The Astrophysics and Cosmology Research Unit (ACRU) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal is offering postdoctoral research positions in the area of radio astronomy and instrumentation. We seek highly qualified candidates to work on the Hydrogen Intensity and Real-time Analysis eXperiment (HIRAX), a new radio telescope array that is being led by UKZN and that has science goals of 21cm cosmology, transients, pulsars, and hydrogen absorbers. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to work on a combination of radio hardware design and integration, instrument characterisation, simulations and forecasting, analysis techniques for large data sets, etc. There are additional opportunities to perform joint work within other ACRU research areas, including galaxy evolution, clusters of galaxies, the cosmic microwave background, and theoretical cosmology.
The positions are for two years with the possibility of extension to three years. Starting dates are negotiable and may begin as early as January 2018. The value of a postdoctoral fellowship is ZAR 320,000 per annum, and this amount is supplemented by travel and equipment grants.
Applicants should e-mail a curriculum vitae, brief statement of research interests, list of publications, and arrange to have three letters of reference e-mailed to Professor Jonathan Sievers (firstname.lastname@example.org) by November 15, 2017, for full consideration. Note that applicants should have obtained their PhD degree within the last five years.