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With the expansion of SNO to form SNOLAB, an international facility for underground particle astrophysics, Canada now operates the premier laboratory of this kind in the world, and Canadian-led international collaborations are constructing world-leading experiments there. For the moment, Canada is in an enviable position with a world-leading facility and a cutting edge research program. Queen’s University is spearheading the CPARC initiative to create an opportunity that will enable Canadian scientists to ensure their continued and enhanced pre-eminence in this field by obtaining maximum benefit from the current program while leading the science and technology developments that will be required for the next generation of world-leading experiments.

To ensure that Canada is well positioned to lead in this global effort, Queen’s has undertaken to make astroparticle physics the priority research area for the University. Through CPARC, Queen’s is taking the initiative to forge partnerships with all institutions across Canada active in this field and aims to engage the international community and industrial partners.

An overarching goal is to create an environment of international excellence and to produce world-leading advances in detector development, such that the international community will rally around a next generation experiment bringing funding and expertise to bear on these Canadian initiatives.

The partners in the CPARC initiative include institutions from across Canada that are active in particle astrophysics research. This includes the following Universities: the founding members of CPARC:

CPARC is also strengthened through partnerships with institutes and laboratories across Canada, including:

Through CPARC, Queen’s University’s goal is to collaborate closely with its partners to augment key strengths in selected areas, producing a critical mass that will lead the development of technologies such as novel photo-detectors, trace elemental analyses and underground engineering. These will benefit the future SNOLAB program and are highly relevant to Canadian industries interested in advancing medical instrumentation, environmental monitoring, and underground engineering standards.

A Multidisciplinary approach at Queen’s University

Queen’s University is the lead institution and host for the Canadian Particle Astrophysics Centre. To develop the technologies required for new detector technologies, we will need to draw on expertise from numerous disciplines within Queen’s University. Through CPARC, Queen’s will bring together and augment the multidisciplinary expertise in engineering, analytical chemistry, geochemistry and isotope analysis together with the particle astrophysics understanding. By building a network of expertise across the campus, we also tap into the resources and connections of new peers to enable this development further. The centre will also enhance and coordinate the intellectual exchange in this field by expanding international collaborations, and will broaden the scope of our scholarly discourse by forming alliances with our colleagues in astronomy, cosmology and foundational theoretical physics.

To build the capacity across disciplines at Queen’s, new faculty positions are being targeted for:

  • A Tenure Track Particle Astrophysics Experimentalist in Physics
  • A Tenure Track Astrophysics / Particle Astrophysics "Bridge" in Physics/Astronomy
  • A Tenure Track Particle Astrophysics Theorist in Physics, Joint with the Perimeter Institute
  • A Tenure Track Engineering Physics Detector Development Position in Physics Joint with TRIUMF
  • A Tenure Track Radio-Analytical Chemist in Chemistry
  • A Tenure Track Analytical Geochemist associated with the Queen’s Facility for Isotope Research (QFIR) in the Dept of Geological Sciences
  • A Tenure Track position associated with the Reactor Materials Testing Laboratory (RMTL) in the Dept of Mechanical and Materials Engineering.

The additional positions to be filled at institutions across Canada include:

  • Two faculty positions at the University of Alberta
  • Two faculty positions at Carleton University
  • One faculty position at the University of Laurentian
  • One faculty position at the Université de Montréal
  • One faculty position at the University of Toronto
  • One Research Scientist position at TRIUMF

Please see the Positions & Opportunities section of this website for more information on upcoming hires.