Postdoctoral positions in radio-cosmology

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Publish Date: 
Monday, November 27, 2017
Archive Date: 
Monday, January 8, 2018
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Department Name: 
Physics and Astronomy
Cape Town
Western Cape
South Africa
Job Announcement Text: 

The Centre for Radio Cosmology (CRC) at the University of the Western Cape is internationally recognized for its research on cosmology. CRC faculty are closely involved in the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), the South African SKA precursor MeerKAT and other telescopes such as HERA. There are currently 12 postdoctoral researchers, 9 PhD students and 9 MSc students in the group. (See links for further details.) UWC is located in the beautiful city of Cape Town, with excellent cultural and outdoor activities.

We invite applications for up to two postdoctoral positions in cosmology from candidates keen to work in one or more of the following areas:

- HI intensity mapping with MeerKAT (data analysis – see: for details)

- Cosmology with the SKA and its precursors (theory/simulations), including continuum, HI and synergies with other surveys.

- Epoch of Reionization and HERA data analysis

The selected candidates will work more closely with Prof Mario Santos or Prof Roy Maartens, depending on the subject but will also be encouraged to collaborate with other faculty members (Prof Russ Taylor, Dr Ed Elson, visiting Profs Romeel Davé and Matt Jarvis). The group also has strong links with the South African SKA Project headquarters, the optical observatory SAAO, the University of Cape Town and The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) (all within less than 30 minutes from the University).

Applicants must hold a PhD by the anticipated start date and should preferably have obtained the degree less than five years ago. The appointment will be for 2+1 years. The nominal start date is September 2018, but other dates can be negotiated (earlier is preferred).

Applications consisting of a CV, publication list and a short statement of research interests, should be emailed to Applicants should arrange for a minimum of two letters of recommendation to be sent the same way. Applications received by 5 January 2018 will receive full consideration, although later applications may be considered. Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to the same email.

Pay Compensation
Compensation Notes: 
Base salary for 2018 should be 380,000 rand (tax free, updated for inflation every year), but further top ups can be discussed depending on experience.
Included Benefits: 

A generous equipment and travel grant is included.

Application Deadline: 
Friday, January 5, 2018
Selection Deadline: 
Monday, January 15, 2018
Current Status of Position: 
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Mario Santos
Department Name: 
Physics and Astronomy
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Postdoctoral positions in radio-cosmology