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Postdoctoral Position in Radio Interferometry

02 Nov 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: January 15, 2016



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The Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Toronto seeks to appoint a postdoctoral researcher to work on scientific and technical problems related to the real-time imaging pipeline of the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME), a wide-field radio survey telescope studying both the cosmological Large-Scale Structure of the Universe, and the more local time-variable radio sky.


The appointee is expected to contribute to the success of CHIME via the development of relevant software, data pipelines and catalog products, working under the supervision of Prof Keith Vanderlinde. Appropriately qualified applicants will also be encouraged to conduct independent research in areas relevant to the CHIME survey. People with skills and experience in aperture synthesis interferometry, distributed software pipelines or GPU-based processing systems are encouraged to apply. Prospective candidates are encouraged to contact Prof Vanderlinde ( for additional information prior to submitting their applications. Candidates are also encouraged to apply for Dunlap postdoctoral fellowships; in this case, applications for this position may consist of only a cover letter that explicitly grants access permission of the relevant Dunlap application and associated reference letters for the purposes of this job application


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 physics or astronomy, should have demonstrated experience in pipeline software development, and should provide evidence of proficiency in oral and written communication. Prior expertise in radio interferometry is desirable but not essential. 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 Jan 15, 2016. 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.