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CosFlow 2020 meeting
Fri, 01 Nov 2019 - 13:30

We are pleased to announce that the portals for registration and abstract submission are now open for the conference
Cosmic Flows, Large-Scale Structure and Visualisation
to be held 17 -21 Feb 2020 in Stellenbosch (STIAS)

All further information can be found at  the conference website www.idia.ac.za/cosflow2020/

Rotation speeds of super spiral galaxies
Tue, 22 Oct 2019 - 18:15

Using the Southern African Large Telescope, UCT Astronomy's Prof Tom Jarrett and colleagues recently determined the very fast rotation speeds of 'super spirals', large massive spiral galaxies. Read all about this exciting research in the SAAO press release, or the article on Universe Today. This research was published in the Astrophysical Journal Letters

Prof Jarrett is the NRF SARChI Chair in Astrophysics and Space Science.

Professor / Associate Professor in Astronomy
Tue, 22 Oct 2019 - 18:00

The Department of Astronomy at the University of Cape Town has a vacancy for the position of Associate Professor / Professor in the field of Extragalactic Multi-wavelength Astronomy. Applications are particularly sought from scientists whose research is focused on radio continuum and/or HI observations of galaxies, and who could make extensive use of MeerKAT, the precursor to the mid-frequency component of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA).

Prof Whitelock awarded the 2018 SAIP Gold Medal
Mon, 08 Jul 2019 - 18:30

At the 64th Annual Conference of the South African Institute of Physics in Polokwane (8-12 July 2019), Prof Whitelock was awarded the 2018 SAIP Gold Medal for her outstanding research career in astronomy and astrophysics, and for her distinguished and extensive contributions to leadership, education and human capacity development of the Physics and Astronomy community.



Record crop of Astronomy PhDs reach for the stars
Wed, 01 May 2019 - 18:15

Last April, 5 PhD students in the Astronomy Department at UCT obtained their PhDs: Dr Sam Legodi, Dr Marie Korsaga, Dr Brenda Namumba, Dr Elizabeth Naluminsa and Dr Kerry Paterson. Read about their PhD journeys in this wonderful article for the Science Faculty newsletter.

Professor Michael Feast: 1926-2019
Wed, 03 Apr 2019 - 17:45
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.



Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in Astronomy (UCT/SAAO)
Tue, 26 Mar 2019 - 06:45

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.


SARCHI Chair Positions
Thu, 14 Feb 2019 - 10:45

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.

Tue, 05 Feb 2019 - 22:00


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

For more details please view the entire advert here
SARChI Postdoctoral Fellowship in Planetarium Research Liaison
Thu, 17 Jan 2019 - 10:30

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.

Upgrading the UCT Astronomy Tony Fairall Teaching Observatory
Tue, 01 Jan 2019 - 06:15

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.


MeerKAT Science Busy Day at UCT Astronomy
Fri, 23 Nov 2018 - 05:45

On Tuesday 20 November, UCT Astronomy hosted a MeerKAT Science Busy Day where researchers from the Astronomy department shared and discussed early science results from the MeerKAT radio telescope array.