Postdoctoral Fellowship on Gravitational Waves and Strong Gravity beyond GR, Cape Town, South Africa

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Deadline:  2020-02-29

Location:  Cape Town, South Africa

The Cosmology and Gravity Group in the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics at the University of Cape Town, welcomes applications for postdoctoral fellows starting in early 2020 to work on Gravitational Waves (theory and experiments) and Strong-gravity objects beyond General Relativity and related topics.

The postdoctoral fellow will mainly work with Alvaro de la Cruz Dombriz (UCT Cosmo), Raul Carballo (SISSA, Trieste IT), Anupam Mazumdar (Groningen U., NL) and Bishop Mongwane (UCT Cosmo). Collaborations are open with all the other members of the Group as well. Also the successful candidate is both welcome and encouraged to interact with the UCT Astronomy Department.

Interested candidates are encouraged to contact directly PIs for the relevant project areas by 29 February 2020, in order to discuss project details and funding opportunities.

The UCT Cosmology and Gravity Group is made of several Faculty members, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students. Cape Town hosts a large number of other research institutions in the field, such as, for example, the Department of Astronomy at UCT, the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO), the African Institute of Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) and the Radio-Cosmology group of the University of Western Cape (UWC). Therefore, the local scientific life is very vibrant.

In addition our academics have extensive international collaborations, and we are part of several bilateral agreements signed with other countries. For instance the group is member of two EU COST actions, participates in the SKA Working Groups (Cosmology and Gravitational Waves) and benefits from Erasmus+ mobilities for staff and postgraduate students.

Cape Town is a spectacular relaxed place to live, with a range of indoor and outdoor activities, though the outdoors truly shines. The city is quite cosmopolitan with plenty of foreigners settling here and the famous wine region around. The nature, with two oceans coming together and Table Mountain, is also outstanding. Access to culture (theatre, exhibitions, live music, festivals and opera) and high-quality gastronomy are easy and affordable. Further information at:


Applicants should please send ONE pdf file including your CV, publications if any and a brief statement of your research interests, and arrange to have ONE letter of reference e-mailed to Dr Alvaro de la Cruz-Dombriz for full consideration.
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.

TENURE: The tenure of the fellowship is TWO full years at the outset, with the possibility of extension subject to progress and the availability of funding.

SALARY: Salary will be R 280,000.00 per year (TAX free) plus travel allowance (two return international flight per year) and other top-ups. Such an stipend enables a high standard of life in Cape Town and facilitate attendance to international conferences and collaborations overseas.

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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