Applications are invited for two postdoctoral research fellowships at the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO). The appointments will be for two years, with consideration for tenure after that period.
Preference will be given to candidates whose research interests are relevant to South Africa's exploitation of SALT, and/or the 1.4m Infrared Survey Facility, and who have some experience in astronomical instrumentation and/or programming.
The SAAO is the National Facility for optical/infrared astronomy in South Africa. Its headquarters are in Cape Town where the successful applicant will be based. Observing facilities, situated 360 km away at Sutherland, comprise six telescopes with apertures ranging from 0.5 to 1.9m. The primary facility is the 10-m class Southern African Large Telescope (SALT), currently in the final stages of commissioning. SALT is operated by SAAO on behalf of an international consortium and about one third of its observing time is available to the South African research community.
While the successful applicant will spend most of her/his time on research, he/she will also be encouraged to contribute to instrumentation and/or software development programmers and/or postgraduate teaching and supervision.
More details of SAAO and SALT are available through www.saao.ac.za.
Applicants must have a PhD in astrophysics or a related subject. They should submit a curriculum vitae, with a statement of research and instrumentation interests to: The Personnel Officer, Ms Linda Tobin, SAAO, P O Box 9, Observatory, 7935, South Africa, phone: +27 21 4470025; fax: +27 21 4473639; email: email@example.com. Applicants should arrange for three professional referees to supply letters of recommendation by due date 30 September 2008.
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