Research Associate in Radio Astronomy : Covington Fellowshi

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Publish Date: 
Wednesday, December 22, 2021
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, February 2, 2022
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
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National Research Council Canada
Department Name: 
Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Centre
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Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory
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717 White Lake Road
British Columbia
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Your Challenge

Help bring research to life and drive your career forward with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), Canada's largest research and technology organization.

We are looking for an early-career Research Associate in Radio Astronomy to support our Radio Astronomy team within the Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Centre (HAA). The Research Associate in Radio Astronomy would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.

The successful candidate will be an outstanding recent doctoral graduate in astronomy or astrophysics who is highly motivated to exploit facilities administered by NRC for Canadian astronomers and contributes to projects underway at NRC Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Centre. We are particularly seeking a candidate with research interests in one or more of the following areas:

  • Observational Cosmology;
  • Transient and highly variable sources, including pulsars & fast radio bursts;
  • Magnetic fields in the Milky Way Galaxy;
  • Wide-field radio continuum surveys;
  • Polarization observations;
  • Observations of nearby galaxies;
  • Radio instrumentation.

The successful candidate will be expected to make use of radio facilities at DRAO (Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory), including the Galt 26m telescope, the Synthesis Telescope, the 18-m DVA2, and CHIME, as well as radio instrumentation around the world, such as the Jansky VLA, ALMA, GBT, ATCA, Arecibo, LOFAR, MWA, ASKAP, and MeerKAT. DRAO is a full partner in the CHORD telescope, whose core array will be located at DRAO, and is actively engaged in technical research and development for cutting-edge instruments including CHORD, the SKA, and ALMA. The successful candidate will have many opportunities to work closely with our engineering and technical staff as well as local astronomers.

The successful candidate is expected to work independently and perform original research as well as work in collaboration with NRC Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics staff members associated with projects most relevant to his or her area of expertise. Additionally, the candidate is expected to actively engage with the Canadian astronomy community in support of community use of Canada’s astronomy facilities. The candidate will be expected to organize the DRAO seminar series.

The work is performed in a stimulating, collegial environment. The Research Associate will have access to the astronomical facilities operated by NRC, as well as to other facilities with open competition. Travel for the purposes of collaboration and professional meetings is strongly encouraged.

Candidates with strong instrumentation backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

For background information on the RA program, please go to:


As part of the Research Associate Program you must have received your Ph.D. in astronomy or astrophysics within the last 5 years or you expect to receive the degree within the next six (6) months.

Applications should be made by 31 January 2022 at 11:59 pm Eastern time via the process described at the URL provided.

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Included Benefits: 

NRC employees enjoy a wide-range of benefits including comprehensive health and dental plans, pension and insurance plans, vacation and other leave entitlements.

Application Deadline: 
Monday, January 31, 2022
Selection Deadline: 
Monday, February 28, 2022
Current Status of Position: 
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