We invite applications for multiple postdoctoral fellowship applications at the McGill Space Institute (MSI).
MSI is an interdisciplinary research institute within McGill University consisting of 19 affiliated faculty members from the Departments of Physics, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, and Natural Resource Sciences at McGill (http://msi.mcgill.ca/index.php?page=faculty-staff). Research topics include (but are not limited to) astrophysics, cosmology, astrobiology, geophysics, life in extreme environments, and the search for extraterrestrial biosignatures.
A subset of 15 MSI-affiliated faculty form the McGill Astrophysics group, with research spanning theory, observations, and instrumentation, in the fields of cosmology, large scale structure, astroparticle physics, gravitational lensing, galaxy formation and evolution, active galactic nuclei, gamma ray astronomy, the physics of compact objects, nuclear astrophysics, and exoplanets. We have strong ties to the early universe cosmology/high energy theory group (http://www.physics.mcgill.ca/research/thep.html), with numerous common members.
We anticipate offering multiple positions tailored to the successful applicants' research interests:
---MSI Fellowships can be held at any MSI-affiliated department by researchers who specialize in any of the above areas or some interdisciplinary combination thereof.
---Trottier Fellowships will be held at the Department of Physics by researchers who specialize in astrophysics.
Applicants will be automatically considered for both fellowships.
The successful applicant will have a background in either theoretical, observational, experimental, or computational research in any of the MSI’s research areas. Postdoctoral fellows will work within the research group(s) of one or more faculty members at McGill. Applicants are strongly recommended to contact potential supervisors ahead of time; while not strictly required, most successful candidates in the past have done so.
Applicants should submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae including a list of publications, and a research statement, and should arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent through AcademicJobsOnline. Extra letters will be disregarded.
A successful cover letter will provide a quick summary of your research background, a brief statement of future research directions, and how this fits into the research at McGill. We value an inclusive community, and thus we (optionally) welcome descriptions of any barriers that you may have faced in your research career, descriptions of community-oriented activities that have contributed to a more equitable and diverse work environment, or plans for such work that you may have as a postdoctoral fellow at McGill.
A successful research statement will describe both your past research as well as your research plans, with the best balance to be determined by the applicant. The research plans should include a description of how they relate to research currently being performed by faculty members at McGill. While we appreciate that the finest nuances of one's research may be understandable only by experts, applicants are advised to make the broadest strokes of their research (and its significance) understandable to an interdisciplinary selection committee consisting of members coming from the entire breadth of MSI's research mission. The total length of the research statement should not exceed two pages, although an additional page of references is acceptable.
This position offers a competitive salary and benefits, and will be for two years with a possible renewal for a third year, dependent on supervisor approval and the availability of funds. Preference is given to applicants within 3 years of the PhD. All application materials, including letters of recommendation, must be received by the deadline of December 1, 2021.
We expect to make first-round offers and to notify the waitlist by late December. Later-round offers will be made after the new year through mid-February.
We also encourage applicants to consider applying for a CITA National Fellowship to be held at McGill. A separation application must be submitted directly to CITA. See https://jobregister.aas.org/ad/ae610a11 for details (deadline: Nov.8).
McGill University is committed to diversity and equity within its community. We welcome applications from: women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, racialized people/visible minorities, ethnic minorities, 2SLGBTQIA* people (sexual orientation and/or gender identity minorities), and others who may contribute to diversification.