Postdoc Committee

Activities

The CASCA Postdoctoral Committee has issued a statement on the long-term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the lives and careers of precariously-employed scientists in Canada. In particular, there is an urgent need for additional, direct financial support to postdoctoral scientists in order to weather the fallout from this extraordinary crisis, and to safeguard the continued impact and productivity of Canadian science.

Statement on the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Postdoctoral Scientists

CANadian Virtual Astronomy Seminar

The CASCA Postdoctoral Committee invites you to join us for the monthly CANVAS seminar series, where we highlight the fantastic research being carried out by postdoctoral fellows across Canada and Canadian scientists abroad. Postdoctoral scholars working in Canadian astronomy produce a large fraction of our published, high-impact papers, while they are precariously employed in temporary positions. In this talk series, we recognize some of this impressive work.

2022/06/23 @Noon Pacific/3PM Eastern Vincente Estrada Saint Mary’s University
2022/05/26 @Noon Pacific/3PM Eastern Leo Alcorn University of Toronto
2022/04/28 @Noon Pacific/3PM Eastern Josh Speagle University of Toronto
2022/03/24 @Noon Pacific/3PM Eastern Ian Roberts Leiden Ram Pressure Stripping in Nearby Groups and Clusters: A Low Frequency Perspective
2022/02/24 @Noon Pacific/3PM Eastern Anna Ordog UBCO/DRAO Polarised radio observations for exploring the three-dimensional Galactic magnetic field
2022/01/27 @Noon Pacific/3PM Eastern Ameek Sidhu Western Revisiting Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Emission in Photodissociation Regions
2021/11/25 @Noon Pacific/3PM Eastern Keir Rogers UofT/Dunlap Cosmic probes of dark matter physics
2021/10/28 @Noon Pacific/3PM Eastern Nicole Drakos UCSC Dark Matter Halos from Small to Large
2021/09/23 @Noon Pacific/3PM Eastern Alex Cridland Leiden Connecting planet formation and astrochemistry: A C/O main sequence in warm and hot giant planets.
2021/07/22 @Noon Pacific/3PM Eastern Jane Kaczmarek DRAO CHIME/FRB Outriggers
2021/06/22 @Noon Pacific/3PM Eastern Alexa Villaume Waterloo Probing the extremes of galaxy evolution with new stellar population synthesis models
2021/05/27 @Noon Pacific/3PM Eastern Mike Chen Queens Understanding Mass Assembly in Star Formation via Filament Kinematics
2021/04/22 @Noon Pacific/3PM Eastern Nina Gusinskaia U. of T. Interstellar scintillation of the pulsar triple system PSR J0337+1715
2021/03/25 @Noon Pacific/3PM Eastern Kartheik Iyer Dunlap Constraining galaxy evolution using timescales from simulations and observations
2021/02/25 @Noon Pacific/3PM Eastern Thomas Navarro McGill Dynamical surface-atmosphere coupling of Venus: consequences for length of day variations and transport of atmospheric angular momentum.

Mandate and Terms of Reference

The mandate of the CASCA Postdoc Committee (hereafter PDC) is to reflect the views of, and address issues important to, the postdoctoral community in Canada. While postdoctoral members are Ordinary members within CASCA, it is understood that their views and needs may differ from those of tenure track faculty or career researchers within institutes. For instance, postdoc members provide expert-level scientific labour along with their faculty and career researcher colleagues, but postdoc employment is often defined by short-term contracts which can substantially impact their professional and personal life.

The committee has been established on an ad-hoc basis until the 2021 Annual General Meeting, at which point the Board will decide on whether to convert the committee into a Standing Committee.

The PDC will:

  1. Represent the views of CASCA’s postdoctoral members, gathering and presenting information to support an inclusive and thriving postdoc community;
  2. Provide strategic guidance relevant to the postdoc community to the CASCA Board and wider astronomical community;
  3. Conduct ongoing monitoring of the working conditions for postdocs such as salaries, benefits, contract lengths, and experience inside and outside of Canada;
  4. Communicate all relevant information regarding the views and concerns of postdoctoral members to the Board of Directors and where possible recommend strategies to the Board;
  5. Be ready to respond to special requests from the CASCA Board;
  6. Report formally via the normal biannual process, with the Board reviewing these reports in their December and May Board meetings.
  7. Advise the Long Range Plan Community Recommendations Implementation Committee regarding implementation of Long Range Plan 2020 recommendations

Membership of the Committee

The Postdoctoral Committee shall consist of

  1. The Chair – officer (voting)
  2. The Vice-Chair – officer (voting)
  3. Up to five additional voting members

Length of term: All positions on the committee are 3-year terms.

Role of the Chair:

  1. The Chair will be the primary spokesperson for the Postdoctoral committee.
  2. Act as the primary liaison with the CASCA Board
  3. Call meetings and set agendas, and chair said meetings
  4. Also follow directives for non-officers

Role of the Vice-Chair:

  1. Deputize for the Chair when needed
  2. Record information as determined necessary by the committee
  3. Also follow directives for non-officers

Role of non-officers:

  1. To make the best effort to attend all meetings
  2. Represent broad viewpoints

Internal Committee Discussion

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