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Rhodes University, Grahamstown is calling for applications for a post-doctoral fellowship in the field of radio astronomical calibration and imaging algorithms. Rhodes University has established the Centre for Radio Astronomy Techniques and Technologies (RATT) based around the SKA Research Chair in RATT held by Prof Oleg Smirnov. In collaboration with the Radio Astronomy Research Group (RARG) of the MeerKAT project, RATT conducts research into novel radio astronomy calibration, imaging, data analysis algorithms, software and techniques that are urgently required by the next generation of radio telescopes and by the science they are designed to deliver.

South Africa is building the MeerKAT telescope and is operating its precursor KAT-7, is hosting the PAPER and C-BASS South instruments, and has recently been chosen as the site for the mid-frequency dish and dense aperture array components of the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project.

The position will be based at RATT in Grahamstown. The successful candidate will be expected to carry out research into novel calibration and imaging techniques and algorithms, work on applying these to real data, and co-supervise PhD and MSc students at RATT. Candidates should therefore bring expertise in one or more of the following: radio interferometric data processing, mathematics, applied mathematics, algorithms, signal processing, software development.

The basic term of appointment is two years, with a one-year extension subject to satisfactory progress. The position is available from 1 July 2014, or possibly earlier subject to agreement with the successful candidate.

Please see for more details.

Included Benefits:

ZAR 325,000 p.a., tax free, plus travel and equipment grants.



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