Research Associate in Radio Astronomy (104-15-0056)

New November 30th 2015 deadline.
Help bring research to life and drive your career forward with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), Canada’s premiere research and technology organization.

We are looking for a dynamic Research Associate to support the Radio Astronomy team within the Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics (HAA) portfolio. You are someone who shares our core values of impact, accountability, leadership, integrity and collaboration.

The successful candidate will be an outstanding recent doctoral graduate in astronomy or astrophysics who is highly motivated to exploit facilities administered by NRC for Canadian astronomers and contributes to projects underway at NRC Herzberg. We are particularly seeking a candidate with research interests in one or more of the following areas:
• The study of magnetic fields in the Milky Way Galaxy through radio-polarimetric observations or via Zeeman splitting
• Wide-field radio continuum surveys with an emphasis on polarization imaging
• Observations of nearby galaxies
• Transient and highly variable sources, including Pulsars
• Observational Cosmology.

The successful candidate will be expected to make use of radio facilities at DRAO, the Synthesis Telescope and the John A. Galt Telescope, as well as many others around the world, such as the Jansky VLA, ALMA, GBT, CHIME, ATCA, Arecibo, LOFAR, MWA, and the SKA precursors ASKAP and MeerKAT.

The successful candidate is expected to work independently and perform original research as well as work in collaboration with NRC Herzberg staff members associated with projects most relevant to his or her area of expertise. Additionally, the candidate is expected to actively engage with the Canadian astronomy community in support of community use of Canada’s astronomy facilities. The candidate will be expected to organize the DRAO seminar series.

The work is performed in a stimulating, collegial environment. The Research Associate will have access to the astronomical facilities operated by NRC, as well as to other facilities with open competition.

Candidates with strong instrumentation backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Please note that a cover letter, CV, publication list, and a research proposal no longer than 3 pages must be attached to your online application. If at all possible, the proposal should highlight areas that are relevant to one or more of the research areas listed above. In addition, please have at least two letters of reference sent by email in confidence to by the November 30th 2015 deadline quoting #104-15-0056 in the subject line. Unique to this RA competition, transcripts and copies of degrees will only be required to be submitted at the offer stage. For background information on the RA program, please go to:


As part of the RA Program you must have received your Ph.D. in astronomy or astrophysics within the last 5 years or you expect to receive the degree within the next 6 months.


Five years or less experience in astrophysics beyond the Ph.D.

Experience in conducting original scientific research in radio astrophysics, demonstrated by published papers in the refereed scientific literature.

Experience with radio interferometry/aperture synthesis and/or single dish techniques.

Experience with instrumentation would be considered an asset.

Preference will be given to those with research interests related to SKA key science projects.

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Salary Range:

The Research Associate Program is unique to the NRC. It falls under the RO/RCO classification system which uses a person-based classification system instead of the more common duties-based classification system. Candidates are remunerated based on their expertise, skill, outcomes and impacts of their previous work experience.

From $49,670 to $140,418 per annum.

Only applications received on our website will be accepted.  Please visit to submit your résumé.

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