A postdoctoral position is available with Amanda Weltman in the Cosmology and Gravity Group at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.
The Cosmology and Gravity Group is part of the Astrophysics, Cosmology and Gravity Centre at the University of Cape Town. www.acgc.uct.ac.za. We have research expertise ranging from Astronomy and Cosmology to String Theory and Quantum Gravity. We are involved in a broad array of experiments and observational probes of the universe including the SKA project and its precursor MeerKAT as well as the IAXO telescope and other local probes of Dark Energy and axions. A primary purpose of this postdoctoral position will be in testing gravity and in particular chameleon models at all scales.
The successful applicant will be supported to work on research projects in collaboration with members of the Astrophysics and Cosmology Research Unit (ACRU) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. ACRU members have research interests in the areas of galaxy evolution, clusters of galaxies, the cosmic microwave background, and theoretical cosmology. ACRU members are involved in many international projects including the Atacama Cosmology Telescope (ACT; and its successor, ACTPol); the C-band All Sky Survey (C-BASS); various MeerKAT surveys; the Precision Array to Probe the Epoch of Reionization (PAPER); Planck; SPIDER; the South Pole Telescope polarimeter (SPTpol); and the XMM Cluster Survey. In addition, ACRU will participate in the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) project through the South African consortium. UKZN is also in the process of building an HPC facility. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to contribute to these efforts, as well as being encouraged to also develop their own independent research.
The position is for two years with the possibility of extension. The successful applicant will be based at The University of Cape Town with a generous allowance for frequent travel to the University of KwaZulu-Natal. A generous allowance will also be provided for international travel and research expenses.
Applicants should e-mail a curriculum vitae, brief statement of their research interests, list of publications, and arrange to have three letters of reference e-mailed to the above address by 31 December 2014 for full consideration. Note that applicants should have obtained their PhD degree within the last five years.
For further enquires about this position, please contact Dr Amanda Weltman ([Log in to view email])
Postdoctoral Position at the University of Cape Town with Weltman
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