Assistant Professor in Observational Extragalactic Astrophysics

York University Department of Physics and Astronomy

Full Time Professorial Stream - Assistant Professor

Discipline/Field: Observational Extragalactic Astrophysics

Home Faculty: Science

Home Department/Area/Division: Physics and Astronomy

Affiliation/Union: YUFA

Position Start Date: July 1, 2023

Assistant Professor, Observational Extragalactic Astrophysics

Department of Physics and Astronomy, Faculty of Science, York University

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at York University invites highly qualified applicants for a full-time professorial stream tenure-track appointment in long-wavelength observational extragalactic astrophysics at the Assistant Professor level, to commence July 1, 2023.

The Department is interested in applications from candidates with a proven research record of planning, obtaining, and conducting scientific investigations on data from long-wavelength facilities to which Canada is contributing, including but not limited to ALMA, the JVLA, cosmic microwave background experiments, CHIME, MeerKAT, and eventually the SKA and the ngVLA. Of particular interest are candidates working in the areas of galaxy formation and evolution, supermassive black holes, the nature of dark matter, or testing LCDM cosmology.

Observational astronomers in the Department focus on the formation and evolution of galaxies and galaxy clusters, on quasars, and on supernovae and other transients. Theoreticians focus on dark matter, early Universe cosmology, the cosmic microwave background, large scale structure, and exoplanetary atmospheres. The development of synergies between theory and observation is highly valued in the Department.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop a strong, externally funded research program, supervise graduate students, foster research linkages within and beyond York, and play an active role in widely promoting York's endeavours in research and education. Further information about the Department and York University can be found at

Candidate Qualifications:

Degree: A PhD in Astronomy, Astrophysics, or Physics is required along with relevant postdoctoral experience.
Research Expertise:

o Clearly articulated program of research with a specialization in long-wavelength observational extragalactic astrophysics.
o Engaged in outstanding, innovative, and externally funded research at the highest level.
o Research excellence of a recognized international calibre, as evident in: the research statement; peer-reviewed publications (including forthcoming publications) with significant journals in the field; presentations at major conferences; awards and accolades; and strong recommendations from referees of high standing.


o Excellence in teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, or promise of excellence in early career scholars, as evident in: the teaching statement; teaching accomplishments and pedagogical innovations (e.g., high priority areas such as experiential education and technology enhanced learning); discussion of teaching in letters of reference.


o Suitability for prompt appointment to the Faculty of Graduate Studies, given that the position will involve graduate teaching and supervision.

Hiring Policies:

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens, permanent residents and Indigenous peoples in Canada will be given priority.

York University has a policy on Accommodation in Employment for Persons with Disabilities and is committed to working towards a barrier-free workplace and to expanding the accessibility of the workplace to persons with disabilities. Candidates who require accommodation during the selection process are invited to contact Professor Patrick Hall, the Chair of the Search Committee, at

York University is an Affirmative Action (AA) employer and strongly values diversity, including gender and sexual diversity, within its community. The AA Program, which applies to women, members of visible minorities (racialized groups), Aboriginal (Indigenous) people and persons with disabilities and those who self-identify as 2SLGBTQ+, can be found at or by calling the AA line at 416-736-5713. Applicants wishing to self-identify as part of York Universitys Affirmative Action program can do so by downloading, completing and submitting this voluntary self-identification form/.

York acknowledges the potential impact that career interruptions can have on a candidates record of research and other achievement and encourages applicants to explain in their application the impact that career interruptions may have had.

Application Components:

To guarantee full consideration, completed applications should be received by Monday November 21, 2022.
Required components: 1) cover letter (one or two pages); 2) current CV; 3) three-page statement of current and future research interests; 4) one-page teaching philosophy and experience statement; 5) three (and only three) letters of reference; 6) work status declaration form (see next).

Candidates must download, complete, and submit a Work Status Declaration form. This is a mandatory form, and no application will be considered without it.

Optional component: the voluntary AA self-identification form (see Hiring Policies).

Submit all application materials electronically through . Any queries about the position should be directed to Professor Patrick Hall, the Chair of the Search Committee, at

University Context:

York is a leading international teaching and research university, and a driving force for positive change. Empowered by a welcoming and diverse community with a uniquely global perspective, we are preparing our students for their long-term careers and personal success. Together, we can make things right for our communities, our planet and our future.

York is located in Toronto, Canadas largest city and one of the worlds most diverse. In 2022, Forbes named Toronto one of the Ten Best Cities to Live.

Posting End Date: November 21, 2022