Postdoctoral position in Pulsar and FRB Astrophysics, University of British Columbia

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Archive Date: 
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Department Name: 
Physics and Astronomy
Street Line 1: 
V6T 1Z1
Job Announcement Text: 

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of British Columbia in beautiful Vancouver, Canada.   The successful candidate will work in the pulsar and Fast Radio Burst (FRB) research group of Professor Ingrid Stairs.  The postdoc will be able to work on multiple projects, including the North American Nanohertz Observatory for Gravitational Waves (NANOGrav), which aims to use an array of precisely timed millisecond pulsars to constrain and ultimately detect low-frequency gravitational waves; science with the Pulsar and FRB instruments on the new CHIME telescope; searches for and timing of pulsars using Arecibo, the Green Bank Telescope and MeerKAT.  Longstanding group interests include neutron-star masses and relativistic binary systems, while the CHIME FRB instrument is poised to make a slew of new discoveries.  There will be opportunities for observing and for collaboration and conference travel.  The postdoc will also have time available for personal research that bears relation to pulsar or FRB astronomy.

The position will be available as early as Summer 2019, or a date that is mutually agreeable.  The initial appointment will be for two years, with a third year possible depending on performance and funding.  Applicants must have obtained a Ph.D. in Astronomy or Physics not more than 5 years prior to the start date.  Experience in pulsar or FRB observations and/or instrumentation will be a strong asset, as will good computing skills.

Only electronic applications will be accepted.  Applicants should send a C.V. and statement of research interests, and arrange for three letters of reference to be sent by Dec. 1, 2018 to Prof. Stairs at .  

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.  Information on the Department of Physics and Astronomy may be found on the web at

Application Deadline: 
Saturday, December 1, 2018
Selection Deadline: 
Monday, January 21, 2019
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Attention To: 
Ingrid Stairs