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Deadline: 2016-01-30
Location: Cape Town, South Africa

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Cosmology, Gravity or Astrophysics at the University of Cape Town

A postdoctoral fellowship is available in the Cosmology and Gravity Group (with Weltman) in the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

The Cosmology and Gravity Group has strong ties with the Laboratory for Quantum Gravity and Strings and the Astronomy department at the University of Cape Town. We have research expertise ranging from radio astronomy and cosmology to string theory and quantum gravity. We are involved in a broad array of experiments and observational probes of the universe including the SKA project and its pathfinder MeerKAT, the HIRAX experiment HIRAX (Hydrogen Intensity and Real-time Analysis eXperiment) as well as the IAXO (International Axion Observatory ) telescope and other local probes of dark energy, dark matter and axions.

This postdoctoral fellowship will be funded by an NRF/DST South African Research Chair in Physical Cosmology. Candidates interested in theoretical cosmology and in connecting theory to observations are particularly encouraged to apply.

The successful applicant will be based at The University of Cape Town, hosted by the Department of Mathematics & Applied Mathematics.
There is broad scope for travel though and for collaboration both nationally and internationally.

Conditions of award:
– Applicants must have obtained a doctoral degree in the relevant areas of mathematics, physics or astronomy within the past 5 years, and may not have held any prior permanent academic or professional posts.
– The successful incumbent may, as part of his/her professional development, be required to participate in departmental activities, such as limited teaching and supervision.
– The successful incumbent will be required to comply with the university’s approved policies, procedures and practices for the postdoctoral sector.

SALARY: The value of the fellowship will be a minimum of R220 000 per annum and is tax exempt. A generous allowance will be provided for international travel and research expenses on application.

TENURE: The tenure of the fellowship is two years at the outset, with the possibility of extension up to five years, subject to progress and the availability of funding and compliance with all NRF rules.

Cape Town is a spectacular place to live, with a range of indoor and outdoor activities, though the outdoors truly shines. We have excellent hiking, rock climbing and ocean sports all within a short distance of the university. It is a diverse and interesting city.

Email address for inquiries – Amanda.weltman[at]uct.ac.za . Please do not send applications or references to this address, they will not be considered.

Email address for applications – Tania.jansen[at]uct.ac.za

Applications should include a curriculum vitae, a brief statement of research interests and a list of publications. Please arrange to have three letters of reference e-mailed to the application address. Considerations will begin on 30 January 2015, however applications will still be considered after this date until a suitable candidate is appointed.

The University of Cape Town: reserves the right to disqualify ineligible, incomplete and/or inappropriate applications, and reserves the right to change the conditions of award, and/or to make no awards at all.


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