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Postdoctoral Positions in Gamma-ray Astronomy x 2

Company University of Namibia
Reference # FOS123
Published 13/09/2019
Contract Type Contract
18 Months
Location Windhoek, Khomas, Namibia
Introduction
The University of Namibia is inviting suitably qualified candidates to apply for the Postdoctoral positions, Faculty of Science, Department of Physics at the University of Namibia in Gamma-ray Astronomy, supported by an award from the UK Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) to the University of Oxford. The aim of this GCRF project is to develop astronomy in Namibia with specific focus on the High Energy Stereoscopic System (H.E.S.S.) gamma-ray observatory, in conjunction with related capacity-building activities in education and astronomy-related tourism.
Consideration of applications will begin on 15/10/2019 and will continue until the posts are filled. Informal enquiries may be sent to Prof Garret Cotter garret.cotter@physics.ox.ac.uk and Dr Michael Backes mbackes@unam.na .

Job Functions Academic
Industries Academic,Education
Specification
The Postdoctoral candidates will primarily be expected to carry out a research programme, preferably related to gamma-ray astrophysics of active galaxies, and undertake some support duties at the H.E.S.S. observatory including observing shifts. They will also assist in the development of astronomy-related programmes in high-school education and tourism, in conjunction with UNAM staff and the Namibian tourism authorities. Possibilities for gaining teaching experience can also be discussed. The post-holders will be full members of the H.E.S.S. collaboration and will have access to travel funds to collaboration meetings in Europe and regional astronomy meetings in southern Africa.
Requirements
Candidates should have completed a Ph.D. in a relevant topic in Astrophysics. Applicants should attached a CV (two pages) and description of research interests (three pages) as well as two confidential reference letters.

Job Closing Date 30/09/2019
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