Postdoctoral Research Fellowship: Vera C. Rubin Observatory LSST

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Wednesday, November 10, 2021
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, December 8, 2021
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Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Government Agency
South African Astronomcal Observatory
Street Line 1: 
Observatory Road
Cape Town
Western Cape
South Africa
Job Announcement Text: 

The South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) and the Astronomy Department of the University of Cape Town (UCT) invites applications for a 3 year joint postdoctoral position related to the Vera C. Rubin Observatory’s Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST), with a focus on cataclysmic variables, compact binaries or related objects.  

The Fellow will join the research group involved in transient follow-up as a Junior Affiliate on the South African LSST transient program. The candidate should have observational experience, ideally associated with discoveries or follow-up studies from survey data of the above targeted objects. There will be ample opportunities to lead research programs using the SAAO optical/IR facilities, including the 10-m SALT, and to collaborate on transient follow-up projects involving other multi-wavelength facilities (e.g. MeerKAT). Involvement in student supervision, teaching and outreach, is also possible, if desired.

Minimum requirements:

  • A PhD in astronomy with expertise in accreting binaries
  • A good publication record, commensurate with career stage
  • Python coding and/or related software development experience

Desirable experience

  • Some familiarity or interest in software associated with the LSST (e.g. Operations Simulators, Metrics Analysis Framework)
  • Experience with polarimetric observations, modeling and interpretation

The salary package is competitive and funding support will be provided for computing resources and travel.

The filling of this position will be in line with the NRF's Employment Equity Policy.

Applicants should apply on, attaching a cover letter that includes a statement outlining their research and broader interests and experience (no more than 3 pages), their CV plus the contact details of 2 potential references, by 10 December 2021.

Application Deadline: 
Friday, December 10, 2021
Selection Deadline: 
Monday, December 20, 2021
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Attention To: 
Linda Tobin
HR Manager
Cape Town
Western Cape
Zip/Postal Code: 
South Africa
+27 21 4470025
Inquiries About Job
Attention To: 
Prof David Buckley
SAAO/UCT Postdoctoral Fellowship