Associate Professor - Theoretical Astrophysics

Date Posted: 10/01/2021
Closing Date: 11/29/2021, 11:59PM ET, Open Until Filled 
Req ID: 17065
Job Category: Faculty - Tenure Stream (continuing)
Faculty/Division: Faculty of Arts & Science
Department: Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics
Campus:St. George (Downtown Toronto)






The  Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA), a national centre hosted in the Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto, invites applications for a full-time tenure stream position in the area of Theoretical Astrophysics. The appointment will be at the rank of Associate Professor, with an expected start date of July 1, 2022. 


Applicants must have earned a PhD degree in Theoretical Astrophysics or a related area, with a clearly demonstrated exceptional record of excellence in research and teaching. We seek candidates whose interests complement and enhance existing strengths in the Institute. Candidates will have an established international reputation and will be expected to sustain and lead innovative and independent research at the highest international level and to maintain an outstanding, competitive, and externally funded research program.      


Candidates must provide evidence of research excellence, which can be demonstrated by a record of sustained high-impact contributions and publications in top-ranked and field relevant journals, the submitted research statement, presentations at significant conferences, distinguished awards and accolades, and other noteworthy activities that contribute to the visibility and prominence of the discipline, as well as strong endorsements from referees of high standing.


Evidence of excellence in teaching will be provided through teaching accomplishments (including the supervision of postdoctoral fellows and graduate students), and the teaching dossier submitted as part of the application (with required materials outlined below), as well as strong letters of reference.


The successful candidate will have a record demonstrating scientific leadership and innovation throughout their career, as evidenced in their application materials.  


Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. 


For information about CITA, please visit


CITA is the only national astrophysics theory institute in the world.  CITA’s mission is to expand the frontiers of knowledge in all domains of  astrophysics.  CITA faculty help train the next generation of scholars at the undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral stage in Canada and abroad to attain the highest level of rigour and creativity.   CITA is also actively engaged with multiple observational experiments aimed at testing theoretical ideas including (but not limited to) CCAT-p, CHIME/CHORD, SDSS-V,  CMB-S4, and the MegaMapper.    


The present complement of research staff in CITA includes 7 faculty and over 25 research fellows and a national network of faculty, postdocs, and students across Canada. The unique research environment at CITA is enhanced by close ties to the 23 faculty, 15 postdocs, and graduate students in the David A. Dunlap Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, the Department of Physics and the Dunlap Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics, and with the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and the Gravity and the Extreme Universe Program within the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.


The successful candidate will join a vibrant intellectual community of world-class scholars at Canada's leading university. The University of Toronto offers a wide range of opportunities for collaborative and interdisciplinary research and teaching.  As a public University, the UofT further offers the excitement of working with a highly diverse student population and actively encourages innovative scholarship at all levels. The Greater Toronto Area offers exceptional cultural and demographic diversity and one of the highest standards of living in the world.  


All qualified candidates are invited to apply online by clicking the submission guidelines link below.  Applicants must submit

  1. a cover letter
  2. a current curriculum vitae 
  3. a research statement outlining current and future research interests
  4. one to three publications of which the candidate is particularly proud
  5. a teaching dossier to include a strong teaching statement, sample course materials, and teaching evaluations.  


CITA is committed to an equitable and diverse academic environment where scholars can flourish and thrive through freedom of thought.  Candidates are expected to show evidence of a commitment to these principles and the promotion of a respectful and collegial learning and working environment demonstrated through the application materials.


Applicants must provide the name and contact information of three referees. The University of Toronto’s recruiting tool will automatically solicit and collect letters of reference from each after an application is submitted (this happens overnight). Applicants remain responsible for ensuring that references are submitted by the closing date.


Submission guidelines can be found at Your CV and cover letter should be uploaded into the dedicated fields. Please combine additional application materials into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format.   All enquiries about this position should be sent to using the subject line “Faculty Search”.


Review of applications will begin on November 29, 2021, however applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.


Diversity Statement
The University of Toronto is strongly 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.


As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see


Accessibility Statement
The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission.


The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities.

If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact


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