The Department of Astronomy of the University of Cape Town is offering a postdoctoral position to work with Prof D.J. Pisano, South African Research Chair in Extragalactic Multi-wavelength Astronomy, on HI-data obtained with the recently completed 64-dish MeerKAT radio telescope of the South African Radio Astronomical Radio Observatory.
We are looking for an enthusiastic young radio astronomer with experience in analysing HI radio interferometric data, interested in working with the dynamic UCT HI radio-astronomy team. Experience with single-dish radio data and multi-wavelength data is a bonus. You would primarily be working on recent, and future, extragalactic HI-data obtained with the SKA pathfinders, including the South African SKA Pathfinder MeerKAT. The research will contribute to the MeerKAT HI-projects that Prof. Pisano is involved in, including LADUMA, MHONGOOSE and MIGHTEE-HI, and other HI surveys, such as CHILES and PHANGS-HI. The successful applicant will be able to dedicate a significant fraction of his/her time on their own research, and will have access to the South African MeerKAT open time, as well as optical telescopes such the 10m SALT (the 30% South-African share) and other telescopes at SAAO. Light departmental duties, such as help in tutoring (e.g. with our optical & radio teaching telescopes), seminars, journal clubs and postgraduate student supervision will be expected.
The appointment is for two years, with possible extension for another year. A PhD in astronomy is required, postdoctoral experience a bonus. The salary is tax-free. Equipment and travel funding is 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 to [email protected] by December 6, 2021. Applications will be considered from that date until the position is filled. The position is available immediately.
“This position is based upon research supported by the South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) of the Department of Science and Technology and the National Research Foundation.”