HIRAX Postdoctoral Fellowships in Radio Astronomy Instrumentation and Analysis

Deadline: 31 January 2023

The Astrophysics Research Centre (ARC) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) is offering postdoctoral research positions in the area of radio astronomy instrumentation and analysis. We seek highly qualified candidates to work on the Hydrogen Intensity and Real-time Analysis eXperiment (HIRAX), a radio telescope array that is being led by UKZN, which has key science goals of 21cm cosmology, transients, pulsars, and hydrogen absorbers. HIRAX will deploy its first dishes at the Karoo site by mid-2023. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to work on a combination of radio hardware design and integration, instrument characterisation, simulations and forecasting, and analysis techniques for large data sets. There are additional opportunities to perform joint work within other ARC research areas, including galaxy evolution, clusters of galaxies, the cosmic microwave background, and theoretical cosmology.

The position is for two years, with the possibility of an extension to three years. Starting dates are negotiable and may begin as early as April 2023. The postdoctoral fellowship is supplemented by travel and equipment grants.

Applicants should e-mail a curriculum vitae, a brief statement of research interests, list of publications, and arrange to have three letters of reference e-mailed to Professor Kavilan Moodley (moodleyk41@ukzn.ac.za) by January 31, 2023, for full consideration. Note that applicants should have obtained their PhD degree within the last five years of taking up the appointment.

Included Benefits:
Medical insurance