Positions & Opportunities: CPARC is Hiring
We are currently well advanced in the process of hiring numerous faculty and beginning the process with other positions.
As we are just launching the program, not all positions are defined yet, but this will be kept current as the opportunities present themselves.
Faculty & Research Scientist Positions
To build the capacity across Canada and across disciplines, numerous new faculty, or faculty equivalent positions are being filled. Below you will find a list of the positions, details about each posting, the current status of the the process, and copies of the advertisements:
New or Active Searches for Faculty and Research Scientist Positions in Particle Astrophysics
- QU5: Queen's University: Tenure Track Trace-Analytical or Inorganic Chemist Faculty Position in Chemistry.
Launched July 7 2017. Find a copy of the full advertisement .
Anticipated Future Searches in Particle Astrophysics
- UA2: University of Alberta: Tenure Track Particle Astrophysics Experimentalist in Physics. Search anticipated to be advertised Fall, 2017.
- CU2: Carleton University: Tenure Track Particle Astrophysics Experimentalist or Theorist in Physics. Search anticipated to be advertised Fall, 2017.
Closed Faculty Searches (Interviews Complete)
- QU1: Queen's University: Tenure Track Particle Astrophysics Experimentalist in Physics
Search Closed March 1 2017.
- QU2: Queen's University: Tenure Track Astrophysics / Particle Astrophysics "Bridge" in Physics/Astronomy.
Search Closed March 1 2017.
- QU3: Queen's University: Tenure Track Particle Astrophysics Theorist in Physics, Joint with the Perimeter Institute.
Search Closed March 1 2017.
- QU4: Queen's University: Tenure Track Engineering Physics Detector Development Position in Physics, Joint with TRIUMF.
Search Closed March 1 2017.
- QU6: Queen's University: Tenure Track Analytical Geo-chemist associated with the Queen's Facility for Isotope Research (QFIR) in the Dept of Geological Sciences.
Search Closed February 12 1 2017.
- QU7: Queen's University: Tenure Track position associated with the Reactor Materials Testing Laboratory (RMTL) in the Dept of Mechanical and Materials Engineering.
Search Closed March 15 2017.
- UA1: University of Alberta: Tenure Track Particle Astrophysics Experimentalist in Physics.
Search Closed February 2017.
- CU1: Carleton University: Tenure Track Particle Astrophysics Experimentalist in Physics.
Search Closed February 28, 2017.
- LU: Laurentian University: Tenure Track Faculty Position in Experimental Particle Astrophysics
Search Closed July 2017.
- UdeM: Université de Montréal: Tenure Track Particle Astrophysics Experimentalist in Physics. Search Closed March 15 2017.
- TRIUMF: Research Scientist/Adjunct Faculty Position. Experimental Neutrino or Particle-Astrophysics at TRIUMF. Search Closed May 2017.
Research, Engineering & Technical Support Positions
To support the activities of CPARC, numerous research and technical positions are envisioned. These will be located across Canada at the various institutions according to strategic needs. We are developing the program, and preparing advertisements.
Positions are being considered for the following categories:
- Engineering Physicists
- Mechanical Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- Technicians to support mechanical work
- Technicians to support electronics work
You will find a list of the positions, details about each posting, the current status of the the process, and copies of the advertisements listed below.
New or Active Searches for Research, Engineering and Technical Support Positions in Particle Astrophysics
Postdoctoral Fellow Positions
The fund includes a generous allocation for postdoctoral support. Most of this, but not all, is targeted at supporting new faculty members hired through CPARC. There will be postdoctoral positions at most institutions associated with CPARC, and these will be advertised here as they become available.
New or Active Searches for Postdoctoral Fellows in Particle Astrophysics
Project Management & Administrative Positions
The CPARC research program will be supported by several scientific project managers, and plans are underway to define these positions and begin the advertising process. That will happen shortly, and ads will appear here in due course. In addition, a strong administrative team is being assembled to support the management activities of CPARC. Most of these positions will be located at Queen's University, and will be working under the Managing Director. The support we are looking for includes:
- Board Executive Secretary & Human Resources Officer
- Finance and Risk Management Officer
- Business Development and Partnerships Manager
- Scientific Project Managers
These positions will be posted as they become available.
Education & Outreach Position
A major goal for CPARC is the development of a vibrant outreach and education program.
CPARC aims to engage the public and provide opportunities for enhanced scientific exchange. The plan is being developed but will include elements such as:
- Strong research seminar programs promoted through the Queen's office but extending to neighbouring institutions
- A joint program of astrophysics and particle astrophysics seminars at Queen's
- Annual undergraduate summer schools that will give undergraduate students an opportunity to gain hands on experience with particle astrophysics
- Developing outreach and educational materials (working with partner institutions)
- Engaging the public with a public lecture series aimed at the general population and the high school population
- Developing a visitor centre at Queen's and coordinating activities with the astronomy group and public tours
- International Graduate student exchange programs
- Undergraduate summer workplace programs
We currently have an Education & Outreach officer. Any other positions or volunteer opportunities for our public program will be advertised here as they become available.
Graduate Student Opportunities
CPARC will provide extraordinary opportunities for graduate students, with a large ramp up of activity in particle astrophysics at world leading institutions in the field. You can be a part of this exciting program!
CPARC intends to provide a generous amount of support for graduate students located at each of the institutions. Largely these will be in support of the new faculty members at those institutions, but not exclusively. These will be new positions above what is already a considerable population in the community. There will be numerous positions available, both funded through CPARC and via the normal channels. In all case you are encouraged to apply as follows:
- As faculty provide input, we will publish a list of all faculty members interested in supporting students, either from their individual grants, or as a CPARC funded position. We will provide that list below.
- You are also encouraged to visit the research pages of the various institutions to see who is working on experiments or programs of interest to you. Most professors in this field seem to be rather bad at keeping their own websites up to date, but that shouldn't deter you, they almost always have openings for strong interested students. A student that seeks out a professor to discuss opportunities is seen as an enthusiastic student!
We are also developing plans for an enriched graduate student experience. This includes programs (to be developed) with:
- An international exchange program for Ph.D. students. In addition to providing opportunities for Canadian students to spend 3 – 6 months abroad working in a foreign lab with potential collaborators, the program will bring international students to Canadian institutions and SNOLAB.
- Specialized graduate courses available to all students at participating universities across Canada are foreseen. These will include modules at partner universities where particular expertise resides, in addition to participation at SNOLAB, and with non-academic partners.
- A substantial increase in the intellectual life of the departments, with the addition of new faculty (theorists and experimentalists), a closer tie with astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology, partnership with labs and institutions across Canada, and cross-disciplinary appointments that will build a strong community with the wherewithal to develop all aspects of the scientific program.
As they become available, we will post information about positions below, but your first approach should be to start corresponding with potential faculty members at each of the institutions first. That is your first line of action.
- Queen's University Graduate studies in physics: particle astrophysics and astronomy
- Queen's University Radio-analytic chemistry
- Queen's University Analytic/isotopic geochemistry at the Queen's Facility for Isotope Research.
- Queen's University Mechanical and Materials Engineering at the Reactor Materials Testing Laboratory (RTML)
- University of Alberta Physics
- University of British Columbia Physics
- Carleton University Physics
- Laurentian University Physics
- McGill University Physics
- Université de Montréal Physics
- University of Toronto Physics
- TRIUMF Physics: Canada's National Laboratory for Particle and Nuclear Physics
Undergraduate Student Opportunities
One of the goals at CPARC is to provide opportunities for students at all stages of their careers. Our Education and Outreach Officer will establish and coordinate these programs. What we had in mind initially for undergraduates was to provide opportunities for work and education including:
- Financial support for undergraduate students, and in particular for students early in their careers when it is difficult to find work as a consequence of having little relevant experience. We anticipate having some positions of this nature already in the summer of 2017.
- An industrial internship program. This will provide financial support to students interested in summer work with industrial partners working in areas of relevance to the particle astrophysics program. These internship programs will be developed by the education and outreach officer.
- Summer schools in particle astrophysics at a level appropriate for 3rd/4th year undergraduates.
More information will be posted here when it is available. We recognize that students need to be making firm plans by the end of February. Note that the summer positions funded through CPARC are in addition to those normally available at the various institutions each summer.