The National Research Foundation (NRF) supports and promotes research and human capital development through funding, the provision of National Research Facilities and science outreach platforms and programmes to the broader community in all fields of science and technology, including natural sciences, engineering, social sciences and humanities.
SAAO is a National Facility of the National Research Foundation and provides research infrastructure for optical and infrared astronomy. Its headquartered in Cape Town, South Africa. SAAO hosts and/or operates a suite of sub 2-m class telescopes, as well as the 10-m class Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) at its site near Sutherland in the Northern Cape.
South Africa is the leading partner in SALT and astronomers based here have access to time on the SAAO telescopes, SALT, and the MeerKAT radio interferometer.In addition, we have access to either time on, or data from, a number of hosted facilities, including the 1.4- m Infrared Survey Facility, LCO, KMTNet, ATLAS, MeerLICHT, MASTER, and the upcoming 1.8-m near-IR telescope PRIME. SAAO also has an active outreach and education department, and hosts the Office of Astronomy for Development, which focuses on how the tools, skills and methodologies of astronomy can be applied across other fields in service of sustainable development.
Applicants are encouraged to contact staff astronomers they may collaborate with, to discuss research plans ahead of the application.
The research fellowship is intended to offer an opportunity for excellent early career researchers to establish a track record of independent research.
The primary duty of the fellow is the completion of research, but they will also be expected to make active contributions to the SAAO environment through, for example, student mentorship, service observing, instrument development, contributions to science engagement or astronomy for development.
Informal enquiries may be directed to A/Prof. Vanessa McBride email@example.com.
Applicants should apply online at https://ess.nrf.ac.za/Account/Recruitment.
Applications should include a CV, a cover letter and a research plan uploaded as a supporting document. The names and contact details of at least three referees should be provided.
Applications should be submitted no later than 31 July 2022.
The South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) and the Astronomy Department of the University of Cape Town (UCT) invite applications for a 3 year joint postdoctoral position related to the Vera C. Rubin Observatory’s Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST), with a focus on cataclysmic variables, compact binaries or related objects.
We seek an outstanding individual to join the research group led by Professor David Buckley, who is a South African LSST Principal Investigator involved in the optical transient follow-up. The candidate should have observational experience, ideally associated with the discoveries or follow-up studies from survey data of cataclysmic variables, compact binaries or related objects. For more information click here.
These are postdoctoral positions open funded by the National Research Foundation and open to South African citizens and permanent residents. Nominations for the 2021 academic year will be in line with the ministerial guidelines on equity and redress.
The following staff members would like to host PDP postdoctoral fellows in 2021: