Postdoctoral Position in Radio Polarimetry

Deadline to Apply for Job: November 1, 2015

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Attention To: Alice Chow, Business Officer
Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics
University of Toronto
50 St. George Street
Toronto, ON M5S 3H4 Canada

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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 Polarization Sky Survey of the Universe’s Magnetism (“POSSUM”), a wide-field radio polarization and Faraday rotation survey about to commence on the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP).


The appointee is expected to contribute to the success of the POSSUM project via the development of relevant software, data pipelines and catalog products, working under the supervision of Dunlap Director Prof Bryan Gaensler. Appropriately qualified applicants will also be encouraged to conduct independent research in areas relevant to the POSSUM survey. People with skills in radio polarization, software pipelines, source finding and large astronomical surveys/catalogs are all encouraged to apply. Prospective candidates are encouraged to contact Prof Gaensler ( for additional information before submitting their 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 astronomy/astrophysics, should have demonstrated experience in processing of large astronomical surveys or catalogs, and should provide evidence of proficiency in oral and written communication. Prior expertise in radio polarimetry or 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 November 1, 2015. Only electronic applications (PDF attachments preferred) will be accepted.