The new Centre for Extragalactic Theory (CET) in Cape Town, South Africa, invites applications for (up to) four-year CET Postdoctoral Fellowship positions in galaxy formation and broadly related areas. The successful candidate will be expected to lead an independent program, coordinated with CET director Romeel Davé, focusing on numerical/theoretical studies of galaxy formation, intergalactic medium evolution, reionization, and/or cosmology, with an emphasis on comparisons to multi-wavelength observations.
The CET is a joint venture between the University of Western Cape (UWC), the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO), and the African Institute for Mathematical Studies (AIMS), all located around Cape Town, and includes three faculty and several postdocs and students. UWC features four Research Chair professors in astronomy and numerous postdocs, while SAAO and AIMS have many active researchers spanning from cosmology to stellar astrophysics. Additionally, the nearby University of Cape Town boasts a large and lively astronomy department. The CET runs a vigorous visitor program and hosts annual conferences in South Africa (http://rad713.wix.com/cetconf1).
Substantial computing facilities are available in Cape Town through the Centre for High Performance Computing and local sources. Fellows are encouraged to use South African telescopes, including SALT and the (partially operational) MeerKAT radio array, with an eye towards the SKA and CTA. The CET is involved with numerous multi-wavelength projects, including CANDELS, COS-Halos, and LADUMA, in which Fellows could potentially participate. Cape Town itself is a stunningly scenic and fully modern city with nearby beaches, mountains, exotic wildlife, and wine country, and is the safest city in South Africa.
Candidates must have a Ph.D. in astronomy or astrophysics upon commencing the position. The salary will be at the top end of the South African postdoc payscale; while lower than U.S./European norms, this income is tax-free and cost-of-living is low. Funding will be available for travel and research expenses. The anticipated starting date is between June and December, 2014, but could be earlier. The initial appointment will be for two years, with up to a two-year extension possible (pending funding availibility) for a total of four years. Applicants should send a CV, a research statement detailing previous work and future plans (not to exceed 5 pages), and arrange for three letters of reference, all to be emailed to email@example.com by DECEMBER 1, 2013.