Postdoctoral Fellowships in Observational Radio Astronomy and Radio Astronomy Techniques & Technologies

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Tuesday, November 23, 2021
Archive Date: 
Tuesday, January 4, 2022
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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 (RATT)
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 MeerKAT open time proposals from the first two calls. We are leading the science exploitation of the MeerKAT Galaxy Cluster Legacy Survey MGCLS, and aim to produce a second data release that requires full calibration of the 115 datasets, along with polarization products for the full set of targets. We are also creating a database containing HI detections in the MGCLS, thereby producing an unprecedented catalogue to allow studies of HI properties in galaxies in all environments, from the field to galaxy clusters, on a statistical basis. Applicants interested in related science and technical goals are encouraged.

We are therefore looking for two types of candidates: observational radio astronomers with experience in data reduction and a strong interest in novel 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 (VLA, LOFAR, E-MERLIN, GMRT, EVN, ALMA, ASKAP, etc.) will be actively encouraged, as will collaboration with other groups at South African universities.

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

Included Benefits: 

ZAR 422,300 p.a., tax free, plus travel and equipment funds. The term of the appointment is three years.

Application Deadline: 
Sunday, January 9, 2022
Selection Deadline: 
Sunday, January 9, 2022
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: 
Rhodes University
Street Line 2: 
PO Box 94
City: 
Makhanda
State/Province: 
Eastern Cape
Zip/Postal Code: 
6139
Country: 
South Africa
Inquiries About Job
Attention To: 
Oleg Smirnov
Subject: 
RATT postdocs