SKA Postdoctoral Fellowships - JRID47375

Submission Dates
Archive Date: 
January 31, 2014
Deadline to Apply for Job: 
February 15, 2014
Job Details
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution/Company Name: 
University of Cape Town and University of the Western Cape
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Submission Address for Resumes/CVs
Attention To: 
Russ Taylor
Title: 
Professor
Organization: 
University of Cape Town
Email: 
russ@ast.uct.ac.za
Contact Information For Inquiries About Job
Email Address for Inquiries: 
russ@ast.uct.ac.za
Announcement
Job Announcement Text: 

SKA Postdoctoral Fellows in Cosmic Magnetism

University of Cape Town and University of the Western Cape



The Department of Astronomy of the University of Cape Town and the University of the Western Cape are hosting postdoctoral positions in the area of Cosmic Magnetism, associated with the SKA Research Chair in Observational Radio Astronomy (chair holder: Prof Russ Taylor).



South Africa is constructing MeerKAT, a 64-dish radio interferometer serving as an SKA precursor (http://www.ska.ac.za) that should be completed in 2016. The construction of

mid-frequency dish array for SKA phase 1, that will add 190 more dishes, should start around 2018.



The postdoctoral fellows will engage in observational programs in radio polarimetry, simulations, and scientific investigations that pathfind the SKA key science goal of the exploration of the origins and evolution of cosmic magnetic fields. In advance of MeerKAT commissioning and operation, opportunities exist for participation in the GALFACTS project - an all-sky spectro-polarimetric survey being undertaken with the Arecibo ALPHA system, the POSSUM polarization survey with the Australia SKA Pathfinder, and deep broad-band polarization imaging surveys with the JVLA and GMRT.



Applicants should have a Ph.D in astronomy, experience in observational radio astronomy either single dish or aperture synthesis, or a theoretical background in studies of cosmic magnetic fields.



Candidates will be asked to help out with light departmental duties (e.g. seminars), with postgraduate students’ supervision and with some outreach activities. The appointment is for two years, with possibilities of extension for an extra year, subject to sufficient progress. The salary is tax-free and at the top of the postdoc scale. Equipment and travel funding are available. Interested candidates should send a CV, bibliography, brief summary of research, outline of future plans, and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent by February 15, 2014. Applications will start to be considered from that date until the position is filled. Ideally, the position would start on July 1st 2014. Inquiries, applications and letters of recommendation should be sent by email to russ@ast.uct.ac.za.



Cape Town itself is a stunningly scenic and modern city at the junction of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, with vibrant urban culture, nearby beaches, mountains,

exotic wildlife, and wine country.

Included Benefits: 

No benefits information has been provided by the employer.