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MeerKAT Discovers Mystery Clouds
Fri, 10 Dec 2021 - 09:15

An international team led by astronomers Gyula Józsa, Michelle Cluver, and Thomas Jarrett has utilized the South African MeerKAT telescope to discover a mysterious chain of hydrogen gas clouds the size of a massive galaxy. 

Indeed, the accumulation of so much elemental hydrogen without associated stellar components is the largest yet discovered. Appearing at the edge of a relatively massive group of galaxies, there is the possibility that the cloud chain is gas stripped from group-member galaxies, but it may also be primordial and gravitationally drawn into the group through a cosmic filament pathway.

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship: Vera C. Rubin Observatory LSST
Thu, 11 Nov 2021 - 18:45

The South African Astronomical Observatory( SAAO) and the Astronomy Department of the University of Cape Tow (UCT) invite applications for a 3 year joint postdoctoral position related to the Vera C. Rubin Observatory's Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST), with a focus on cataclysmic variables, compact binaries or related objects.

We seek an outstanding individual to join the research group let by Professor David Buckley, who is a South Afriican LSST Principal Investigator involved in optical transient follow-up. The candidate should have observational experience, ideally associated with discoveries or follow-up studies from survey data of the above mentioned target objects. The appointee will become a Junior Alliliate on the South African LSST Transient program, involving preparatory work ahead of the main survey, due to start in 2024.

 

SARChI postdoctoral position in extragalactic MeerKAT HI Science University of Cape Town
Thu, 28 Oct 2021 - 16:00

The Department of Astronomy of the University of Cape Town is offering a postdoctoral position to work with Prof D J Pisano, South African Research Chair in Extragalactic Multi-wavelength Astronomy, on HI-data obtained with the recently completed 64-dish MeerKAT radio telescope of the South African Radio Astronomical Radio Observatory.

Call for Applications for the National Astrophysics and Space Science Programme (NASSP) Honours Degree 2022
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 - 14:00
Application deadline: 31 August 2021

The National Honours Programme in Astrophysics and Space Science (NASSP) is currently offered at three university nodes in collaboration with other partner universities. The three nodes are at: University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN – Westville Campus), University of Cape Town (UCT), and North-West University (NW

2022 MSc and PhD Research Opportunities in Astronomy
Wed, 19 May 2021 - 11:30

The department of Astronomy at UCT offers research opportunities for students who wants to pursue Masters and PhD

Astronomy Lecturer Position
Sun, 22 Nov 2020 - 12:15

The Department of Astronomy seeks to appoint a full-time academic at the Lecturer level. Applications are sought
from scientists whose research interests lie in Extragalactic Multi-Wavelength Astronomy. Preference will be given
to applicants whose research interests include radio/HI observations of galaxies and complement or include existing
extragalactic research programmes within the department. The department has close links with the South African
Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO)
and the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) and the successful
candidate will have access to MeerKAT through Open Time calls, collaborative programmes within existing MeerKAT
Large Survey Projects, the South African share on SALT, and telescopes of the SAAO.

The department also has a well-established undergraduate major in astrophysics and hosts one of the nodes of the
postgraduate National Astrophysics and Space Science Programme (NASSP). The successful candidate will be
expected to contribute towards the teaching portfolio of the department.

Astronomy Lecturer Position (application deadline 7 December 2020)
Sun, 22 Nov 2020 - 12:15

The Department of Astronomy seeks to appoint a full-time academic at the Lecturer level. Applications are sought
from scientists whose research interests lie in Extragalactic Multi-Wavelength Astronomy. Preference will be given
to applicants whose research interests include radio/HI observations of galaxies and complement or include existing
extragalactic research programmes within the department. The department has close links with the South African
Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) and the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) and the successful
candidate will have access to MeerKAT through Open Time calls, collaborative programmes within existing MeerKAT
Large Survey Projects, the South African share on SALT, and telescopes of the SAAO.

InspiringFifty South Africa 2020
Wed, 18 Nov 2020 - 23:45

Congratulations to Miss Tshiamiso Makwela, Ph.D. candidates in our Department, who is among the winners of InspiringFifty South Africa 2020, a non-profit organization that aims to increase diversity in tech.

UCT College of Fellows’ Young researcher Award for 2020
Wed, 11 Nov 2020 - 13:45

We are very proud to announce that Dr. Itumeleng Monageng, who holds a joint lectureship position between the Department of Astronomy at UCT and at the South African Astronomical Observatory, has received the UCT College of Fellows’ Young researcher Award for 2020! Dr. Monageng is a stellar astrophysicist studying X-ray binary stars and he is one of only 7 young researchers at UCT to receive this prestigious award this year! Congratulations!

 

UCT SARAO South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) Position
Fri, 16 Oct 2020 - 21:15

The Department of Astronomy at the University of Cape Town invites applications for the UCT SARAO South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) Professor in Extragalactic Multi-Wavelength Astronomy. The position will be supported initially for a 5-year term by the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) through a generous budget covering postgraduate students and postdoctoral fellows, administrative support, plus an operating grant, and is therefore subject to final approval by the NRF.

Call for Applications for the National Astrophysics and Space Science Programme (NASSP) Honours Degree 2021
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 - 14:00
Application deadline: 31 August 2020

The National Honours Programme in Astrophysics and Space Science (NASSP) is currently offered at three university nodes in collaboration with other partner universities. The three nodes are at: University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN – Westville Campus), University of Cape Town (UCT), and North-West University (NW

SARAO - UCT Department of Astronomy Undergraduate and Honours Bursaries for 2020
Wed, 22 Jan 2020 - 21:30

We are happy to announce the availability of 5 undergraduate and Honours bursaries for 2020 funded by SARAO to study Astronomy/Astrophysics at UCT. The breakdown is as follows:

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