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Postdoctorial Position in Astrostatistics

01 Oct 2015

Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics

University of Toronto


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Attention To: Alice Chow, Business Officer

Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Toronto

50 St. George Street, Toronto, ON M5S 3H4 Canada


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Closing Date for Receipt of Applications: December 1, 2015


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Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position in astrostatistics within the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Toronto, located in downtown Toronto.


The successful candidate will work with Prof Renée Hložek on statistical methods applied to large data sets like those expected from the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST). The main areas of focus will be on the analysis and interpretation of LSST-like supernova data and optimisation of the pipeline and design of large optical transient surveys. Appropriately qualified applicants will also be encouraged to conduct independent research in related areas.


Prospective candidates are encouraged to contact Prof Hložek ( for additional information before applying.


The Dunlap Institute pursues groundbreaking astronomical research across the electromagnetic spectrum, through innovative approaches to instrumentation, data-driven science and observations, alongside a substantive commitment to outreach and training. The Dunlap Institute is co-located with and has strong ties to the University’s Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics (DAA) and to the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA). These three units together host over 130 staff and students in astronomy, who conduct a diverse research program across instrumentation, observations, computation and theory. The Dunlap Institute is located on a beautiful 19th century campus in the heart of one of the world’s great cities. 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.

Candidates must possess a recent PhD or equivalent qualification in astronomy/astrophysics or statistics, and should provide evidence of proficiency in oral and written communication. The initial appointment will be for two years, renewable for additional years subject to satisfactory performance.


The Dunlap Institute is committed to a flexible and inclusive workplace. We encourage applications from qualified women and men, members of visible minorities, aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, and potential two-body hires. Subject to immigration regulations, the successful candidate will be given the option to take up the position as a part-time appointment (such a request need not be made as part of a candidate’s initial application).


The nominal starting date for the position is September 1, 2016, although earlier starting dates are possible. Applicants should provide a cover letter addressing the above selection criteria; a CV and list of publications; a summary of research interests and accomplishments (3 pages maximum); and should arrange to have three letters of reference sent to, all to be received no later than December 1, 2015. Only electronic applications (PDF attachments preferred) will be accepted.


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 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.