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Join the Team

Undergraduate researcher:

At the moment I am not looking to fill any positions. 

 

If you are an undergraduate student interested in working with me or another member of the McGill Extreme Gravity and Accretion (MEGA) group, please send me an email with a CV, unofficial transcript, and a brief explanation regarding your interests and cc the address drhaggardassistant@gmail.com. I am not currently looking to fill any positions, but if one opens up I will have your information and I will reach out. 

 

I do not have the time to respond to every email, but do not be discouraged if you do not hear from me. I have your information and will contact you if something changes and your interests are a match with my group.

 

Graduate researcher:

I am actively recruiting new graduate students to start in Fall 2024.

 

As a member of both the Department of Physics and the Trottier Space Institute I aim to lead a diverse research group of bright, enthusiastic, self-motivated students and postdocs. The McGill Extreme Gravity and Accretion (MEGA) group values being inclusive, equitable, empathetic, scientifically curious, and collaborative, and I particularly welcome expressions of interest from well-prepared applicants who have non-traditional backgrounds.

 

I am actively recruiting new graduate students at the PhD or MSc level to start in Fall 2024 (McGill’s December 15 application deadline). If you are interested, please keep reading to find out how to express interest and I will get in touch in ~October 2023. 

 

How to express interest:

- Refer to the Physics Department page for important dates and information on how to apply. 

- Send an email to me and cc the address drhaggardassistant@gmail.com letting me know that you plan to apply. Be sure to include a CV, an unofficial transcript, information on your skills, experience, coursework and training, and an explanation of your interest in pursuing a position in my group. 

- I do not have the time to respond to every email, but do not be discouraged if you do not hear from me, I will collect and review materials from prospective students and will be in contact mid October 2023.

 

Application deadlines: 

For September admission the deadline is December 15th. 

For January admission, the deadline is July 15th for international applicants and September 1st for Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

 

Requirements:

A background in one or more of the following areas is necessary for most projects in my research group:

* Astronomy & Astrophysics

* Accretion Physics

* Observational Techniques

* Multi-messenger Astrophysics

* Gravitational Wave Astrophysics

* High Energy/Neutrino Physics

* Machine Learning & High Performance Computing

 

Resources:

There are many articles providing advice on how to reach out to prospective supervisors. For example, my fantastic colleague Natalya Gomez in Earth and Planetary Sciences likes this one.

 

Postdoc or Research Associate (PhD-level):

I am actively recruiting for a postdoctoral position, to begin in Fall 2024 (subject to available funding). 

 

Thank you for your interest in the McGill Extreme Gravity and Accretion (MEGA) group and for being enthusiastic to share and shape the science we do. I would be happy to be listed on your Trottier Space Institute Fellowship application as a potential collaborator and/or as a supervisor for another of our excellent Canadian postdoctoral fellowships (deadlines typically in late November or early December). 

 

The structure of many of our Canadian postdoctoral fellowship programs requires that a researcher/faculty member pay half the salary of the fellow, with the other half supported by the institute. Hence it is important that we have opportunities for scientific collaboration, even if you are an independent fellow. McGill University preferences postdocs within five years of their PhD, with more senior candidates instead being hired as research associates — you can find more info here.

 

As a member of both the Department of Physics and the Trottier Space Institute I aim to lead a diverse research group of bright, enthusiastic, self-motivated students and postdocs. The group values being inclusive, equitable, empathetic, scientifically curious, and collaborative, and I particularly welcome expressions of interest from well-prepared applicants who have non-traditional backgrounds.

 

How to express interest:

- Send an email to me and cc the address drhaggardassistant@gmail.com letting me know that you plan to apply. Be sure to include a CV, a complete publication list, information on your skills, experience, career goals, and an explanation of your interest in pursuing a position in my group. 

- I do not have the time to respond to every email, but do not be discouraged if you do not hear from me right away, I will collect and review materials from prospective postdocs and will be in touch in late October or early November 2023.

 

Requirements:

A PhD in Astronomy, Astrophysics, or a related field is required for consideration for a postdoctoral or research associate position in my group. Expertise in machine learning and high performance computing are also assets for many of the projects undertaken by my team members.

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