Postdoctoral Fellowships in Radio Astronomy Techniques & Technologies

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Archive Date: 
Tuesday, December 24, 2019
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Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Institution/Company: 
Centre for Radio Astronomy Techniques & Technologies
Department Name: 
Department of Physics & Electronics
Street Line 1: 
Rhodes University
Street Line 2: 
PO Box 94
City: 
Makhanda
State/Province: 
Eastern Cape
Zip/Postal: 
6139
Country: 
South Africa
Announcement
Job Announcement Text: 

The Rhodes University Centre for Radio Astronomy Techniques & Technologies (RATT) is calling for applications for 3-year postdoctoral fellowships in observational radio astronomy and/or radio astronomy techniques and technologies. RATT was established around the eponymous SKA Research Chair at Rhodes held by Prof Oleg Smirnov. In collaboration with the Radio Astronomy Research Group (RARG) of the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO, Cape Town, South Africa), RATT conducts research into novel radio astronomy calibration, imaging, data analysis algorithms, software and techniques that are urgently required by the next generation of radio telescopes and by the science they are designed to deliver, with a particular focus on MeerKAT data processing. Most RATT-affiliated researchers are members of the various MeerKAT Large Survey Projects, and are leading and/or are actively involved in the recently awarded MeerKAT open time proposals.

We are looking for two kinds of candidates: observational radio astronomers with experience in data reduction and an interest in techniques, algorithms and software, or mathematicians and/or signal processing specialists with an interest in developing algorithms and software for radio astronomy. The ideal candidate will have proven software development skills and will be motivated to develop and/or validate new radio data processing algorithms. The candidates will be able to (and will be expected to) spend a significant fraction of their time on their own research projects, with a strong focus on MeerKAT science. Collaboration with other institutions worldwide, and participation in observational programs with leading radio observatories (EVLA, LOFAR, E-MERLIN, GMRT, WSRT, ATCA, EVN, ALMA, ASKAP, etc.) will be actively encouraged, as will collaboration with groups at South African universities.

The positions will be based at Rhodes University (Makhanda) and/or at SARAO (Cape Town).

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: 
Wednesday, January 1, 2020
Selection Deadline: 
Wednesday, January 1, 2020
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
Apply to Job
Attention To: 
Oleg Smirnov
Title: 
Prof
Institution/Company: 
Rhodes University
Department Name: 
Department of Physics & Electronics
Street Line 1: 
PO Box 94
City: 
Makhanda
State/Province: 
Eastern Cape
Zip/Postal Code: 
6139
Country: 
South Africa
Phone: 
+27782167951
Email: 
o.smirnov@ru.ac.za
Inquiries About Job
Attention To: 
Oleg Smirnov
Subject: 
RATT postdocs
Email: 
o.smirnov@ru.ac.za