Professor of Radio Astronomy
Wits University
Gauten, ZA
16d ago


The School of Physics in the Faculty of Science invites applications for the above position in Astronomy / Astrophysics, in a joint initiative with the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory.

The School of Physics, the largest in the country, engages in internationally competitive research within very diverse fields, some emerging and some established, including theoretical and experimental high energy physics, materials physics, condensed matter physics, nuclear physics, astronomy, astrophysics and astro-

particle physics, high-throughput electronics, photonics, space propulsion, and physics education. The School hosts three DST-

NRF Chairs, is home to the Materials Physics Research Institute with significant experimental infrastructure, the Mandelstam Institute for Theoretical Physics, plays an important role in the Centre of Excellence in Strong Materials, and hosts the Gauteng node of the National Institute for Theoretical Physics.

In addition, the School has an active teaching programme that reaches over 3000 students annually and an outreach programme that includes a Planetarium.

Brief Description

  • Qualifications : A PhD in astronomy, astrophysics, or related areas; evidence of a distinguished research profile in observational radio astronomy, including an excellent publication record;
  • a background and research plans connected to SKA science areas, including those to be explored by precursor instruments such as MeerKAT;
  • experience in post-graduate supervision. Final selection will be made on the basis of scholarship and potential to contribute to the work and reputation of the School.

    Duties : The Professor will be expected to lead a research group, including the mentoring of post-graduate students and the pursuit of independent research, teach and participate in the administration of the School, Faculty and University.

    A generous research grant will be made available to the successful candidate.

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