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Job Opportunity: Assistant Professor – Observational Astrophysics

22 Mar 2017

Assistant Professor – Observational Astrophysics  1700389 

Job Field: Tenure Stream 

Faculty / Division: Faculty of Arts and Science 

Department: Astronomy and Astrophysics 

Campus: St. George (downtown Toronto) 

Job Posting: Mar 21, 2017 

Job Closing: Jul 15, 2017, 11:59pm EST 


The Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Toronto invites applications for a tenure-stream faculty appointment in observational astrophysics. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor and will commence on 1 July 2018.

We seek applicants in any area of observational astrophysics. A program of research in exoplanets is an asset. 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, output of research or a research pipeline that is at high international levels, as well as the research statement and other documents submitted as part of the application, and strong letters of reference from referees of high standing. 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 for excellence in teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate level, as demonstrated by course evaluations, lecture preparation and delivery, curriculum development, and development of online material/lectures, is required.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

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 arrange of observational facilities through national and collaborative programs.

For more information about the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics please visit our homepage at

All application materials should be submitted online. Submission guidelines can be found at:
To apply, please visit Job Number: 1700389.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 portfolio to include a teaching statement and course evaluations. The application deadline is 15 July 2017.

Applicants should also ask at least three referees to send letters (signed and on letterhead) directly to the department via e-mail to: by 15 July 2017. The candidate’s name should appear in the subject line.
Requests for more information can be directed in confidence to
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.
As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff.
Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.