China-South Africa Joint Postdoctoral fellowship on Cosmology and Radio astronomy

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Publish Date: 
Monday, May 7, 2018
Archive Date: 
Monday, June 4, 2018
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
National Astronomical Observatory of China
Job Announcement Text: 

The key laboratory of computational astrophysics in National Astronomical Observatory of China (NAOC), and the Astrophysics and Cosmology Research Unit in University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) invites application for a few joint postdoctoral research fellows in various subjects of astrophysics with emphasis on radio astronomy, cosmology and large-scale structure simulation. The postdoctoral fellowship is within the scheme of South Africa—China collaboration in astronomy and NAOC—UKZN Computational Astrophysics Centre (NUCAC), and will aim to use the large survey projects developing in the two countries to do research. The positions with different research foci are listed below.

Research areas Possible projects/research topics to involve SA collaborators

China collaborators

Intergalactic Medium, Large-scale structure

FAST, 21CMA, LSST, ACT, Planck, Parkes, GBT, Chandra, XMM-Newton, and XARM

Matt Hilton, Yin-Zhe Ma, Kavilan Moodley (UKZN), Mario Santos, Romeel Dave (UWC)

Houjun Mo, Wei Cui (Tsinghua),Hu Zhan (NAOC), Xi Kang(PMO), Xuelei Chen (NAOC), Taotao Fang (Xia-Men)

21-cm cosmology MeerKAT, SKA, BINGO, HIRAX, HERA, Tianlai, FAST, 21CMA Yin-Zhe Ma, Kavilan Moodley, Jon Sievers, (UKZN), Mario Santos (UWC), Gianni Bernardi (Rhodes), Roy Maartens (UWC)

Yi Mao (Tsinghua),Xuelei Chen, Xiang-Ping Wu (NAOC)

Computational Astrophysics Numerical modeling of Galaxy formation, SZ effect, galaxy and 21-cm surveys Yin-Zhe Ma, Kavilan Moodley (UKZN), Romeel Dave (UWC) Liang Gao, Jie Wang, Qi Guo (NAOC), Yi Mao (Tsinghua)
Cosmology with galaxy surveys and theory SDSS-III, SDSS-IV, TAIPAN

Yin-Zhe Ma, Kavilan Moodley (UKZN), Roy Maartens (UWC),Sergio Colafrancesco (Wits)

Qi Guo, Gong-Bo Zhao (NAOC), Xi Kang (PMO)
FAST and MeerKAT science HI survey and intensity mapping, FAST-SKA synergy Yin-Zhe Ma, Kavilan Moodley, Jon Sievers (UKZN), Claude Carignan (UCT) Di Li, Xuelei Chen, Ming Zhu (NAOC)

PERIOD and WORKING MODE: The candidate is expected to spend two years in South Africa or in China and another two years reverse to work on collaboration.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. in astronomy, astrophysics, computational physics or related field completed or expected by effective date.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: significant computational skills, parallel programming and data analysis skills.

DEADLINE: 5th June 2018 (full consideration), although late application is also accepted until the position is filled.

INQUIRY: Please address the inquiry to Yin-Zhe Ma ( or Xuelei Chen (

SUBMISSION: please submit your CV with publication list, a brief research statement highlighting the qualifications and interests, and 3 letters of reference letters to the email address “”, and indicate the research area you apply in the title of the email.

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Selection Deadline: 
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Current Status of Position: 
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