Dunlap Postdoctoral Fellowship in Astronomical Observation or Computation

Job Summary

Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
University of Toronto
Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics
Number of Positions Available
Work Arrangement

Job Description

The University of Toronto invites applications for the Dunlap Postdoctoral Fellowship in Astronomical Observation or Computation within the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics. The Dunlap Institute pursues innovative instrumentation, technology and observational research to advance our understanding of the Universe, in close collaboration with Toronto colleagues in the David A. Dunlap Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics (DADDAA) and in the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA).


Dunlap Fellows are expected to conduct a program of original research either independently or in collaboration with others at the University of Toronto and will be offered professional development and mentoring across a range of topics relevant to a scientific career. Candidates will be selected on the basis of:

  • potential for innovative research in astronomical observation or computation
  • synergy with existing activities within the Dunlap Institute.

(Potential for innovative research can be established through past accomplishments, future plans, publications, reference letters, or any combination thereof.)


The Dunlap Institute is involved in multiple astronomical observation and computation projects spanning the electromagnetic spectrum. We specifically seek applicants interested in working in one or more of the following areas:

  1. Cosmology with large optical surveys
  2. Time domain and stellar astrophysics
  3. Galaxy formation and evolution
  4. Galactic archaeology with large scale photometric and spectroscopic surveys
  5. Astronomical software development
  6. Cosmic magnetism and radio polarimetry
  7. Scintillometry of fast radio bursts and pulsars

Applicants are strongly encouraged to consider the detailed descriptions of these projects, and to discuss your application with the relevant faculty contacts.


Dunlap Fellows have access to laboratories, computing clusters and fabrication facilities, and can propose for additional internal support for their research activities. Dunlap Fellows are also encouraged to participate in the Institute's outreach and training initiatives. The range of activities and opportunities in research, outreach and training can be seen on the Dunlap Institute’s web site.


The Dunlap Institute, DADDAA and CITA together host more than 150 staff and students in astronomy, who conduct a diverse research program across instrumentation, observation, computation and theory. The Dunlap Institute is located on a beautiful 19th century campus in the heart of one of the world’s great cities. Rated as having one of the highest standards of living in the world, Toronto offers a huge range of indoor and outdoor pursuits, outstanding food and music, and a vibrant and diverse cultural community.


The Dunlap Institute is committed to an inclusive and flexible workplace. We encourage applications from qualified applicants of all sexual orientations and gender expressions, racialized people, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and potential dual-academic- career hires. Subject to immigration regulations, successful candidates will be given the option to take up their Fellowships as part-time appointments (such a request need not be made as part of a candidate's initial application and will not be disclosed to the selection committee).


Appointments are for three years. Dunlap Fellowships include an annual salary (for a full-time appointment) of CAD$72,181 plus generous benefits, a research allowance of CAD$18,000 per year, relocation assistance, and the opportunity to request additional research funds from the Dunlap Institute.


The nominal commencement date is September 1, 2023. Applicants must have earned a PhD in astronomy, astrophysics, or a related field at the time of appointment. Applicants should have a PhD awarded on or after January 1, 2018 (career interruptions or other extenuating circumstances will be accommodated, and should be noted in the cover letter).


All application materials must be submitted online at AcademicJobsOnline, by November 1st, 2022. There are five required components of the application:

  1. A 300-word summary of the applicant’s planned activities as a Dunlap Fellow, submitted via the online application form.
  2. A 300-word summary of how the applicant will benefit from being hosted by the Dunlap Institute and on how the Dunlap Institute will benefit from hosting the applicant, submitted via the online application form.
  3. An indication of which designated topic area(s) the applicant plans to focus on, indicated via the online application form.
  4. A cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a publication list, and a three-page detailed description of the applicant’s planned activities as a Dunlap Fellow.
  5. Three letters of reference (on letterhead and signed), uploaded through AcademicJobsOnline by the applicant’s referees by November 1st, 2022.


Interested applicants should note the existence of other upcoming postdoctoral fellowship opportunities at the University of Toronto, including CITA Postdoctoral Fellowships, Arts & Science Postdoctoral Fellowships and the Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellowships for Black & Indigenous Scholars. Those interested in these opportunities should contact [email protected] for more information.


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. This job is posted in accordance with the CUPE 3902 Unit 5 Collective Agreement.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.


To apply online, please go to https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/fellowship/22520

Application Details

Publication Start Date
2022 Sep 06
Application Deadline
2022 Nov 01
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Professor Bryan Gaensler