Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy
Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

Canada Research Chair in Theoretical Particle Astrophysics

Posted: January 10, 2017
Status: Closed

Application Deadline: The first review of applications will begin on March 1, 2017 and will continue thereafter until a successful candidate is found.

Job Title: Canada Research Chair in Theoretical Particle Astrophysics

The Department of Physics, Engineering Physics and Astronomy at Queen’s University and the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics (PI) invite applications for a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair (CRC 1) in Theoretical Particle Astrophysics. The candidate will have an appointment as a Professor at Queen’s and as an Associate Faculty member at Perimeter. The Department and Perimeter are seeking an established physicist with an international reputation for research excellence in theoretical particle astrophysics and a demonstrated record of exemplary teaching and researcher supervision. The successful candidate will be based primarily at Queen’s but will be able to spend significant amounts of time at both locations. The position will come with a reduced teaching load at Queen’s, and an additional salary stipend and research support from Perimeter. 

For more information on the CRC program see:

Queen’s is playing a lead role in the establishment of the Arthur B. McDonald Canadian Astroparticle Physics Research Institute (formerly known as CPARC-Canadian Particle Astrophysics Research Centre), an ambitious new program funded by the Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF). A major goal of McDonald Institute includes building a powerful research team contributing to the many diverse requirements of a world-leading particle astrophysics research program. This includes the development of particle astrophysics experiments and theory, observational and theoretical astrophysics, detector design, and the development of tools and techniques for calibration, material screening and low level radio-purification. To achieve this, McDonald Institute aims to benefit from and strengthen cross-disciplinary expertise at Queen’s between Physics, Engineering Physics and Astronomy (particle astrophysics and detector development), Chemistry (radio-analytical chemistry), Geological Sciences (Facility for Isotopic Research) and Mechanical and Materials Engineering (Reactor Materials Testing Laboratory). The University anticipates hiring seven new faculty members associated with McDonald Institue, including a tenure-track particle astrophysics theorist, to complement its current team of research scientists, engineers, technicians, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students. An additional seven faculty hires are being strategically targeted at collaborating institutions across Canada to significantly enhance this world-renowned particle astrophysics program. For further information and the complete set of goals for McDonald Institute, please see

Perimeter Institute is a rapidly growing independent centre for fundamental research in theoretical physics. The Institute offers an exceptional research environment and is currently staffed with 37 full-time and part-time faculty members, 53 Distinguished Visiting Research Chairs, 55 Postdoctoral Researchers, 52 Resident PhD students, and 28 Master’s students participating in the Perimeter Scholars International program; in addition, Perimeter hosts hundreds of visitors and conference participants throughout the academic year. Particle physics represents both a lively area of research at Perimeter Institute and an area of rapid growth. 

Perimeter faculty have a history of both innovative theory and a close connection to experiment, from precision atomic physics to dark matter and the LHC. For more information please visit the website at:

The successful candidate for this position will have a research program that aligns with the research goals of PI and the Particle Astrophysics group at Queen’s, and will be expected to lead the research effort at Queen’s in Theoretical Particle Astrophysics. This will include developing a research group consisting of several postdoctoral fellows and graduate students and working with the tenure-track Particle Astrophysics Theorist being hired as part of McDonald Institute. In addition, the successful candidate will also be expected to develop and maintain a strong link between PI and Queen’s and researchers at SNOLAB. 

The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Queen’s is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ persons. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. 

To comply with federal laws, the University is obliged to gather statistical information as to how many applicants for each job vacancy are Canadian citizens / permanent residents of Canada. Applicants need not identify their country of origin or citizenship; however, all applications must include one of the following statements: “I am a Canadian citizen / permanent resident of Canada”; OR, “I am not a Canadian citizen / permanent resident of Canada”. Applications that do not include this information will be deemed incomplete. 

A complete application consists of: a cover letter (including one of the two statements regarding Canadian citizenship / permanent resident status specified in the previous paragraph), a current Curriculum Vitae (including a list of publications), a statement of research interests, a statement of teaching interests and experience (including teaching outlines and evaluations if available), and three letters of reference, which should be sent directly by your referees to the Head, Department of Physics, Engineering Physics and Astronomy at

Please indicate clearly that the position for which you are applying by quoting the following Position number on your cover letter: (00503691). Electronic applications (in PDF format) can be emailed to the Head, Department of Physics, Engineering Physics and Astronomy at

The first review of applications will begin on March 1, 2017 and will continue thereafter until a successful candidate is found. 

The University will provide support in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that takes into account an applicant’s accessibility needs. If you require accommodation during the interview process, please contact Julie McDonald at   

Additional information about Queen’s University, which may be of interest to prospective faculty members, can be found at

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