Skip to main content

Job Opportunities

Job Opportunity: Assistant Professor – Observational Astrophysics

30 Sep 2015

Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics                                    Posted on:  September 30, 2015


Applications due: December 1st, 2015



The Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Toronto invites applications for a tenure-stream appointment in observational astrophysics at the rank of Assistant Professor. The appointment will commence on July 1, 2016.


We seek applicants in any area of observational astrophysics. Applicants must have earned a PhD in a related field at the time of appointment, or shortly thereafter. The successful candidate is expected to establish and lead a dynamic externally funded research program, supervise graduate students, teach undergraduate and postgraduate courses, and engage in university service activities. The selection will be based primarily on the applicant’s excellence in research and teaching. Excellence in research is evidenced primarily by the quality of published papers and other documents submitted for review. The successful candidate for this position is expected to pursue innovative research at the highest international level, and to continue an established record of publishing articles in the leading academic journals in the field. Participation in major international conferences, presenting research at other highly ranked schools and other noteworthy activities in Astronomy and Astrophysics that contribute to the visibility and prominence of the discipline are assets. Evidence of excellence in teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate level, including lecture preparation and delivery, curriculum development, and development of online materials/lectures is required. Evidence of excellence in teaching will be demonstrated by letters of reference, teaching evaluations, and dossier and/or syllabi submitted as part of the application.


The University of Toronto offers the opportunity to teach, conduct research, and live in one of the most diverse cities in the world.

The Canadian Institute of Astrophysics, the Dunlap Institute, and the Centre for Planetary Studies are all part of the graduate department of Astronomy and Astrophysics. Toronto astronomers have access to a wide range of observational facilities with guaranteed access to JWST and TMT upcoming.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. All qualified applicants are invited to apply online. To apply, please visit Job#1501012.  Submission guidelines can be found at: We recommend combining attached documents into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format. Applicants should submit their curriculum vitae which includes a full list of electronically accessible publications, a research statement, and a teaching statement. All application materials should be submitted online by December 1, 2015.

Applicants should also request that at least three referees send letters directly via email to by December 1, 2015. Please ensure the candidate’s name is included in the subject line and that letters are on letterhead and signed. Requests for more information can be directed in confidence to the same email address.

For further information about the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, please visit
The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.