Postdoctoral Fellowships, Centre for Radio Cosmology, University of the Western Cape

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Thursday, November 23, 2023
Archive Date: 
Thursday, January 11, 2024
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
University of the Western Cape
Department Name: 
Physics and Astronomy
Cape Town
Western Cape
South Africa
Job Announcement Text: 

The Centre for Radio Cosmology at the University of the Western Cape invites applications for a postdoctoral fellowship in areas of research relevant to its faculty members. These include: observational and theoretical Cosmology related to MeerKAT/SKAO and its synergies with other telescopes (with particular emphasis on the MeerKAT HI intensity mapping project), HI galaxy science, machine learning, and radio astronomy techniques among others. For further details on possible research projects, please contact the relevant faculty member.

The CRC is internationally recognised for its research in cosmology with MeerKAT, SKAO and other radio and optical/IR telescopes, such as HERA, HIRAX and the Rubin Observatory (LSST). In 2023, the UWC Astro Group consists of 25 PhD/MSc students, 12 postdoctoral fellows, 7 faculty members and several visiting faculty. The CRC has close links with the inter-university Institute for Data Intensive Astronomy and the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory. South Africa hosts MeerKAT, one of the largests radio interferometers in the world and will be the host of the SKAO Mid array. UWC itself is located in the beautiful city of Cape Town, with excellent cultural and outdoor activities.

The expected remuneration for 2024 is ZAR 450 000 per annum, tax-free, subject to corrections for inflation. Additional funding is available for equipment, travel and relocation expenses. The positions are for 2 years, with a possible third year, subject to satisfactory progress.

Applicants should email a single PDF document containing:

  • CV (including a list of publications)
  • Description of previous/current research and future plans/interests (maximum: 3 pages)

Reference letters (2-3) must be sent directly by the referees before the deadline.

A PhD in Astrophysics or a relevant field is required before appointment. The appointment is subject to the rules and approval of the University of the Western Cape and the National Research Foundation of South Africa.

Included Benefits: 

Additional funding is available for equipment, travel and relocation expenses.

Application Deadline: 
Monday, January 8, 2024
Selection Deadline: 
Monday, February 12, 2024
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
Apply to Job
Attention To: 
Nombuyiselo Nqakala
South Africa
Inquiries About Job
Attention To: 
Prof. Mario Santos
CRC Postdoc application