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Job Opportunity : Postdoctoral Fellow

12 Dec 2018




University of Toronto



Area of Research: Time Domain or Stellar Astrophysics

Description: The University of Toronto invites applications for a postdoctoral research position with Prof. Maria R. Drout in the areas of time domain or stellar astrophysics. The postdoc will lead and participate in observational or data-driven projects broadly relating to the evolution, influence, and ultimate fate of massive stars. Specific areas include multi-wavelength observations of supernova & peculiar transients, electromagnetic counterparts to gravitational wave sources, and resolved stellar populations.

Qualifications: PhD in astronomy or related subjects. Applicants with previous experience with wide-field time domain surveys, multi-wavelength follow-up of transients, stellar populations in large astronomical datasets, stellar spectroscopy, or analysis of high-cadence stellar light curves are particularly encouraged to apply.

Resources include on-going programs with Gemini, Magellan, Swope, the VLA, Chandra, Swift, HST, the KMTNet Supernova Program, the Global Supernova Project, ASASSN, iPTF, PS1, LSST, and APOGEE-S. Inquires about the position should be directed to

The nominal start date is Sept 1, 2019. Earlier or later start dates are negotiable depending on availability of the applicant. The position is for two years, renewable for a third year upon satisfactory performance. Salary will be commensurate with experience, and the position includes benefits, relocation assistance, and a research allowance. Applicants must have earned a PhD in astronomy, astrophysics or a related field at the time of appointment.

The University of Toronto is home to the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics (DAA), the Dunlap Institute, the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA) and the Center for Planetary Sciences (CPS), which together host over 130 staff and students in astronomy, who conduct a diverse research program across instrumentation, observation, computation and theory. Rated as having one of the highest standards of living in the world, Toronto offers a huge range of indoor and outdoor pursuits, outstanding food and music, and a vibrant and diverse cultural community.

Application instructions: All individuals interested in this position must submit a cover letter, CV and publication list, brief statement of research interests and qualifications (3 pages), and arrange for three letters of recommendations to be sent directly. All materials should be sent to with “PDF Application for [LAST NAME-FIRST NAME]” in the subject heading.

Applicants presently under consideration for the Dunlap Fellowship (2018-2019 admission cycle) who wish to also be considered for this position need only submit a cover letter.

Salary: Salary will be commensurate on experience, Medical benefits are included

Closing date: For full consideration, please submit application materials by Jan 18th, 2019.

The normal hours of work are 40 hours per week for a full-time postdoctoral fellow (pro-rated for those holding a partial appointment) recognizing that the needs of the employee’s research and training and the needs of the supervisor’s research program may require flexibility in the performance of the employee’s duties and hours of work.  Employment as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto is covered by the terms of the CUPE 3902 Unit 5 Collective Agreement. This job is posted in accordance with the CUPE 3902 Unit 5 Collective Agreement.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas