Postdoctoral Position in Near-field Cosmology

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Friday, October 21, 2022
Archive Date: 
Friday, December 16, 2022
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
University of Toronto
Department Name: 
Department Of Astronomy And Astrophysics
Street Line 1: 
50 St. George Street
M5S 3H4
Job Announcement Text: 

The University of Toronto invites applications for a postdoctoral research position in the area of near field cosmology with an expected start date of September 1, 2023.  The successful applicant will collaborate with Profs. Ting Li and Jo Bovy and members of their groups on projects of common interest in the field of near-field cosmology, including galactic archaeology and dynamics. Topics of interest include the Milky Way’s stellar halo, nearby dwarf galaxies, stellar streams, the formation and (dynamical) evolution of the galactic disk and bar, and astrophysical constraints on the nature of dark matter. The successful applicant will be expected to lead new, data-driven projects using data from large surveys and to be interested in working with students and other postdoctoral associates.

The successful applicant will be able to participate in SDSS-V, the Dark Energy Survey (DES), the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Experiment (DESI), the Southern Stellar Stream Spectroscopic Survey (S5), the DECam Local Volume Exploration Survey (DELVE), and LSST. Other resources include access to many optical telescopes through the Canadian TAC, including the 4-meter Canada France Hawaii Telescope and the two 8-meter Gemini Telescopes, and to high-performance computing through SciNet.

The initial appointment will be for two years; depending on performance, a one-year extension is possible. 

Salary: The position comes with a competitive annual starting salary of $70,000, commensurate with qualifications, plus benefits, relocation assistance, and a research allowance. 

Minimum Qualifications: Candidates must possess a PhD in Physics, Astronomy, or Astrophysics by the start date.

Preferred Qualifications: Experience in working with large-survey data is highly desirable. 

Application Instructions: All application materials must be submitted online at AcademicJobsOnline by December 15, 2022. Applicants should submit (in PDF format): a cover letter, a statement of research interests and accomplishments of no more than 3 pages, and a CV (including list of publications). Applicants should also arrange to have three reference letters uploaded through AcademicJobsOnline directly by the writers by December 15, 2022. Review of applications will start on December 15, 2022, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Closing Date: December 15, 2022

Supervisors: Professor Ting Li and Professor Jo Bovy

Expected Start Date: September 1, 2023

FTE: 100%


The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. 

The normal hours of work are 40 hours per week for a full-time postdoctoral fellow (pro-rated for those holding a partial appointment) recognizing that the needs of the employee’s research and training and the needs of the supervisor’s research program may require flexibility in the performance of the employee’s duties and hours of work. 

Employment as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto is covered by the terms of the CUPE 3902 Unit 5 Collective Agreement. 

Application Deadline: 
Thursday, December 15, 2022
Current Status of Position: 
No Status Given (Opted Out)
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Postdoctoral Position in Near-field Cosmology