The Astrophysics and Cosmology Research Unit (ACRU) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal is offering a postdoctoral research position in the area of cosmology. Candidates with experience in theoretical and observational cosmology are strongly encouraged to apply.
The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work on a combination of theoretical, observational and data analysis research topics relating to the study of the cosmic microwave background (CMB) and its polarization. This will also include a combination of CMB data with other data sets to study secondary CMB effects, clusters of galaxies, galaxy evolution, stellar populations at high redshift, and weak lensing. There are opportunities to participate in the Atacama Cosmology Telescope (ACT) project (http://www.physics.princeton.edu/act) and its polarized upgrade, ACTPol. The research interests of the current members of ACRU include dark energy, galaxy clusters, primordial non-gaussianity, galaxy evolution, and the study of cosmic infrared background anisotropies.
The position is for two years with the possibility of extension to three years. The starting date is negotiable and dates from 1 January 2013 are possible. A generous allowance will be provided for international travel and research expenses. Applicants should e-mail a statement of research interests, a bibliography, and a curriculum vitae to Kavilan Moodley (firstname.lastname@example.org), and arrange to have three letters of reference e-mailed to the above address, by 15 November 2012, for full consideration. For more information visit http://www.acru.ukzn.ac.za/ and for further inquiries please contact Kavilan Moodley.