Astronomy and Space Science, Physics: Astrophysics
UNIVERSITY OF THE WITWATERSRAND, JOHANNESBURG
FACULTY OF SCIENCE
Radio Astronomy – Two Senior Positions
SCHOOL OF PHYSICS
The School of Physics in the Faculty of Science invites applications for two senior positions in Astronomy / Astrophysics, in a joint initiative with the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory and the National Research Foundation:
Distinguished Professor in Radio Astronomy;
DST-NRF Chair in Radio Astronomy
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 and the Institute for Collider Particle Physics. It 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.
Qualifications: Requirements include: 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: Professors are 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. Both positions come with very generous research grants. The DST-NRF Chair appointment is subject to final NRF approval
Applications: Submit a cover letter accompanied by a detailed curriculum vitae, indicating which position(s) is(are) being applied for, research and teaching experience, NRF rating (if available), a research proposal and teaching portfolio, certified copies of all educational qualifications and identity document and the names and email addresses of 3 referees.
To apply: External applicants are invited to apply by registering their profile on the Wits i-Recruitment platform located at https://irec.wits.ac.za and submitting applications. Internal applicants are invited to apply directly on Oracle by following the path: iWits /Self Service Applications /”Apply for a job”.
Correspondence will be entered into with short-listed candidates only. Short-listed applicants must be available for a personal or telephonic interview.
Closing date: 20 May 2019
The University reserves the right not to make an appointment and continue searching after the closing date and only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
“The University is committed to employment equity. Preference will be given to appointable applicants from underrepresented designated groups in terms of the relevant employment equity plan and policies of the university”
Committed to excellence and equity
2 openings. Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Internal Number: IRC79392
About School of Physics, University of the Witwatersrand
The University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) is a remarkable university that is internationally distinguished for its excellent research, high academic standards and commitment to social justice.
Wits has a reputation built on research and academic excellence, and is strategically located in Johannesburg, a world class city, with countless opportunities for students and staff to engage with and present solutions that will contribute to our country's knowledge-base and build our future.
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•Wits is home to one of the largest fossil collections in the southern hemisphere and is internationally recognized as a leader in the palaeo-sciences. Wits scientists have been contributing to the palaeo-sciences record for almost a century.
•The University owns the Sterkfontein Cave (in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site), the Wits Rural Facility in Mpumalanga, Pullen Farm and half of a private teaching hospital, the Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre.
•Our medical school is one of the best on the continent and through the Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre we train more specialists and super-specialists than any other university in southern Africa.
•Wits will host the... second African IBM Research Laboratory, one of only 12 such mega-labs across the world.
•Wits staff and students have access to 1 206 144 book volumes, 150 012 print and electronic journal titles, 234 online databases and over 3 300 collections of historical, political and cultural importance, encompassing the mid-17th Century to the present, some of which are being digitised for preservation.
•The Wits Art Museum is one of Johannesburg’s premier tourist attractions located in Wits’ cultural arc, currently numbering over 9 000 items.
•We are also home to the Bidvest Football Club, which we co-own, and run one of the largest football clubs in the country - the Wits Football Club.
•The Chancellor of the University, Dikgang Moseneke, is the Deputy Chief Justice of South Africa. Wits Law School, one of the country's premier institutions, produced two of South Africa's post-1994 Chief Justices of the Constitutional Court.
•The Origins Centre, a worldclass international tourist site at Wits, includes exhibitions on the Khoisan and Rock Art and tells the unique story of humankind's creativity. The University also boasts one of the largest and most diverse groups of geoscientists in Africa.
•The Wits School of Governance is the largest postgraduate school of public management in southern Africa.
•Wits offers a range of services to the community. The Wits Disability Unit is a model centre for higher education institutions that caters for disabled students, while the Centre for Deaf Studies offers support and education to caregivers and families of the Deaf. The Emthonjeni Centre offers speech and hearing therapy, counselling and psychotherapy to the public and acts as a practical training ground for students in this area.
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•4 712 academics
•307 international academic staff members
•1 512 professional, administrative and support staff
33 364 students
27 121 full-time
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•Over 30 service departments
•3 610 courses offered
•Located in Johannesburg, South Africa
•Based in Braamfontein and Parktown
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