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Opportunities
If you would like to work with us, we would love to hear from you. We have various opportunities available, ranging from a short visit to a postdoc fellowship. Please click on the tabs below for more information.

Postdoc Fellowship

Postdoctoral Fellowships in the High Energy Physics, Cosmology & Astrophysics Theory (HEPCAT) group at the University of Cape Town, South Africa

The High Energy Physics, Cosmology and Astrophysics Theory group in the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics at the University of Cape Town (UCT) seeks highly qualified postdoctoral candidates to start in 2019. The group has 2 core faculty members – Amanda Weltman and Shajid Haque and associate members include Jeff Murugan, Jon Shock, Julien Larena, Will Horowitz and Kurt van der Heyden. 

We will consider all eligible candidates, however the priority research areas will be 21 cm cosmology, FRBs and probing modified gravity theories with gravitational waves. 

The successful candidate(s) will have the opportunity to join and work on the Hydrogen Intensity and Real-time Analysis eXperiment (HIRAX), a new radio telescope array currently under construction in South Africa, that has science goals of 21cm cosmology, transients, pulsars, and hydrogen absorbers. 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 group research areas, including amplitudes in astrophysics, machine learning and theoretical cosmology more broadly.

The position is for two years with the possibility of extension subject to progress and funding. Starting dates are negotiable and may begin as soon as possible in 2019.

Applicants should please send 1 pdf file including your CV, publications and a brief statement of your research interests, and arrange to have three letters of reference e-mailed to Professor Amanda Weltman – Amanda.weltman[AT]uct.ac.za by 15 July, 2019, for full consideration. The position(s) will remain open until filled. Note that applicants should have obtained their PhD degree in a related field (Physics, Astronomy or Applied Mathematics) within the last five years and may not have held any prior permanent academic posts.

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. UCT is committed to the pursuit of excellence, diversity and redress. Our Employment Equity Policy is available http://www.uct.ac.za/downloads/uct.ac.za/about/policies/eepolicy.pdf

PhD Fellowships

PhD Fellowships in the High Energy Physics, Cosmology & Astrophysics Theory (HEPCAT) group at the University of Cape Town, South Africa

The High Energy Physics, Cosmology and Astrophysics Theory group in the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics at the University of Cape Town (UCT) seeks highly qualified postdoctoral candidates to start in 2019. The group has 2 core faculty members – Amanda Weltman and Shajid Haque and associate members include Jeff Murugan, Jon Shock, Julien Larena, Will Horowitz and Kurt van der Heyden.

We will consider all eligible candidates, however the priority research areas will be 21 cm cosmology, FRBs, probing modified gravity theories with gravitational waves.

The successful candidate(s) will have the opportunity to join and train on the Hydrogen Intensity and Real-time Analysis eXperiment (HIRAX), a new radio telescope array currently under construction in South Africa, that has science goals of 21cm cosmology, transients, pulsars, and hydrogen absorbers. 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 group research areas, including amplitudes in astrophysics, machine learning and theoretical cosmology more broadly.

A Masters degree in a related field (physics, astronomy or applied mathematics) is a prerequisite.
Applicants should please send 1 pdf file including your CV, publications if any, academic transcripts and a brief statement of your research interests, and arrange to have three letters of reference e-mailed to Professor Amanda Weltman – Amanda.weltman[AT]uct.ac.za by 15 July, 2019, for full consideration.

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. UCT is committed to the pursuit of excellence, diversity and redress. Our Employment Equity Policy is available at http://www.uct.ac.za/downloads/uct.ac.za/about/policies/eepolicy.pdf 

Short Visitorship

Visitorships in the High Energy Physics, Cosmology & Astrophysics Theory (HEPCAT) group at the University of Cape Town, South Africa
The High Energy Physics, Cosmology and Astrophysics Theory group in the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics at the University of Cape Town (UCT) invites applications to visit and collaborate with group members. The group has 2 core faculty members – Amanda Weltman and Shajid Haque and associate members include Jeff Murugan, Jon Shock, Julien Larena, Will Horowitz and Kurt van der Heyden.
 
We will consider visits of senior PhD students and postdoctoral researchers for up to 6 months and both short term faculty visits as well as hosting self-funded sabbatical visitors. 
Interested candidates should get in touch with Professor Amanda Weltman – Amanda.weltman[AT]uct.ac.za to discuss possibilities. These visitorships will be appointed and offered on a rolling basis.