Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

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

Summer Research Assistant Position - Professor Sadavoy

Posted: February 9, 2021
Application Deadline: February 28, 2021

Location: This position will be held at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario Canada.  The Research Assistant will be working with the research group of Professor Sadavoy in the Department of Physics, Engineering Physics, and Astronomy.  For more information about the group, visit our website: https://www.queensu.ca/physics/sadavoy/. 

If a candidate is unable to travel to Kingston (or the university does not have in-person services in the summer of 2021), then remote options will be made available.

Duration: The duration of this position is 16 weeks, from the first week of May until the end of August 2021, on a full-time basis.

Description of the Position:  The Research Assistant will lead a research project in the field of star and planet formation.  They will be trained to reduce astronomical data using telescope software and to analyze the data with programming languages such as python to probe magnetic fields and investigate dust properties in star-forming regions.  The Research Assistant will apply standard techniques to determine magnetic field strengths and structures from polarized emission from dust from the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope.  They will further measure the dust properties in these same star-forming regions through a multi-wavelength observational analysis and determine whether or not the magnetic field is dynamically important to the evolution of the cloud and to examine how changes in the dust properties themselves may affect the inferred magnetic field structure.  The Research Assistant will also be expected to write up their findings in LaTeX and to present their progress in group meetings.

About the Group:  The Queen’s Star Formation group (QStar) is a growing group with two faculty members (Professors Sadavoy and Fissel), a team of graduate students, and a postdoctoral fellow.  This position is a good opportunity for a student to work with a team that is very active in astronomical research and in producing publications.  Depending on the outcome of this project, the Research Assistant will have the opportunity to be a first author or a co-author on a scientific paper.

Application Requirements:  The Research Assistant will be required to apply for an NSERC USRA scholarship.  There are several NSERC USRA scholarships available at Queen’s University for undergraduate students.  This scholarship provides $6,000 (non-taxed) for the internship, and Prof Sadavoy will top-up the funding according to year and experience. 

Preference will be given to students in Astronomy or Astrophysics, however, Prof Sadavoy will consider applications from outstanding students in Physics or Space Science.

Please contact Prof. Sadavoy (sarah.sadavoy@queensu.ca) with your C.V. and transcript, or if you have any questions.

Application deadline is 28 Feb 2021.

 

Summer Research Assistant Position - Professor Sadavoy