Postdoctoral Fellowships

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Publish Date: 
Friday, June 15, 2018
Archive Date: 
Friday, October 5, 2018
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Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Foreign
Institution/Company: 
Square Kilometre Array South Africa
Department Name: 
Human Capital Development
City: 
Pinelands Capetown
State/Province: 
Western Cape
Zip/Postal: 
7405
Country: 
South Africa
Announcement
Job Announcement Text: 

South African Radio Astronomy Observatory Call for Applications for Postdoctoral Fellowships Commencing in 2019
 
Closing date for applications: 15 September 2018
 
The South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) invites applications from suitably qualified candidates for five postdoctoral fellowships, commencing in 2019. 
 
Important Information – Please read before competing an application form
 
1. Applicants for SARAO Postdoctoral Fellowships must have obtained their Doctoral degrees on, or after, 30 September 2014, or must have been actively involved in relevant research since obtaining their Doctoral degrees. 

2. SARAO postdoctoral fellowships are only tenable at South African universities.

3. Successful applicants must commence with their postdoctoral fellowships in South Africa on, or before, 1 October 2019.

4. SARAO postdoctoral fellowships are awarded for a period of two years in the first instance, but may be extended to a third year if agreed to by the host university, the post-doctoral fellow and SARAO. 

5. The current value of a SARAO postdoctoral fellowship is ZAR 370,000 per annum (non-taxable); (Please note that the current value of the postdoctoral fellowship may be adjusted in 2019, to account for changes in annual inflation). The fellowship is supplemented by travel and equipment grants. 

6.  There is NO relocation grant for SARAO post-doctoral fellows, and successful applicants may NOT use their postdoctoral fellowship travel grants to cover the costs of their relocation to South Africa.

7. All applications must be endorsed by a host/supervisor, at the university in South Africa where the fellowship will be undertaken. A list of supervisors who have indicated that they are willing to host SARAO post-doctoral fellows, is provided in the table below. Applicants are required to investigate the research specialisations of the individual hosts and institutions to inform their choices, and match their own strengths and interests. Applicants must contact the respective hosts to discuss the willingness of a host to endorse the application, and to discuss and draft a research project and implementation plan, for submission as part of the application. 

 8. The SARAO postdoctoral fellowship programme supports research that is relevant to the scientific and technical goals of the organization, and for 2019 SARAO will consider applications that propose research in the following areas,

a. Radio Pulsar and Fast-Transient science, instrumentation and data analysis (including real-time RFI detection)

b. Real-time Signal Processing instrumentation for Radio Astronomy, specifically using FPGA and GPU platforms.

c. Radio Astronomy antennas and receivers.

d. Big Data topics, including the development of hardware and middleware platforms.

e. Instrumentation and systems for Radio Frequency Interference (RFI) detection and data analysis/archival/interrogation/visualization.

f. Science topics that involve the exploitation of MeerKAT data projected to be available by 20192020 (Multiwavelength projects that are directly linked to approved MeerKAT Large Survey Projects will be considered).

g. Epoch of Reionization and Intensity Mapping data reduction and analysis.

h. Interferometric Data Processing and Analysis, including calibration and imaging.

i. VLBI science, instrumentation, observations and data processing (astronomy, astrometry and geodesy applications).

j. C-BASS South data processing and C-BASS all-sky data analysis.

k. LSST science in the context of approved South African LSST PI proposals.

l. Predictive maintenance and scheduling using sensor data analytics, machine learning and system modelling.

 
SARAO Contact Information Queries with regards to the application requirements or the application procedure, may be directed to: 

Mr. Loyiso Gura Email: lgura@ska.ac.za  Telephone: (011) 442-2434
 
Application forms are available at https://skagrants.nrf.ac.za

Hosts for SARAO Postdoctoral Fellowship for 2019
 
Host Institution Email address Research Specialisation/s
Dr Sarah Blyth
University of Cape Town sarblyth@ast.uct.ac.za
Big Data topics, including the development of hardware and middleware platforms., Instrumentation and systems for Radio Frequency Interference (RFI) detection and data analysis/archival/interrogation/visualization., Science topics that involve the exploitation of MeerKAT data projected to be available by 2019-2020. (Multiwavelength projects that are directly linked to approved MeerKAT Large Survey Projects will be considered.)

Prof. Reza Malekian
University of Pretoria (Advanced Sensor Networks Research Group) reza.malekian@up.ac.za
Radio Pulsar and Fast-Transient science, instrumentation and data analysis (including real-time RFI detection)., Real-time Signal Processing instrumentation for Radio Astronomy, specifically using FPGA and GPU platforms., Big Data topics, including the development of hardware and middleware platforms., Instrumentation and systems for Radio Frequency Interference (RFI) detection and data analysis/archival/interrogation/visualization., Science topics that involve the exploitation of MeerKAT data projected to be available by 2019-2020. (Multiwavelength projects that are directly linked to approved MeerKAT Large Survey Projects will be considered.), Interferometric Data Processing and Analysis, including calibration and imaging.

Dr. Gyula I. G. Józsa
Rhodes University (RARG branch Cape Town) jozsa@ska.ac.za
Science topics that involve the exploitation of MeerKAT data projected to be available by 2019-2020. (Multiwavelength projects that are directly linked to approved MeerKAT Large Survey Projects will be considered.), Interferometric Data Processing and Analysis, including calibration and imaging.

Dr. James Chibueze
North West University jchibueze@ska.ac.za
Science topics that involve the exploitation of MeerKAT data projected to be available by 2019-2020. (Multiwavelength projects that are directly linked to approved MeerKAT Large Survey Projects will be considered.), Interferometric Data Processing and Analysis, including calibration and imaging., VLBI science, instrumentation, observations and data processing (astronomy, astrometry and geodesy applications).
 
Prof Oleg Smirnov, Rhodes University, o.smirnov@ru.ac.za, Real-time Signal Processing instrumentation for Radio Astronomy, specifically using FPGA and GPU platforms., Epoch of Reionization and Intensity Mapping data reduction, and analysis., Interferometric Data Processing and Analysis, including calibration and imaging.

Dr Tinus Stander
University of Pretoria tinus.stander@up.ac.za
Radio Pulsar and Fast-Transient science, instrumentation and data analysis (including real-time RFI detection)., Radio Astronomy antennas and receivers.

Dr David Buckley,University of Cape Town dibnob@saao.ac.za LSST science in the context of approved South African LSST PI proposals.

Prof. Bruce Bassett
University of Cape Town bruce.a.bassett@gmail.com
Radio Pulsar and Fast-Transient science, instrumentation and data analysis (including real-time RFI detection)., Big Data topics, including the development of hardware and middleware platforms., Instrumentation and systems for Radio Frequency Interference (RFI) detection and data analysis/archival/interrogation/visualization., Science topics that involve the exploitation of MeerKAT data projected to be available by 2019-2020. (Multiwavelength projects that are directly linked to approved MeerKAT Large Survey Projects will be considered.), Interferometric Data Processing and Analysis, including calibration and imaging., LSST science in the context of approved South African LSST PI proposals.

Em Prof MR Inggs

University of Cape Town Michael.Inggs@uct.ac.za
Radio Pulsar and Fast-Transient science, instrumentation and data analysis (including real-time RFI detection)., Instrumentation and systems for Radio Frequency Interference (RFI) detection and data analysis/archival/interrogation/visualization.

Professor Yin-Zhe Ma
University of KwaZulu-Natal ma@ukzn.ac.za
Radio Pulsar and Fast-Transient science, instrumentation and data analysis (including real-time RFI detection)., Instrumentation and systems for Radio Frequency Interference (RFI) detection and data analysis/archival/interrogation/visualization., Epoch of Reionization and Intensity Mapping data reduction and analysis., C-BASS South data processing and C-BASS all-sky data analysis., LSST science in the context of approved South African LSST PI proposals.

Prof. Abdurazzag Ali Aburas
University of KwaZulu Natal aburasa@ukzn.ac.za  Big Data topics, including the development of hardware and middleware platforms.

Dr Upasana Gitanjali Singh
University of KwaZulu Natal, Westville Campus, South Africa singhup@ukzn.ac.za Big Data topics, including the development of hardware and middleware platforms.

Dr Mayshree Singh
University of KwaZulu Natal singhm5@ukzn.ac.za Interferometric Data Processing and Analysis, including calibration and imaging

Prof. Gianni Bernardi Rhodes University giannibernardi75@gmail.com
Science topics that involve the exploitation of MeerKAT data projected to be available by 2019-2020. (Multiwavelength projects that are directly linked to approved MeerKAT Large Survey Projects will be considered.), Epoch of Reionization and Intensity Mapping data reduction and analysis., Interferometric Data Processing and Analysis, including calibration and imaging.

Prof. Dirk de Villiers
Stellenbosch University ddv@sun.ac.za Radio Astronomy antennas and receivers.

Dr. Channangihalli Thimmegowda Sadashiva 
University of KwaZulu-Natal sada1hassan@gmail.com
Science topics that involve the exploitation of MeerKAT data projected to be available by 2019-2020. (Multiwavelength projects that are directly linked to approved MeerKAT Large Survey Projects will be considered.)

Prof. Matt Jarvis
University of the Western Cape matt.jarvis@physics.ox.ac.uk
Science topics that involve the exploitation of MeerKAT data projected to be available by 2019-2020. (Multiwavelength projects that are directly linked to approved ,MeerKAT Large Survey Projects will be considered.)

Dr Shamim Bodhanya
Durban University of Technology shamimbodhanya@gmail.com
Science topics that involve the exploitation of MeerKAT data projected to be available by 2019-2020. (Multiwavelength projects that are directly linked to approved MeerKAT Large Survey Projects will be considered.), LSST science in the context of approved South African LSST PI proposals.

Dr. Michelle Lochner & Prof. Bruce Bassett
University of Cape Town (and AIMS) michelle@ska.ac.za
Big Data topics, including the development of hardware and middleware platforms., Science topics that involve the exploitation of MeerKAT data projected to be available by 2019-2020. (Multiwavelength projects that are directly linked to approved MeerKAT Large Survey Projects will be considered.), LSST science in the context of approved South African LSST PI proposals.

Dr Trienko Lups Grobler
University of Stellenbosch trienkog@gmail.com
Instrumentation and systems for Radio Frequency Interference (RFI) detection and data analysis/archival/interrogation/visualization.

 

 

Dr Mattia Vaccari UWC mvaccari@uwc.ac.za
Big Data topics, including the development of hardware and middleware platforms., Science topics that involve the exploitation of MeerKAT data projected to be available by 2019-2020. (Multiwavelength projects that are directly linked to approved MeerKAT Large Survey Projects will be considered.)

Prof Riana Geschke
University of Cape Town riana.geschke@uct.ac.za Radio Astronomy antennas and receivers.

Dr Matt Hilton
University of KwaZulu-Natal hiltonm@ukzn.ac.za
Science topics that involve the exploitation of MeerKAT data projected to be available by 2019-2020. (Multiwavelength projects that are directly linked to approved, MeerKAT Large Survey Projects will be considered.), LSST science in the context of approved South African LSST PI proposals.

Prof Thomas Niesler
University of Stellenbosch trn@sun.ac.za
Instrumentation and systems for Radio Frequency Interference (RFI) detection and data analysis/archival/interrogation/visualization.
Dr Rosalind Skelton
University of Cape Town ros@saao.ac.za
Science topics that involve the exploitation of MeerKAT data projected to be available by 2019-2020. (Multiwavelength projects that are directly linked to approved MeerKAT Large Survey Projects will be considered.)

Dr. Michae, Bietenholz HartRAO (SARAO) michael@hartrao.ac.za
Science topics that involve the exploitation of MeerKAT, data projected to be available by 2019-2020. (Multiwavelength projects that are directly linked to approved MeerKAT Large Survey Projects will be considered.), Interferometric Data Processing and Analysis, including calibration and imaging., VLBI science, instrumentation, observations and data processing (astronomy, astrometry and geodesy applications).

Prof Roger Deane
University of Pretoria ,roger.deane@up.ac.za

Science topics that involve the exploitation of MeerKAT data projected to be available by 2019-2020. (Multiwavelength projects that are directly linked to approved MeerKAT Large Survey Projects will be considered.), Interferometric Data Processing and Analysis, including calibration and imaging., VLBI science, instrumentation, observations and data processing (astronomy, astrometry and geodesy applications).

Dr Vanessa McBride

South African Astronomical Observatory (OAD) vanessa@astro4dev.org Big Data topics, including the development of hardware and middleware platforms.
Prof Kavilan Moodley
University of KwaZulu-Natal moodleyk41@ukzn.ac.za
Real-time Signal Processing instrumentation for Radio Astronomy, specifically using FPGA and GPU platforms., Science topics that involve the exploitation of MeerKAT data projected to be available by 2019-2020. (Multiwavelength projects that are directly linked to approved MeerKAT Large Survey Projects will be considered.), Epoch of Reionization and Intensity Mapping data reduction and analysis., Interferometric Data Processing and Analysis, including calibration and imaging., LSST science in the context of approved South African LSST PI proposals.

Dr Sibongiseni Tunzelana Thotsejane
Walter Sisulu University stunzelana@wsu.ac.za Big Data topics, including the development of hardware and middleware platforms.

Dr. Yabebal Fantaye
African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) yabi@aims.ac.za
Radio Pulsar and Fast-Transient science, instrumentation and data analysis (including real-time RFI detection)., Instrumentation and systems for Radio Frequency Interference (RFI) detection and data analysis/archival/interrogation/visualization., Epoch of Reionization and Intensity Mapping data reduction and analysis.

Prof Renee C Kraan-Korteweg
University of Cape Town kraan@ast.uct.ac.za
Science topics that involve the exploitation of MeerKAT data projected to be available by 2019-2020. (Multiwavelength projects that are directly linked to approved MeerKAT Large Survey Projects will be considered.)

Dr Aletha de Witt HartRAO alet@hartrao.ac.za
VLBI science, instrumentation, observations and data processing (astronomy, astrometry and geodesy applications).

Dr Mulemwa Akombelwa
Programme of Geomatics, University of KwaZulu-Natal akombelwa@ukzn.ac.za
VLBI science, instrumentation, observations and data processing (astronomy, astrometry and geodesy applications).
 

Dr Simon Winberg University of Cape Town    simon.winberg@uct.ac.za

Real-time Signal Processing instrumentation for Radio Astronomy, specifically using FPGA and GPU platforms., Instrumentation and systems for Radio Frequency Interference (RFI) detection and data analysis/archival/interrogation/visualization.

Prof. Babu Sena Paul University of Johannesburg     bspaul@uj.ac.za

Predictive maintenance and scheduling using sensor data analytics, machine learning and system modelling.

Dr Wesley Doorsamy University of Johannesburg  wdoorsamy@uj.ac.za

Predictive maintenance and scheduling using sensor data analytics, machine learning and system modelling.

Application Deadline: 
Saturday, September 15, 2018
Selection Deadline: 
Monday, October 15, 2018
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
Apply to Job
Attention To: 
Tumelo Mothupi
Institution/Company: 
SKA SA
Department Name: 
HUMAN CAPITAL DIVISION
Street Line 1: 
The Park, The park Road
Street Line 2: 
Pinelands
City: 
Cape Town
State/Province: 
Western Cape
Zip/Postal Code: 
7405
Country: 
South Africa
Phone: 
(+27)11 268 3413
FAX: 
0215067375
Email: 
lgura@ska.ac.za
Institution/Company Job ID or Reference Code: 
SKA/NM/01/2018
Inquiries About Job
Attention To: 
Loyiso Gura
Subject: 
Postdoctoral fellowship programme
Email: 
Igura@ska.ac.za