Under a new scheme, applicants are invited to apply for an SKA postdoctoral fellowship hosted by National Astronomical Observatories of China (NAOC) in collaboration with Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation (ICG), University of Portsmouth in the UK.
The position is for SKA cosmology, and prior experience in radio cosmology is preferable, but not prerequisite. The position will be available from October 1, 2014, and it will be primarily based at NAOC (>9 months each year), but with a close link to the ICG faculty including the exciting opportunity to work for at least one month a year in Portsmouth, UK (all expenses paid). There will also be an opportunity to visit the SKA cosmology group at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa, which has close links to the SKA project (see uwcastro.org). The post is for two years initially with a possible third year extension subject to performance and funding.
The National Astronomical Observatories (NAOC), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) were officially founded in 2001 by joining four CAS observatories, three CAS observing stations and one CAS research center. The Division of Galaxy and Cosmology (G&C division) within NAOC has more than 50 (11 international) staff members and postdocs. The division is involved in diverse topics such as dark energy and gravity research, searching for first objects in the universe, high-resolution cosmological simulations, gravitational lensing, galactic dynamics, gravitational wave physics and accretion processes. It has access to high-performance computing facilities within NAOC and elsewhere. For more details about the G&C division at NAOC, see http://gcosmo.bao.ac.cn/
The ICG consists of 12 academic staff, 12 postdoctoral researchers and 20 PhD students, and is a member of the Sloan Digital Sky Surveys (SDSS-III and SDSS-IV), the Dark Energy Survey, the UK Low Frequency Array (LOFAR:UK) and the Euclid consortium. The University of Portsmouth is a member of the South-East Physics Network (SEPnet)2 and hosts the 1000-core SEPnet-ASTRO supercomputer (SCIAMA). More information is available at http://www.icg.port.ac.uk.
Outstanding applicants will be eligible to the CAS One Hundred Talent Program or the National (Youth) One Thousand Talent programs. Visitor programs are also available for international young and senior scientists. Outstanding postdocs and young researchers will be considered for permanent positions after their terms. Salary will depend on qualifications and experience. Members/Research scientists may also be qualified for supplemental support from NAOC or CAS.
Minimum Qualifications: Ph.D., or equivalent, in Astronomy, Physics, or related field, completed or expected by effective date, and a demonstrated record of research excellence. Candidates of all nationalities are encouraged to apply.
Application deadline: August 31st, 2014 until vacancies are filled.
Applicants should submit a curriculum vita, a research proposal (3 pages maximum), and three reference letters (all letters will be treated as confidential documents) to:
Ms Jie Ma
National Astronomical Observatories of China
20A Datun Road, Chaoyang District,
Email submission: Jie Ma firstname.lastname@example.org
Gong-Bo Zhao email@example.com
David Bacon David.Bacon@port.ac.uk
Roy Maartens firstname.lastname@example.org