Within the context of the NRF Funded SARChI project: “Gravitational Wave Counterparts and Fast Transients” the following positions are available. All positions will be based at the University of Cape Town (UCT), in close collaboration with SAAO, IDIA/Ilifu and SARAO. Candidates will be requested to spend extended periods of time abroad, specifically in the Netherlands and Chile. The postdoctoral and PhD positions are for three years, as per the usual regulations in the South African system. MSc bursary positions are to support the MSc student during the final-year project work. All selected candidates will be asked to spend part of their time on the day-to-day operations of the MeerLICHT and BlackGEM telescopes, located in, respectively, Sutherland, South Africa and ESO La Silla, Chile. Tasks can include monitoring data quality control, data processing control, preventive maintenance and transient vetting.
Selection of candidates will commence on February 28, 2019. Positions are available per direct. For applications and further questions please contact Prof. Paul Groot, firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications must include a clear reference to the position(s) applied for, a motivation letter, a Curriculum Vitae including an academic record, and the names of at least two people willing to write a reference letter. Reference letters do not have to be sent with the application but will be requested in a second stage.
Through the National Research Foundation Research Chair Initiative, University of Cape Town (UCT) is offering a Postdoctoral Fellowship that is focused on using the recently upgraded Iziko Planetarium for research in astrophysics and related fields that require immersive visualisation. The candidate will work and liaise closely with the Iziko Planetarium University Consortium, led by Professor Thomas Jarrett (UCT), comprised of the University of Western Cape (UWC), Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), and UCT in partnership with Iziko Museums, the NRF and DST. The mandate of the Consortium is to manage and drive the research side, exploit the facility for carrying out research in the physical, biological and medical field sciences, as well as engage with other interested groups (e.g., humanities and arts) associated with the universities.
In January 2019, the Astronomy department will upgrade the domes of the Tony Fairall Teaching Observatory on UCT upper campus. This will include the replacement of the old domes on the roof of the RW James building, and the installation of a new Celestron 14-inch telescope in the west dome, dedicated for optical spectroscopy.