The NRC Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics Program (NRC Herzberg) requires a Postdoctoral Research Associate (RA) at the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory (DAO) in Victoria, BC. The successful candidate will be an outstanding recent doctoral graduate in astrophysics or a closely related discipline who is highly motivated to contribute to projects led by NRC Herzberg staff members and exploiting facilities administered by NRC for Canadian astronomers.
The successful candidate will:
• Work independently and perform original research in collaboration with NRC Herzberg staff members associated with the projects that are most relevant to the applicant’s area of expertise; in particular, he/she will help lead the scientific exploitation of projects that utilize the astronomical facilities and infrastructure whose Canadian access is administered by NRC-Herzberg, including:
1. High contrast imaging of exoplanets and debris disks (Principal contact: Christian Marois)
2. Characterization and multi-wavelength observations of Kuiper Belt Objects (Principal contact: JJ Kavelaars)
3. Study of planet or star formation processes (Principal contact: Brenda Matthews)
4. Resolved stellar population analysis of the Galaxy and its nearest neighbours (Principal contact: Alan McConnachie)
5. Scientific exploitation of data taken as part of the Next Generation Virgo Cluster Survey (NGVS): (Principal contact: Laura Ferrarese)
• Keep an active engagement with the community to advance NRC Herzberg’s mandate. In particular, NRC Herzberg is a leading developer of instrumentation for ground and space-based telescopes (e.g., ALMA, CFHT, Gemini, JCMT, JWST, SKA, TMT), and is at the forefront of scientific data preservation, distribution and analysis techniques. The CADC, which is home to the Canadian Virtual Observatory, the CANFAR cloud computing network, and data archives including, e.g., CFHT, CGPS, Gemini, HST and JCMT, is also located at NRC Herzberg.
• Share with other RAs the organization of the weekly seminar series which runs Sept.-April
Applicants must have acquired their PhD within the last five years or expect to receive the degree within the next 6 months.
Applications should be made by 17 February 2014 via the process described at the URL provided.
Further project information available at : http://www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/careers/jobpost.nsf/EnglishAll/7A96552CD92CC21...
Closing date: 17 February
Please note that this information is available in French on our website at : http://www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/careers/jobpost.nsf/FrenchAll/7A96552CD92CC217...