General Postdoctoral Opportunities

Postdoctoral applications are welcomed throughout the year.
Where funding from within the departments is available, these positions will be advertised. However, postdoctoral funding for positions within the departments and Centre may also be applied for from outside sources:

Claude Leon Foundation
The National Research Foundation (NRF)
UCT Postdoctoral research fellowships


Postdoc in cosmology

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position in theoretical cosmology at the University of Cape Town, funded by the National Research Foundation of South Africa. Cape Town is a rapidly growing centre for cosmological research, driven in part by the huge investment by South Africa in the Square Kilometre Array project. The Cosmology Group at the University of Cape Town is part of the Astrophysics, Cosmology and Gravity Centre, consisting of 20 academic staff members with research interests ranging from extragalactic astronomy to quantum gravity ( ).

The researcher will work with Chris Clarkson on topics in relativistic cosmology including gravitational lensing, perturbation theory and tests of modified gravity, though candidates with other interests will also be considered.

The position is for 2 years starting any time in 2015. Please email a CV, a brief statement of research interests, and arrange for 3 reference letters to be sent to chris [dot] clarkson [at] uct [dot] ac [dot] za by 6 Feb 2015. (Please note that applicants should have obtained their PhD degree within the last five years at the time of starting the position.)

Three PostDoctoral positions in Cosmology starting in 2014

The Cosmology and Gravity Group at the University of Cape Town has 3 postdoctoral positions currently available to start by the end of 2014. Together with the string theory group (QGASLaB) and the Astronomy department, the CGG forms part of the ACGC - Candidates interested in shared activities within the ACGC are especially encouraged to apply. - Please see details below and contact the relevant person ASAP.

1) A 1 year postdoc postdoc position is available to work with anyone in the group. The position may be extendable thereafter, however it will need to be taken up by the end of 2014. Please send applications or questions to any group member together with 3 references before the end of August (though applications will be accepted until the post is filled). Contact info can be found at

2) A postdoc position is available in relativistic cosmology to work with Chris Clarkson. The position is for 2 years, starting by the end of 2014. Please send applications or questions to chris [dot] clarkson [at] gmail [dot] com together with 3 references before the end of August (though applications will be accepted until the post is filled).

3) A postdoctoral position is available to work with Amanda Weltman at the University of Cape Town and with the researchers at Astrophysics and Cosmology Research Unit (ACRU) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. We invite applications for a shared postdoctoral research fellowship to work in the areas of observational and theoretical cosmology.

Postdoctoral Position in Multi-Wavelength Extragalactic Astronomy

The Department of Astronomy of the University of Cape Town is offering a Postdoctoral Fellow Research position in Extragalactic astronomy based on the construction and utilization of the All-Sky WISE Galaxy Image Atlas and Catalogue. The interested candidate should have prior experience with resolved galaxy photometry and managing (large) data sets.

Several SKA Fellowships Available (Deadline Passed)

The SA SKA POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMME provides talented postdoctoral scientists from around the world an opportunity to engage in ongoing research projects related to the mission of the South African Square Kilometre Array Project (SA SKA).

Joint Position in Observational Astronomy (Deadline Passed)

The Department of Astronomy and the SAAO have a vacancy for a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer joint position in Observational Astronomy. See attached link for the advert as well as the departmental profiles for UCT and the SAAO. The closing date for applications: 1 September 2010.

Postdoctoral Positions

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