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Job Opportunity: Postdoctoral Fellow in Time Domain or Stellar Astrophysics

09 Nov 2020

 

Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics, 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 and fate of stellar systems. Specific areas may include (but are not limited to), supernova, peculiar transients, resolved stellar populations, binary systems, and EM counterparts to gravitational wave sources.

Successful applicants will have the opportunity to be members of SDSS-V, the Young Supernova Experiment, and/or the KMTNet Supernova survey. Other resources include on-going programs with Gemini, Magellan, the VLA, Chandra, Swift, and HST. Inquires about the position should be directed to maria.drout@utoronto.ca

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.

The nominal start date is Sept 1, 2021. Earlier or later start dates are negotiable depending on availability of the applicant. The initial appointment will be for two years, renewable for a third year upon satisfactory performance. The position comes with an annual starting salary of CAD $66,330 plus 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 maria.drout@utoronto.ca with “PDF Application for [LAST NAME-FIRST NAME]” in the subject heading.

Applicants the Dunlap Fellowship (2020-2021 admission cycle) who wish to also be considered for this position need only submit a cover letter.

Closing date: For full consideration, please submit application materials by Dec 18th, 2020.

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.