Weekly Round-Up Of Opportunities In The African Space Industry

Weekly Round-Up Of Opportunities Within The African Space Industry (7)

Our Friday weekly round-up curates opportunities (listed on opportunities.africanews.space) that are still open for application. The Opportunities portal aggregates job vacancies, internships, scholarships, calls for abstracts, fellowships, contests, exchange programmes and other opportunities that are available for Africans who are interested in space science and technology. Simply put, it’s an aggregator for space and astronomy-related opportunities for Africans.

Have you missed any opportunities this week? Check out the weekly round-up below:

Apply For A Doctoral Scholarship In Theoretical Cosmology

Highly motivated black South African students who aspire to become research academics are invited to apply to study towards a PhD in Astrophysics and Cosmology of Extended Theories of Gravity under the supervision of Professor Peter Dunsby.

The scholarship has a value of R220 000 per annum to cover fees and living costs. Also, each scholar will receive R22 000 for computer equipment and research travel annually.

To apply for this scholarship opportunity, send the following documents via email to Mrs Tanya Hannival (tanya.hannival@uct.ac.za):

  • A complete CV including any previous research outputs and/ or thesis if any.
  • A motivation letter explaining why you want to enter this programme, and a brief description of your research interests.
  • Certified copy of ID.
  • Certified copies of all academic transcripts and degree certificates.
  • Three recommendation letters to be sent separately to Mrs Hannival.

Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed and expected to deliver a 20-minute oral presentation on a topic of their choice.

An application that does not comply with the above requirements will not be considered.

Deadline: 15th of November, 2019. 

Click Apply For A Doctoral Scholarship In Theoretical Cosmology to apply and get further information.


Mullard Space Science Laboratory calls For An Associate Professor In Exoplanets

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an Associate Professor position in the field of Exoplanets within the Astrophysics Group at the Department of Space and Climate Physics (Mullard Space Science Laboratory), UCL.

The successful applicant will be expected to pursue a vigorous research programme to boost the fast-growing exoplanet research environment at MSSL. This includes a strong involvement in ESA’s PLATO satellite mission and a new exoplanet research group led by Dr Vincent Van Eylen, as well as a strong Solar System research component. Also, ESA’s Ariel mission is led by the Physics & Astronomy department at UCL.

Applicants should have internationally leading research records, and we are particularly interested in candidates who can maximize the scientific return from our substantial involvement in PLATO. The candidate will also fulfil a teaching responsibility at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Salary: £54,131 to £59,135 per annum

Deadline: 2nd December 2019.

Click Mullard Space Science Laboratory calls For An Associate Professor In Exoplanets to apply and get further information.


Apply For A Position in Astrophysics At Geneva Observatory

A PhD position in observational astrophysics is available at the Geneva Observatory (University of Geneva), in the “Galaxies and the Universe” research group. The position is for 4 years, starting in early 2020.

The Geneva Observatory and the associated Laboratory of Astrophysics of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne carry out observational, interpretative and theoretical research in the fields of extra-solar planets, stellar physics, high energy astrophysics, galaxy evolution and dynamics, and observational cosmology.

Candidates are encouraged to send their application before November 4th, 2019, including a CV, motivation letter, list of MSc courses and grades in a single pdf file in an email with the subject “PhD Geneva” to Annalisa De Cia (annalisa.decia@unige.ch). An MSc in Physics or Astrophysics is required. The applications will be evaluated according to scientific excellence and striving to offer equal opportunities.

Deadline: Application closes on the 4th of November 2019. 

Click Apply For A Position in Astrophysics At Geneva Observatory to apply and get further information.


Work with Northumbria University As A Professor/ Associate Professor In Physics

The Faculty of Engineering and Environment of Northumbria University is passionate about the principles and applications of Science and Technology in all its forms and strives to be excellent in research, teaching, and innovation. The University is, therefore, receiving applications for the position of a Professor/ Associate professor in Physics.

The faculty is interested in hearing from candidates with cross-disciplinary strengths in energy devices, optics/ photonics, smart materials or solar-system science. 

As a senior Academic colleague, the candidate will assist the Faculty Pro-Vice-Chancellor to maintain, enhance and improve the University’s national and international reputation in the academic field. He/she must demonstrate continuing academic attainment and achievement and provide academic leadership (of your subject and associated colleagues), through active contribution to the discipline, work of the Faculty and the University. This will include contributing to significant change within the practice, the discipline, profession and/or community at regional, national and international levels.

To be successful in this role, candidates will have externally recognized research outputs of quality that are internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigor, and demonstrable success in securing research funding. Candidates should also demonstrate academic leadership experience and strong standing with external bodies and networks in your field.

Deadline: 3rd of November, 2019.

Click Work with Northumbria University As A Professor/ Associate Professor In Physics to apply and get further information.



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