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Job Posting – Course Instructor AST 3101 – Fall Term

01 Sep 2021

David A. Dunlap Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics

Job Posting – Course Instructor AST 3101

Fall Term 2021 (September-December)


Emergency posting, posted on August 30, 2021 till September 8, 2021

AST3101 – Introduction to Sampling Methods – Mini Course, part of AST3101

How do we quantify uncertainty in theory and in practice? This course will introduce

you to “Monte Carlo” sampling methods, a powerful class of methods commonly used to estimate many of these uncertainties in the context of Bayesian inference.


PhD or equivalent training in Astronomy, with experience in teaching university courses in astronomy is an asset; strong academic record, and mastery of subject area is highly desirable.

Relevant Criterion

Past teaching experience is the more relevant criterion than the need to acquire experience in respect of this posted position.

Duties: All normal duties related to the design and teaching of a university credit course, including preparation and delivery of course content; development, administration and marking of assignments, test and exams; calculation and submission of grades; holding regular office hours.

Estimated Course Enrolment: 5 graduate students

Estimated TA support: 0 hours

Schedule: Monday and Friday – 3pm. Classes begin October 4 and end November 15, 2021

Rate of Pay: 1/4 of a full FAS course (rate inclusive of vacation pay) will be $3991.04 plus vacation pay

Application Process

Please submit CV, cover letter and a proposed syllabus to Alena Wasney by email at by September 8th, 2021

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The position posted above is tentative, pending final course determinations and enrolments.

Duties of this position shall be performed at the campus on which the position is located. Where the duties are intended to be performed at another location, such other location will be specified in the posting.

Positions posted here are open to Graduate Students in the School of Graduate Studies, Postdoctoral Fellows and Undergraduate Students in the University of Toronto.

The hiring criteria for Course Instructor positions are academic qualifications, the need to acquire experience, previous teaching experience and previous satisfactory employment under the provisions of this collective agreement.