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Job Posting – Postdoctoral Fellow in Near Field Cosmology and Galactic Archeology

01 Nov 2021

Description: The University of Toronto invites applications for a postdoctoral research position with Prof. Ting Li and members of her group in the areas of near-field cosmology. The postdoc will lead and participate in observational or data-driven projects broadly relating to Milky Way’s stellar halo, nearby dwarf galaxies, and dark matter astrophysics, using photometric and/or spectroscopic data from large surveys or other telescope resources (see below). Researchers working on comparison between simulations and observations will also be considered.

Successful applicants will have the opportunity to be members of SDSS-V, Dark Energy Survey (DES), Dark Energy Spectroscopic Experiment (DESI), Southern Stellar Stream Spectroscopic Survey (S5) and DECam Local Volume Exploration Survey (DELVE). Other resources include on-going programs with Magellan Telescope, Very Large Telescope, Anglo-Australia Telescope, etc. Inquires about the position should be directed to

Required qualifications: Applicants must have earned a PhD in astronomy, astrophysics or a related field at the time of appointment.

The nominal start date is Sept 1, 2022. 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 $68,000 plus benefits, relocation assistance, and a research allowance.

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, a CV (including a list of publications), and a statement of research interests and accomplishments (no more than 3 pages); please combine all application materials into a single PDF attachment. Also include the contact information of three people who may be asked to provide a reference. All materials including the reference letters should be sent to with “Postdoc Application for [LAST NAME-FIRST NAME]” in the subject heading.

Closing date: For full consideration, please submit application materials by Jan 15th, 2022.

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.