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Job Posting -POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW, Area of Research: Time Domain or Stellar Astrophysics

20 Dec 2021, by


David A. Dunlap 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, HST, and JWST. Inquiries about the position should be directed to

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, 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 $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 David A. Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics (DADDAA), the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics, and the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA), which together host over 150 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 maximum), and arrange for three letters of recommendations to be sent directly. All materials should be sent to with “PDF Application for [LAST NAME-FIRST NAME]” in the subject heading.

Closing date: For full consideration, please submit application materials by Jan 21th, 2021.

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, LGBTQ2S+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.