International CAP-E Fellowship In Radio Astronomical Imaging

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (jointly with Heriot-Watt University)
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2 Fir Street
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Black River Park
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Cape Town
Western Cape
South Africa
Job Announcement Text: 

South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (, SARAO, Cape Town, South Africa) and Heriot-Watt University (, Edinburgh, UK) are calling for applications for a 3-year post-doctoral fellowship in advanced algorithms for radio astronomical imaging. The CAPe Town - Edinburgh (CAP-E) fellowship will be held jointly between the Radio Astronomy Research Group (RARG, Prof Smirnov) at SARAO, and the Biomedical and Astronomical Signal Processing research group ( BASP, Prof Wiaux) at Heriot-Watt.

SARAO has built and is operating the MeerKAT telescope, a Square Kilometre Array (SKA) precursor instrument. It is also hosting the HERA and C-BASS and HIRAX instruments. The RARG group at SARAO, jointly with the Centre for Radio Astronomy Techniques & Technologies (RATT) at Rhodes University, conducts research into novel radio astronomy calibration, imaging, data analysis algorithms, software and techniques. The research of the BASP group at HWU spans data science from theory and algorithms to applications in astronomy and medicine. BASP has pioneered the development of a new generation of algorithms powered by the theory of optimisation for precision imaging in radio astronomy.

The research of the CAP-E fellow will focus on (a) the practical application of novel algorithms to MeerKAT data, including scientific interpretation, and (b) the development of algorithms that should be scalable to the Exabyte-size data sets expected in the SKA era.

The successful candidate will be appointed as a postdoctoral research fellow at Rhodes University, and will be hosted at SARAO for 50% of the time, and at HWU for the other 50%. The candidate will be expected to work closely with the researchers from RARG and BASP, and with the wider radio astronomical imaging community. Generous funding to support extended stays in Edinburgh will be provided.

Please see provided links for more details.

Included Benefits: 

ZAR 390,000 p.a., tax free, plus travel and equipment funds. The basic term is two years, with a one-year extension subject to satisfactory progress.

Application Deadline: 
Sunday, September 15, 2019
Selection Deadline: 
Monday, September 30, 2019
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Attention To: 
Oleg Smirnov
Rhodes University & SARAO
Department Name: 
Dept of Physics
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Rhodes University
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PO Box 94
Eastern Cape
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South Africa
Inquiries About Job
Attention To: 
Oleg Smirnov & Yves Wiaux
CAP-E Fellowship