SKA South Africa Chief Scientist - JRID48298

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August 31, 2014
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August 31, 2014
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Faculty Positions (tenure and tenure-track)
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Square Kilometre Array South Africa
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Government Agency
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SKA South Africa Chief Scientist


The South Africa SKA project is seeking a scientific leader for the position of SKA SA Chief Scientist.   The successful candidate will have a significant record of scientific accomplishment and a demonstrated ability to manage large programs.  The position will be located at the SKA SA project office in Cape Town, reporting directly to the SKA South Africa Director.


SKA South Africa is a project of the Department of Science and Technology, administered by the National Research Foundation.  SKA SA is responsible for South Africa's hosting of the Square Kilometre Array Radio Telescope, the design and construction of the South African SKA precursor array (MeerKAT), the development of the African VLBI Network, and the development of high-level capacity in radio astronomy and the engineering disciplines relevant to radio astronomy. 


The SKA SA protected site in the arid Karoo also hosts the Precision Array for Probing the Epoch of Reionisation (PAPER) instrument, the C-band All-Sky Survey (C-BASS) South instrument, as well as the Mid-frequency Aperture Array prototype.


The Chief Scientist will:

·        direct the SKA SA science program and the scientific program of MeerKAT as a world-leading facility in the pre-SKA era,

·        work with the user community to ensure the maximum scientific productivity of the MeerKAT large survey projects and open time,

·        coordinate with the MeerKAT engineering and commissioning teams to demonstrate the full range of science capability and early science outcomes

·        provide strategic advice to the SKA SA director on science and on technical decisions that impact scientific outcomes,

·        lead the development of scientific partnerships with African countries toward an African VLBI network and hosting of the SKA,

·        work with the SA SKA project to maximize the human capital development impact of SA radio astronomy,

  ·        promote and represent MeerKAT  and SKA SA within the framework of planning and coordination with other major South African astronomy projects/programs,

  ·        work with the SA community to advance scientific participation and leadership in the SKA project and the integration of MeerKAT into SKA phase I.

  ·        contribute to the development and execution of the Big Data Africa programme


For enquiries please contact: Kim de Boer +011 442 2434 or Bernie Fanaroff, or the chair of the Search Committee, Russ Taylor


Applications will be reviewed beginning 15 July 2014 and will be considered until the post is filled.


Applications for the position should be submitted via:

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No benefits information has been provided by the employer.