Academic Employment Opportunities

Position Information
Position Rank: Full Time Teaching Stream - Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream
Discipline/Field: Astronomy and Physics and Observatory Coordinator
Home Faculty: Science
Home Department/Area/Division: Physics and Astronomy
Affiliation/Union: YUFA
Position Start Date: July 1, 2019

Assistant Lecturer in Astronomy and Physics and Observatory Coordinator at York University

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at York University in Toronto, Canada invites applications for a teaching stream appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream to commence July 1, 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter. The successful candidate will be expected to teach undergraduate courses and to provide leadership in enhancing teaching and learning through curricular development and pedagogical innovation.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Astronomy, Physics, or a related discipline. The successful candidate will have experience with technology and software related to astronomical observing facilities and associated instrumentation, managing an observing facility, and be able to work with specialists in machining, electronics, and software development.

The successful candidate will be expected to assume technical leadership of the Allan I. Carswell Astronomical Observatory. The Observatory is home to a 1 meter telescope, the largest on any Canadian campus, and other smaller aperture telescopes. The Observatory supports a number of undergraduate and graduate courses and research projects, as well as education and public outreach initiatives that are coordinated by the Allan I. Carswell Chair for the Public Understanding of Astronomy and with whom the candidate will collaborate in the promotion of astronomy education and outreach. The training of students using the telescopes in support of any course or outreach initiative will be the responsibility of the appointee.

The successful candidate will have demonstrated excellence or clear potential for excellence in developing, teaching and assessing university-level courses in astronomy and physics at the undergraduate level, building upon the strong foundation of the Department's "learning through practice" mission. The successful candidate is also expected to provide evidence of service contributions or potential to contribute to service in administrative and committee work.

On average, half of the teaching will be devoted to courses offered by the Division of Natural Science (in the Department of Science and Technology Studies) to non-science majors. The appointee will be expected to take on a leadership role to innovate teaching methodologies in introductory astronomy and physics courses for interdisciplinary audiences, including technology enhanced learning, experiential education, and inquiry-driven laboratory activities. Experience with curriculum development and universal design approaches to teaching and assessment is an asset.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval.

York University champions new ways of thinking that drive teaching and research excellence. Through cross-disciplinary programming, innovative course design, diverse experiential learning and a supportive community environment, our students receive the education they need to create big ideas that make an impact on the world. Located in Toronto, York is the third largest university in Canada, with a strong community of 53,000 students, 7,000 faculty and administrative staff, and more than 300,000 alumni. York's location facilitates opportunities for interaction and collaboration with many nearby universities and colleges, research institutes, relevant industries and museums.

The Department has strong research groups in Astronomy/Astrophysics, Atomic/Molecular/Optical Physics (including laser physics), and High Energy Physics, and a growing contingent in Biophysics. Further information about the Department and the University can be found 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 Aboriginal people, visible minorities, people with disabilities, and women, can be found at or by calling the AA office at 416-736-5713. Applicants wishing to self-identify can do so by downloading, completing and submitting the forms found at: . Please select the 'Affirmative Action' tab under which forms pertaining to Citizenship and AA can be found. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens, permanent residents and Indigenous peoples in Canada will be given priority.

The deadline for receipt of completed applications is November 20, 2018. All application materials should be submitted electronically through: . Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a one-page summary of key contributions to the technical practice of astronomy (especially as they relate to astronomical observatories and instrumentation), a one-page summary of seminal teaching and pedagogical contributions in astronomy and/or physics, and a one-page statement about teaching philosophy. Furthermore, applicants should arrange for three signed letters of recommendation to be uploaded to the application website. Referees should be advised to address the candidate’s qualifications and experience in relation to the position. Those wishing to self-identify (for AA purposes) can also complete the appropriate form on the application website.

Any queries about the position should be directed to Professor Michael De Robertis at


Posting End Date: November 20, 2018