Two post-doctoral positons in Heliospheric Physics and High-Energy Astrophysics - JRID47728

Submission Dates
Archive Date: 
February 28, 2014
Deadline to Apply for Job: 
May 1, 2014
Job Details
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution/Company Name: 
North-West University Potchefstroom Campus
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Submission Address for Resumes/CVs
Attention To: 
Felix Spanier
Job Announcement Text: 

The Centre for Space Research (CSR) at the North-West University in Potchefstroom, South Africa announces two postdoctoral research fellowships

- in Heliospheric Physics, with focus on computational modelling of the transport of charged particles in the
heliosphere. (Prof. M.S. Potgieter,

- in High-energy astrophysics, with a focus on cosmic particle acceleration and gamma-ray production in Active Galactic Nuclei. The group seeks to hire a researcher with experience in the field of numerical methods, preferrably particle-in-cell codes. (Prof. M. Böttcher, / Prof. F. Spanier,

The successful candidates will be expected to play an active role in research using the facilities of the
Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC) in South Africa. Successful candidates will also be involved in the teaching of physics and supervision of research projects for post graduate students. The CSR has a strong research record on various aspects of theoretical and computational Heliospheric Physics, Space Physics, Cosmic Rays and Astrophysics. The two groups have strong research teams with their computational research internationally recognized within the Cosmic Ray, Heliospheric & Space Physics and Astrophysics communities.

Applicants must have a recent PhD in Computational Physics (or Space Physics, Heliospheric Physics, Cosmic Ray Physics, Astrophysics). The appointment will be for up to two years contingent upon available funding and satisfactory performance.

Candidates should submit electronically a CV and a cover letter describing their research experience and
interests, and the names and contact information for three references, by May 1, 2014, to the respective
contact person. The appointees will be expected to commence duties not later than 1 July 2014. The position will remain open until filled. The North-West University is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

For more information, contact Prof. Potgieter or Prof. Böttcher by email. Visit to learn more about the CSR and its people.

Included Benefits: 

No benefits information has been provided by the employer.