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

Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Centre, Dominion Astrophysical Observatory
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Victoria, BC V9E 2E7
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Stagiaire de recherche postdoctorale, Signes de vie sur les exoplanètes
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Desired starting date: September – December 2019

NRC is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow to carry out research on the technologies for detecting and characterizing, by direct imaging, exoplanets around the nearest stars. The Postdoctoral Fellow will join the NRC NEW EARTH team, and focus his/her research at developing an end-to-end simulation of the Planet System Imager (PSI) instrument for the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) instrument. By including the latest frontier developments in the field, the Fellow will play a key role in estimating realistic performances of planet finding instruments for ELT class observatories. The researcher’s findings will be central for understanding the various challenges, and in setting requirements to detect and to characterize Earth-size exoplanets around the nearest stars with PSI and TMT.


During the appointment, the researcher will also have the opportunity to participate in NEW EARTH laboratory experiments, study the various limits from analyzing Gemini Planet Imager data, and collaborate and/or lead observing campaigns to search or to characterize exoplanets.


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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