The Canadian Institute for Advanced Research brings together top international researchers to tackle many of the most interesting and pressing questions of our time. Our Junior Fellow Academy offers gifted, early career researchers the unique opportunity to participate in CIFAR’s global research network and to closely collaborate, and be mentored by, some of Canada’s and the world’s best researchers.
Junior Fellows take part in one of CIFAR’s innovative research programs, where researchers meet regularly to establish new frameworks for thinking about the world with the potential to improve human health and the environment, transform technology, build strong societies, understand human culture and even chart the universe. To enhance leadership skills within an interdisciplinary network of peers, CIFAR also brings together Junior Fellows from all twelve programs for separate Academy meetings.
CIFAR’s Cosmology and Gravity Program is seeking an outstanding postdoctoral researcher to fill a Junior Fellowship position beginning in or after July 2013. The Junior Fellowship will be held in conjunction with a university postdoctoral appointment supervised by one or more program Fellows or Scholars. The position is tenable at any of the Canadian institutions where Fellows or Scholars of the Program are based. A list of eligible supervisors is provided below. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the program member(s) they wish to work with prior to submitting an application.
Topics: The Cosmology and Gravity Program studies a wide range of topics spanning five major areas of research: physical cosmology, early universe physics, high energy astrophysics, gravitational astrophysics and numerical relativity, and particle astrophysics.
Who Should Apply: Individuals who have completed or will complete their PhD no more than three years prior to the anticipated Fellowship starting date are eligible to apply. The successful candidate will have an exceptional record of accomplishment, excellent communication skills, and strong potential to collaborate with program members. The candidate will also be interested in exploring the contributions of research to society in collaboration with their peers from other CIFAR programs.
Duration: Junior Fellows become members of the Junior Fellow Academy for a period of five years. The first two years are fully funded by CIFAR. Candidates may be able to negotiate for an additional year of salary and/or research support from their designated supervisor. For the last three years of the Junior Fellowship, CIFAR covers the cost to attend Academy meetings.
Value: CIFAR provides $70,000 CDN/year for salary and benefits, plus $5,000 CDN/year for research support, for two years. However, candidates may be able to negotiate for a salary and/or research support top-up from their designated supervisor.
How to Apply: Applications will be submitted through an online application system. Instructions are posted at www.cifar.ca/JFA. The application deadline for the Cosmology & Gravity Junior Fellowship is November 30, 2012. Visit the website today for more information about CIFAR and its Junior Fellow Academy.
CIFAR 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 further diversification of ideas.
*Current Canada-based Cosmology & Gravity Program Fellows and Scholars eligible to supervise this Junior Fellow position are listed below. In addition, the Program has a distinguished group of Canadian and International Associates that can work with the Junior Fellows. For more information about the full current membership, please visit the researcher profiles posted on the CIFAR website.
UBC: M. Choptuik, W. Unruh, L. Van Waerbeke, G. Hinshaw
Perimeter Institute: L. Lehner, R. Myers, N. Turok
U of Victoria: J. Navarro
Queen’s U : M. Chen