Contact:  n.bishop[AT]ru.ac.za, d.pollney[AT]ru.ac.zaLocation:  Grahamstown, South Africa
The Department of Mathematics at Rhodes University has two Faculty members, Prof NT Bishop and Dr D Pollney, working in numerical relativity and particularly black hole mergers. We would like to expand the interests of the group to include other aspects of gravitational wave astronomy, and as a first step we are seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow in data analysis. The position is not for a specific project, and we are interested in candidates with experience in any aspect of gravitational wave data analysis.
Rhodes University is a small university (just over 7000 students), which emphasizes postgraduate training and research. It is located 60 km from the coast, between Port Elizabeth and East London in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa.
While the main focus of this appointment will be data analysis related to the detection of gravitational waves by laser interferometric facilities, there would also be an opportunity in terms of pulsar timing measurements building on the University’s strong involvement in the SKA project.
The amount of the postdoctoral fellowship is R 180,000 per year, and is tax-free so the full amount will be paid out without any deductions. By local standards, this amounts to a good salary. An additional amount of R50,000 has been reserved for expenses, such as relocation costs, conferences, laptop, etc. The fellowship is for one year, renewable depending on performance and funding.
Applications should preferably be in the form of a single PDF file attached to an email to Prof NT Bishop (n.bishop[AT]ru.ac.za) with a copy to Dr D Pollney (d.pollney[AT]ru.ac.za).
Applications should include
* Full CV
* Contact details of three referees
* A statement (about half a page) of the candidate’s research interests and proposed research work during the Fellowship.
The closing date is 15 February 2013, although applications will be considered until the position is filled. The starting date will be as soon as possible thereafter.