Postdoctoral Fellowship (Research Associate), NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL of CANADA (NRC)

Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Centre, Dominion Astrophysical Observatory
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Desired starting date: September – December 2019

The National Research Council of Canada, Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Centre, is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow who will develop a pioneering program to use existing, multi-wavelength, state-of-the-art imaging and spectroscopy for the Virgo Cluster to address the formation and evolution of cosmic structures, including galaxies, stellar nuclei and star clusters. Of particular interest are candidates who will lead the study of scaling relations for Virgo’s stellar systems, but all applicants with science interests that will benefit from the use of Virgo’s diverse dataset, which includes data from CFHT (NGVS, VESTIGE), Gemini, VLT, Hubble, Astrosat, Chandra, XMM, Hershel, JCMT, VLASS and CHIME, will be given full consideration.


Working collaboratively with NRC astronomers and computer scientists, and exploiting the advanced processing and analysis capabilities offered by the Canadian Astronomy Data Centre (CADC) and the Canadian Advanced Network for Astronomical Research (CANFAR),  the successful applicant will develop techniques needed for source identification and characterization across multiple datasets, and contribute to a user-driven data interrogation system that will enable to extract source parameters directly from pixel values rather than parametric, catalogue-based measurements. Applicants with strong scientific backgrounds as well as experience in the management and handling of large and diverse datasets, and/or in Machine Learning and Convolutional Neural Network based techniques are particularly encouraged to apply.


The initial appointment is of two years duration. Although the hiring is at the postdoctoral level, this is considered a term staff scientist position with all the associated benefits, including paid maternity and parental leave, vacation, accruable pension contributions and others. In addition to a highly competitive salary, the successful applicant will receive support for publications, observing and conference travel.



To be eligible, applicants must have acquired their Ph.D. within the last three years or expect to obtain their degree before taking up the position. For more information on this job opportunity and to submit your application, visit our website at


NRC is an equal opportunity employer.

Applications should be made by 12 June 2019 via the process described at the URL provided.

Included Benefits: 

NRC employees enjoy a wide-range of benefits including comprehensive health and dental plans, pension and insurance plans, vacation and other leave entitlements.

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