Other Scholarship and Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunities

arrow UCT 2023 MSc and PhD Research Opportunities in Astronomy
In this annual cycle of MSc and PhD research opportunities, academic staff at the Department of Astronomy at UCT, often in collaboration with astronomers at the South African Astronomical Observatory, offer the following MSc and PhD projects for 2023.

The Centre for Radio Cosmology (CRC) at UWC is internationally recognised for its research in cosmology and galaxy evolution with MeerKAT, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) and other telescopes (see astro.uwc.ac.za for further details). In 2022, the CRC research team includes 21 PhD/ MSc students and 11postdoctoral fellows. Postgraduate students at the CRC work in a friendly and highly active research environment, with support from postdoctoral researchers.

arrow Postdoctoral Fellowship in Cosmology and Radio astronomy at UKZN

Deadline: 31st July 2022

The research group led by Professor Yin-Zhe Ma at the Astrophysics Research Centre at the University of KwaZulu-Natal invites applications for two postdoctoral research fellows in cosmology and radio astronomy. These two positions have different tasks and tenure periods, as described below.

1. One position will work on preparing science for Vera C. Rubin Observatory (LSST), with particular emphasis on cross-correlating photometric data products from LSST with 21-cm survey data from MeerKAT. The research involves developing an analysis method and pipeline for large-scale structure cross-correlation and 21-cm cosmology. This position is funded by the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science of UKZN and will last for two years, starting immediately after offering and acceptance.

2. Another position will work on low-frequency interferometer calibration and heavily involve in Hydrogen Epoch Reionization Array (HERA). The candidate will also work on high-redshift EoR power spectrum and crosscorrelation technique. This position is funded by SA Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) and will last for three years, starting from 2023. The minimal qualification is Ph.D. in astronomy, astrophysics, computational physics or a related field completed or expected by the effective date. Significant computational skills, parallel programming and data analysis skills are preferred.
Preference will be given to the candidate who fit into the demographic guidelines provided by the NRF and SARAO.

DEADLINE: 31st July 2022 (full consideration), although the late application is also accepted until the position is filled.
INQUIRY: Please address the query to Professor Yin-Zhe Ma (ma@ukzn.ac.za).
SUBMISSION: Please submit your CV with a complete publication list, qualification documents, a brief research statement, and minimum 2 reference letters to ma@ukzn.ac.za.

arrow Post-Grad Bursaries within EMACS group: Dept of E&E Engineering; Stellenbosch University

Deadline: 30th June 2022

A number of bursaries are offered each year for post-graduate students wishing to pursue MEng or PhD degrees within the Electromagnetics, Microwave, Antennas and Computational System (EMACS) group at Stellenbosch University. For the MEng degree, the requirements are a BEng in electronic (or electrical and electronic) engineering, or an appropriate BSc (Hons) with appropriate subjects, typically physics, mathematics/applied mathematics and/or computer science. Candidates with a BEng Mechatronics may also be considered. For the PhD degree, an appropriate Master’s degree is required. The bursaries offer generous levels of support (> R150k per annum) and, in some cases, include travel and equipment grants. Applications are open to all South African citizens and permanent residents; applications from students from previously disadvantaged groups are particularly encouraged, and demographic targets are strictly enforced selection criteria in some of our funding instruments.

In addition to bursaries offered through the National Research Foundation (NRF) from the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO), in both freestanding and grant-linked to the SARChI Chair in Antenna Systems for SKA forms, some bursaries are also available annually from a number of industry grants.

The first round of applications for the 2023 academic year is now open, with application deadline of 30 June 2022. This allows time to coordinate NRF bursary applications before the internal deadline of 8 July 2022.

All applications, to be sent to Prof Dirk de Villiers (ddv@sun.ac.za), should include:

  1. Study record (if BEng not obtained from Stellenbosch University)
  2. Short CV (especially important if there were breaks in your study career)
  3. Motivation letter (maximum 1 page) – why do you want to study in this field and with our group?
  4. A list of the top 3 topics of interest to you from the list below

A list of past and possible future topics is given below, which can be used to guide candidates to a suitable supervisor and study direction. Not all these topics will be offered, and the final assigned topic will be finalised through consultation and may be different from the list provided below as it will depend on student interest, supervisor availability, and grant conditions.

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