Postdoctoral Fellowship, Integrated Photonics for Astronomical Instrumentation
National Research Council of Canada
May 25, 2018
Contract - Entry Level
Years of Experience:
Organizational Unit: Advanced Electronics and Photonics & Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics
Duration: 2 years
Language Requirements: English
The NRC Advantage
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The National Research Council of Canada represents a powerful partnering option for anyone looking to push the boundaries of science and industry. In fact, as the Government of Canada's largest research organization supporting industrial innovation, the advancement of knowledge and technology development, we have become catalysts for innovation. For over a hundred years, the impact of our work with industry leaders and other government bodies has shaped Canada’s future. We partner with some of the most creative and solutions-driven minds in the world.
And now, we want to partner with you. Be part of our collective force to come up with potentially disruptive solutions to Canada’s current and future technology challenges. Let your expertise and inspirations make an impact by joining the NRC.
The NRC’s Postdoctoral Fellowship program offers PDFs access to unique world-class facilities and the opportunity to work alongside multi-disciplinary teams of expert researchers and technicians on projects of critical importance to Canada. PDFs will carry out research on innovative research projects, with opportunities for career development (publications and/or industry interaction).
PDFs will be offered appointments to the staff of the National Research Council on a term basis and will be offered salaries and benefits currently available to Research Officers. Salaries commensurate with experience are taxable and subject to other deductions. As a guide, the current annual PhD recruiting rate is $64,437. In addition PDFs will be allocated a travel fund to support their work.
Astrophotonics: Bringing photonics to astronomical instrumentation.
NRC is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow to develop and apply integrated photonic technologies for astronomical instrumentation. The deployment of Extremely Large Telescopes (ELT) such as the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) brings new and difficult instrumentation requirements to optical astronomy. Many of the challenges such as spectroscopic wavelength discrimination, signal noise, device size, and multiplexing hundreds of signals in parallel are in fact common to both optical telecommunications and astronomical instrumentation. The candidate will design integrated photonic components and incorporate them into prototype astronomical instruments, in order to demonstrate and assess the potential of photonics originally developed for the telecommunications industry in optical astronomy. The NRC PDF will work with graduate students, NRC staff and partner institutions to design, assemble and test photonic-based instruments. These prototypes will first be tested and refined in the photonics laboratory in Ottawa and will then be deployed at NRC telescopes in Victoria for on-sky tests.
PhD in Astronomy or Optical Sciences with a preferred specialization in astrophotonics or astronomical instrumentation.
Hands on experience developing optical instruments and/or systems is required. Significant experience working with optical test setups, fiber optics, optomechanical stages and data acquisition and control software is expected.
Fellowships will be for two years contingent on satisfactory progress achieved during the first year.
Candidates should have obtained a PhD (or equivalent) within the past three years (PhD received on or after July 1, 2015) or expect to complete their PhD within 6 months of appointment.
Fellows will work in a lab under the direct supervision of an NRC researcher.
Although preference will be given to Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents, Fellowships are open to nationals of all countries. The offer of a Fellowship does not ensure foreign nationals Permanent Residency in Canada. Non-Canadian candidates should apply for non-immigrant status (i.e. temporary status) and an employment visa. For further information, please contact the closest Canadian High Commission, Embassy or Consulate in your area.
In order to be considered for the program please include the following in your application, please note that you will need to attach the required documents as per the list below when submitting your application. Failure to do so will result in your application being excluded from searches.
Statement of Interest in the project (maximum one page in length)
PhD Transcript - an electronic copy is sufficient, it does not have to be an official version.
List of Publications
Three letters of recommendation (please note that you need to attach the letters to your application profile, your referees will need to provide you with their letters)
When submitting your application you can include the required documents in any attachment field such as «Second language evaluation results» or «Other attachments»
Relocation assistance will be determined in accordance with the NRC's directives.
From $49,670 to $140,418 per annum.
The Postdoctoral Fellowships Program is unique to the NRC. It falls under the RO/RCO classification system which uses a person-based classification system instead of the more common duties-based classification system. Candidates are remunerated based on their expertise, skill, outcomes and impacts of their previous work experience. As a guide, the current annual PhD recruiting rate is $64,437
NRC employees enjoy a wide-range of benefits including comprehensive health and dental plans, pension and insurance plans, vacation and other leave entitlements.
Fellowships are open to nationals of all countries, although preference will be given to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada. Please include citizenship information in your application.
The incumbent must adhere to safe workplace practices at all times.
As an employer who values diversity in its workforce, we encourage candidates to self-identify as members of the following designated groups: women, visible minorities, aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities. Measures for accommodation are available to all candidates retained for further assessment.
Please direct your questions, with the requisition number (2672) to:
Closing Date: Extended to May 31, 2018 - 23:59 Eastern Time. As such, awards will be announced the end of June/beginning of July 2018. Successful fellows may commence their award at any time from July 16, 2018 to December 15, 2018.