Postdoctoral Fellowships at the University Of The Western Cape


The Centre for Radio Cosmology (CRC) at the University of the Western Cape (UWC), South Africa, is offering Postdoctoral Fellowships to start in January 2022 (possibly earlier or later by agreement) in observational and theoretical cosmology related to the Square Kilometer Array (SKA), including its synergies with other cosmological experiments.

The remuneration is approximately R420 000 (around USD 17,814) per annum, tax-free. Additional funding is available for equipment and travel. The positions are for two years, with a possible one-year extension, subject to satisfactory progress.


  • A PhD in Astrophysics or a relevant field is required before appointment. 
  • The appointment is subject to the rules and approval of the University of the Western Cape and the National Research Foundation of South Africa.

Applicants should email a single PDF document containing:

  •     a CV (including publication list); 
  •     a description of previous and future research (2-3 pages).

Applicants should also arrange for 2-3 reference letters to be sent directly to the University of Western Cape by referees.

Email address: 

The CRC at UWC is internationally recognised for its research in cosmology using MeerKAT, the SKA and other radio and optical/IR telescopes. CRC faculty are involved in MeerKAT and SKA key science and HERA, HIRAX and the Rubin Observatory (previously referred to as the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, LSST).

In  2021, the UWC Astro Group consists of 25 PhD/ MSc students, 13 postdoctoral fellows and eight faculty: Ed Elson, Lerothodi Leeuw, Michelle Lochner, Roy Maartens, Siya Matshawule, Mario Santos, Russ Taylor, Mattia Vaccari.  (See  for further details.) Visiting faculty include Romeel Davé (University of Edinburgh), Matt Jarvis (Oxford University), David Bacon (University of Portsmouth), Stefano Camera (University of Turin), Phil Bull, Chris Clarkson and Alkistis Pourtsidou (Queen Mary University of London).  The CRC is closely linked to IDIA (Inter-University Institute for Data-Intensive Astronomy) at UWC: see

Deadline:  Review of applications will begin in July 2021 and continue until the position has been filled.

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