Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

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

Tenure-track position in Particle Astrophysics and Detector Design

Posted: January 10, 2017
Status: Closed March 1, 2017

Application Deadline: This position will remain opened until it is filled. Review of the applications will begin March 1, 2017.

Job: Tenure-Track Position in Particle Astrophysics and Detector Design

The Department of Physics, Engineering Physics and Astronomy, Faculty of Arts and Science at Queen’s University in partnership with TRIUMF (Canada's National Laboratory for Particle and Nuclear Physics), invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor with expertise in experimental particle astrophysics and detector design. The expected starting date for the position is July 1, 2017. The successful candidate will be an outstanding scientist who will establish an excellent research program and contribute to undergraduate and graduate teaching and supervision. In exceptional cases, candidates above the level of Assistant Professor may be considered. The successful candidate will be located at Queen’s University and will benefit from having a position held jointly with TRIUMF. 

Queen's University is one of Canada's leading research-intensive universities. The Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy at Queen's University has 28 Faculty members working in the areas of astronomy and astrophysics, condensed matter physics and optics, engineering and applied physics, and particle astrophysics. TRIUMF is Canada's national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics and accelerator-based science. Located in Vancouver, BC, TRIUMF is an international centre for discovery and innovation, advancing fundamental, applied, and interdisciplinary research for science, medicine, and business. 

Queen’s is playing a lead role in the establishment of the Canadian Particle Astrophysics Research Centre (CPARC), an ambitious new program funded by the Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF). A major goal of CPARC 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, CPARC 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 faculty members associated with CPARC in addition to a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair (CRC) 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 CPARC, please see CPARC. 

The successful candidate for this position will have a research program that aligns with the research goals of CPARC, and which complements the existing research activities of the Queen’s and TRIUMF particle astrophysics groups and strengthen synergies between these groups. The successful candidate will have demonstrated expertise in the development of cutting edge particle detector technologies suitable for underground physics experimentation. Registration as a Professional Engineer in Ontario, or eligibility to acquire registration in Canada within a 7-year period, is an essential qualification. Queen’s is heavily invested in the research activities at the SNOLAB facility for underground science (see The Particle Astrophysics Research Group has seven faculty members. Their research interests related to the SNOLAB program include dark matter physics (DEAP-3600, NEWS, PICO, SuperCDMS) and neutrinos (SNO+) (see ). Research scientists at TRIUMF have leading roles in several elements of the SNOLAB program, including DEAP-3600, EXO, HALO and SNO+, (see ).  

Candidates must have completed a PhD by the start date of the appointment. Research excellence and demonstrated potential for teaching excellence are the main criteria for selection. The successful candidate will provide evidence of high quality scholarly output that demonstrates potential for independent research leading to peer assessed publications and the securing of external research funding. They must also exhibit a strong potential for outstanding teaching contributions at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and an ongoing commitment to academic and pedagogical excellence in support of the department’s programs. The successful candidate will be expected to make substantive contributions through service to the department, to the Faculty, to the University, and/or the broader community. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. 

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 Department 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: (00503693). Electronic applications (in PDF format) can be emailed to the Department 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 Academic staff at Queen’s University are governed by a Collective Agreement between the University and the Queen’s University Faculty Association (QUFA), which is posted at and at