The Department of Statistics and the Department of Physics & Astronomy
Faculty of Science
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Assistant or Associate Professors in Astrostatistics
Position # 30390 /30391
The Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Department of Statistics invite applications for two joint, full-time, tenure-track positions at the Assistant or Associate Professor level, commencing July 1, 2022, or on a date mutually agreed upon. Salary and rank will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.
The Departments seek emerging scholars with a commitment to excellence in teaching and research. Exceptional candidates at the rank of Professor may also be considered. Outstanding candidates in any area integrating Astronomy/Astrophysics and Statistics, including (but not limited to) machine learning techniques, will be considered, with particular emphasis on candidates who will complement or extend the faculty’s strengths in both departments. We are particularly interested in candidates who have understanding of Astronomy and Astrophysics research problems and who can develop modern statistical techniques for analyzing massive astronomy and astrophysics data. The Canadian Astronomy Long Range Plan highlights the importance of large astronomical surveys, which benefit from astrostatistical methods. The Department of Statistics hosts the regional centre of the Canadian Statistical Sciences Institute (CANSSI), and the Department of Physics and Astronomy is a partner in the CFI funded Cirada Grant. Given these and other activities, the successful candidates will find a stimulating home in both the Department of Statistics and the Department of Physics & Astronomy.
Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Astronomy, Statistics or a closely related field and must demonstrate excellence in teaching and research. Duties will include undergraduate teaching, graduate teaching and supervision, research, including the establishment of an externally funded research program, and service-related activities. The successful candidate will have a track record of high-quality scholarly research leading to peer assessed publications; will either have, or demonstrate the potential to establish, an independent, innovative, scholarly, externally fundable research program; will have demonstrated strength in or strong potential for outstanding teaching contributions; and will exhibit evidence of the ability to work in a collaborative environment.
To enrich our Department and create role models for a diverse population of students, we particularly invite application from those who can support and enhance our diversity, including women, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities and racialized persons, and those committed to a diverse environment.
The Department of Physics & Astronomy currently has 22 full time tenured and tenure track faculty members and 2 Instructors. The Department of Statistics currently has 12 full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty members and 5 instructors. Both departments offer a full range of both undergraduate and graduate programs, and aim to strengthen these programs through this interdisciplinary position. These positions will be synergetic with the newly launched Data Science Nexus housed in the Faculty of Science. High-performance computing clusters exist in-house, and additional facilities are available through Compute Canada. Further information about the Departments and Data Science Nexus can be obtained from https://sci.umanitoba.ca/physics-astronomy/ https://sci.umanitoba.ca/statistics/ https://sci.umanitoba.ca/data-science-nexus/ . Winnipeg is the largest city in the Province of Manitoba. The city has a rich cultural environment, including symphony, opera, dance, theatre, and ethnic festivals. The region provides ample opportunities for outdoor recreation in all seasons. Learn more about Winnipeg at <winnipeg.ca>.
The University of Manitoba is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from women, racialized persons, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.
If you require accommodation supports during the recruitment process, please contact UM.Accommodation@umanitoba.ca or 204-474-7195. Please note this contact information is for accommodation reasons only.
Applications including a curriculum vitae, a description of teaching philosophy (and evidence of high quality teaching if available), a summary of research interests (highlighting interdisciplinary aspects), a three-page research plan, and the names and contact information for three references should be sent to SAfirstname.lastname@example.org (a merged single PDF file is preferred). Please ensure to specify position number 30390/30391 in the application. For further information contact the Search Committee Chairs at Robert Stamps email@example.com (Physics & Astronomy) and Liqun.Wang@umanitoba.ca (Statistics). The closing date for receipt of applications is October 15, 2021.
Application materials, including letters of reference, will be handled in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Please note that curricula vitae may be provided to participating members of the search process.