The Department of Astronomy at the University of Cape Town is seeking to appoint a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer on a three-year contract. Applications are sought from scientists whose research interests lie in multi-wavelength stellar astrophysics or extragalactic astronomy. Preference will be given to applicants whose research interests complement or include existing research programmes within the Department of Astronomy.
At the December 2019 Science graduation ceremony, two Astronomy postgraduate students obtained their degree. Amidou Sorgho, now Dr Sorgho, obtained his PhD for a thesis on deep HI (neutral hydrogen gas) observations of nearby late-type spiral galaxies, and Abubakr Ibrahim obtained his MSc for a dissertation on dispersion measure variations in pulsar observations with LOFAR. Congratulations Amidou and Abubakr!
On Friday 13 December 2019, the Dean of Science at UCT, Prof Maano Ramutsindela, formally opened the second optical teaching telescope. This is a new 14-inch Celestron telescope dedicated towards optical spectroscopy. The Tony Fairall Teaching Observatory of the Department of Astronomy at UCT now consists of two 14-in Celestron optical teaching telescopes, and one 3-m radio teaching telescope. The latter is housed at the SAAO.