Applications are invited for a two-year postdoctoral position in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada. The successful applicant will work on high-resolution X-ray spectroscopy and timing of compact objects (neutron stars and black holes) in preparation for upcoming space-based missions.
Over the next decade, advancements in X-ray detectors will revolutionize our understanding of some of the most extreme events in the Universe. Upcoming X-ray missions will be equipped with new technology to provide high-throughput combined with high-resolution timing, imaging and/or spectroscopy. Among the proposed upcoming missions is the Colibrì satellite (https://www.colibri-telescope.ca/), Canada’s flagship X-ray telescope aimed at performing high throughput, high-resolution X-ray spectroscopy of neutron stars and black holes.
The successful applicant will be based at the University of Manitoba and will join the research group of Prof. Samar Safi-Harb. The research will be done in collaboration with Colibrì team members and collaborators, and will be co-supervised by Prof. Jeremy Heyl (University of British Columbia). The funds for this position are made available through the Canadian Space Agency.
Applicants are required to have their PhD and must have experience with X-ray data analysis tools. Applicants with expertise in X-ray timing techniques and high-resolution spectroscopy of compact objects are strongly encouraged to apply and will be given preference. Applicants will be performing data analysis and developing tools for full scientific exploration and planning of data from launched and future missions including NICER, Hitomi, XRISM and Colibrì. Strong applicants with a theoretical/numerical background will be nominated for the CITA (Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics) National Fellowship.
This position will be full-time employment at the University of Manitoba with a negotiable starting date, ideally Aug., 2020 or soon after for a period of 2 years. The exact start date will also depend on the state of the COVID-19 pandemic. The salary will be between $36,000 to $50,000 CAD per year plus benefits, depending on qualifications and seniority.
To apply, please send a CV, a publication list, a description of relevant experience and research plan (ideally all merged in a single PDF), and have three reference letters sent by email to email@example.com (Subject: Postdoctoral Position in X-ray Astronomy). Review of applications will begin June 22, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled.
The University of Manitoba is the province’s largest, research-intensive post-secondary education institution, located near the geographical centre of North America and at the confluence of Assiniboine and Red Rivers. As the capital city of Manitoba, Winnipeg is a mature city of some 750,000 people with rich recreational and cultural opportunities. It combines the amenities of urban life with easy access to the countryside and to northern lakes and forests. The cost of living in Winnipeg is relatively low, housing is affordable, and Manitobans are renown for their friendliness.
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 genders, 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.
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