Monday, 24 June 2019
Professor Michael Feast: 1926-2019
It is with great sadness that we share the news of the death of Michael Feast. He died peacefully early on the morning of 1 April 2019, aged 92.

Michael was an honorary professor in the Department of Astronomy at the University of Cape Town from 1992, and he was awarded a DSc (honoris causa) by UCT in 1993. He was a former director of the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO), a founding member of the Academy of Science of South Africa, a member of the International Astronomical Union, an honorary fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and a fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa and the South African Institute of Physics (SAIP). Above all, he was a source of inspiration to all of us, and a dear friend and colleague to staff and students alike.

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Publication Date:
Wed, 03 Apr 2019 - 17:45
Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in Astronomy (UCT/SAAO)

The Department of Astronomy at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) have an opening for a joint position in observational astronomy at Lecturer or Senior Lecturer level. Applications are sought from scientists whose research interests lie in stellar astrophysics or extragalactic astronomy, and who could make intensive use of the telescopes at SAAO, including SALT and MeerLICHT.


Publication Date:
Tue, 26 Mar 2019 - 06:45
SARCHI Chair Positions

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.

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Thu, 14 Feb 2019 - 10:45


1. Masters (MSc, 1 year): Exploring extreme star-forming galaxies for SALT in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey

2. Masters (MSc,1 year): HI masses of extreme star-forming galaxies in HI deep-fields

3. Ph.D. (3 years): Vertical structure evolution of spiral galaxy disks using optical and near-infrared integral field spectroscopy INSTRUMENT Sub-GROUP:

4. Masters (1 year) (MSc or MTech): Design and development of fibre-optic test facility

5. Ph.D. (3 years): Design, development and commissioning of a fibre slitmask integral-field unit for SALT prime-focus spectrograph

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Tue, 05 Feb 2019 - 22:00