Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Research

Position ID:PI-Research-CHORD [#21983]
Position Title: Research Scientist at Perimeter Institute (CHORD radio telescope) 5 Year Term
Position Type:Fellowship or award
Position Location:Waterloo, Ontario N2L2Y5, Canada [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Physics / Astrophysics (astro-ph), Astrophysics Computational, Cosmology, High Performance Computing, Theoretical Astrophysics
Appl Deadline:2022/08/15 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2022/06/28, finished 2023/03/04, listed until 2022/10/30)
Position Description:   URMs Remote  

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer accepted. ***

The Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics invites applications for a 5-year Research Scientist position, to develop software and analyze data for the CHORD radio telescope. CHORD is currently under construction, with a 64-dish pathfinder expected in 2023/4, and the full 512-dish array with VLBI outriggers in 2025/6. CHORD has world-leading science programs in 21-cm galaxies and intensity mapping, FRB astrophysics, pulsar search and timing, slow transients, and cosmic magnetism. 

Applications from candidates interested in any of these topics, or in high-performance computing, are encouraged. The computing challenges of CHORD are extreme. In addition to high-level scientific research, the Research Scientist position will be partly focused on developing cutting-edge algorithms, real-time processing software, and offline analysis pipeline software for CHORD. The CHORD team at Perimeter Institute includes Kendrick Smith, Dustin Lang, Erik Schnetter, along with talented postdocs and students. 

Applicants must have a PhD in astrophysics or a related field, and outstanding software skills. Prior experience in radio astronomy, low-level languages (C++/Julia), and GPU programming are helpful but not essential.

In order to ensure full consideration of your application please submit the following:
  • curriculum vitae
  • publications list
  • research statement 
  • contact information for 3 referees and,
  • an example of software written (completely or in part) by the applicant. 
Applications will be reviewed starting August 15, but the posting will remain live until filled. The position is available immediately, but the start date is flexible. Base salary will be $105K CAD/year. 

Perimeter Institute is 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. 

Applicants who require special accommodation in order to complete their application/interview are encouraged to contact for assistance.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
Further Info:
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31 Caroline St. North
Waterloo, ON N2L 2Y5