Our Friday weekly round-up curates opportunities that are still open for applications. 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:
Register To Participate In The Galileo Innovation Challenge In Africa
The European GNSS Agency is partnering with Ultrahack, the Finish Transport and Communications Agency (Traficom), and European Space Week to bring the Galileo Innovation Challenge happening on the 29th of November to 1st of December, 2019 at Erik Palménin Aukio 1, Helsinki. The Challenge will include individual challenges – the Accuracy Matters challenge from the GSA, “Can you identify interference?” challenge from DA-Group and a high accuracy GNSS in robotics challenge from u-blox.
The top three teams stand to win cash prizes, one-to-one coaching on preparing an application to the Finnish ESA Business Incubation Centre, where the value of the potential incubation amounts to EUR 75 000 EUR.
The winning teams will also get the opportunity to network with a selection of potential investors at European Space Week, which will be held at Helsinki Congress Paasitorni from 3-5 December.
Galileo Innovation Challenge brings together top mentors from the GNSS field, valuable prizes and a once-in-a-lifetime experience to embark on the Galileo era.
Date & Location: 29th of November to 1st of December, 2019 at Erik Palménin Aukio 1, Helsinki.
Registration Deadline: November 15, 2019, by 23:59 EET.
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Apply For A Postdoctoral Position In Cosmology With Radio Telescope
The Centre for Radio Cosmology (CRC) at the University of the Western Cape invites applications for a postdoctoral fellowship in the ﬁeld of cosmology with radio telescopes. Particular emphasis will be given to HI intensity mapping with MeerKAT (calibration, data analysis, and simulations), other areas will also be considered.
The selected candidate will work closely with Prof Mario Santos and Dr Phil Bull (Queen Mary University of London), who is a Visiting Researcher at UWC. The successful candidate will be encouraged to participate in regular visits to the Cosmology and Relativity Group at QMUL to work directly with Dr Bull, as well as Dr Alkistis Pourtsidou and the rest of the group. The CRC also has links with the South African SKA Project headquarters, the SAAO optical observatory, the University of Cape Town and the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), all within the University.
Applicants must hold a PhD by the anticipated start date and should preferably have obtained the degree less than ﬁve years ago. The appointment will be for 2 years plus a one-year extension subject for satisfactory progress. The nominal start date is September 2020, although other dates can be negotiated (earlier is preferred). The value of the fellowship will be pegged at the standard SARAO post-doctoral bursary level and adjusted annually for inﬂation. The 2020 level is ZAR 414,000 p.a., tax-free. An additional travel and equipment grant will be provided. The compensation package will also include a supplement to cover local expenses in London.
Deadline: December 20, 2019.
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Apply For A Postdoctoral Position In Astronomy And Astro-tourism For Development At The University of Namibia
The University of Namibia (UNAM) seeks a resourceful, innovative PhD astronomer with experience and motivation in public outreach, education and development activities. This postdoctoral position, with a specific focus on Astro-tourism for development, is supported by an award from the UK Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) to the University of Oxford. This GCRF project aims to develop human capacity in Namibia across the areas of science, education, and astronomy-related tourism.
This position will entail sustainably diversifying Astro-tourism to ensure economic benefit spreads to previously disadvantaged sectors of Namibian society. This will entail working across government, non-governmental organisations and development agencies with support from UNAM, Oxford and the Office of Astronomy for Development.
The post has a gross salary of NAD 346,950 per annum with healthcare and social benefits included. It will be based at UNAM main campus, with funds available for travel to international meetings and collaboration with the OAD and other regional centres. The position is available immediately and will run until 31 March 2021.
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