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

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Archive Date: 
Tuesday, January 1, 2019
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Tsinghua University
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 Chinese—South African Forum of 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(UWC)

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

21-cm cosmology


Yin-Zhe Ma, Kavilan Moodley(UKZN), Mario Santos, Roy Maartens (UWC)

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

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


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

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(UKZN), Claude Carignan (UCT)

Di Li, Xuelei Chen, Ming Zhu (NAOC)

PERIOD and WORKING MODE:  The candidate is expected to spend one to two years in South Africa or in China and then reverse to the opposite country 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: 31st December 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: 
Monday, December 31, 2018
Selection Deadline: 
Tuesday, January 1, 2019
Current Status of Position: 
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