Canada Research Chair in Planetary Science – York University Canada


The Canada Research Chair appointment will be at the level of Assistant or Associate Professor.


Applications are solicited from candidates with successful research programs involving laboratory investigation of processes in the current or early solar system, development of measurement instrumentation, data analysis, or numerical modeling in support of planetary exploration missions.
Candidates must have a strong commitment to research and teaching, a PhD degree in Planetary Science or a related field, and a minimum of three years of postdoctoral experience. Preference will be given to Candidates with a prior faculty appointment, or equivalent qualifications, and a track record including a funded research program.

To submit your application, please click the “Go to application page” button.

A complete on-line application should include a cover letter, a detailed CV, a statement of research contributions, and the names of three people who have agreed to provide reference letters.
Informal enquiries may be made to the Chair of the Department of Earth and Space Science & Engineering (Professor Regina Lee, or the Director of the Centre for Research in Earth and Space Science (Professor James Whiteway,


The new CRC position will be placed within a research environment that is unmatched amongst Canadian Universities. The Centre for Research in Earth and Space Science (CRESS) at York University has a track record for leading contributions to planetary missions that includes the LIDAR and meteorological instruments on the NASA Phoenix mission, and the OLA instrument for the NASA OSIRIS REx asteroid sample return mission that was launched in September 2016. CRESS is also involved with atmospheric investigations from the surface of Mars with the current NASA Mars Science Laboratory. The facilities within CRESS have been built up with substantial support from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation over the past decade. A new planetary simulation facility is currently under construction and includes a thermal vacuum chamber for experimental research.

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