Weekly Round-Up Of Opportunities Within The African Space Industry

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 to. Simply put, it’s an opportunity 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 Basic Training Programme Development in Africa with Radio Astronomy (DARA) 2019-20

The Jodrell Bank Center for Astrophysics at the University of Manchester has a vacancy for a Research Associate working on the Square Kilometer Array. The work is funded through a UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship to develop Real Time Analysis (RTA) techniques for the Square Kilometre Array and the Large Hadron Collider Beauty experiment. You will be expected to work initially on transient classification and anomaly detection techniques to efficiently process SKA data products and reduce time-to-insight.


The position requires a Ph.D. or equivalent in astronomy, astrophysics or related areas. You will have experience in SKA science drivers, software development and machine learning. Experience in SKA and/or SKA precursor instrument data processing pipelines is desirable. The position will be initially for two years.

Deadline: This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date which is 5th of August, 2019. 

Click Apply for Basic Training Programme Development in Africa with Radio Astronomy (DARA) 2019-20 to apply and get more information


Job Opening: Senior Lecturer in Astrophysics at BIUST

Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST), Faculty of Sciences, Department of Physics and Astronomy calls on candidates to apply for a job opening as a Senior Lecturer in Astrophysics. The position will be based at BIUST Campus, Palapye, Botswana.

Qualifications and Experience

  • A PhD in Physics with a focus on Astrophysics
  • A minimum of two (2) years’ experience (after obtaining a PhD degree) in teaching and research at the university level. However, two years of relevant industrial/professional experience shall be equivalent to one year of teaching experience.
  • At least 8 publications in reputable refereed journals.
  • Research or technology development related to Radio Astronomy will be considered an added advantage.
  • Supervision of postgraduate students will be considered an added advantage.


The University offers an attractive package commensurate with qualifications and experience. The position is offered on a fixed-term contract of five (5) years/ pensionable terms.

Deadline: 30th August 2019

Click on Senior Lecturer in Astrophysics at BIUST to apply and get more information

Culture Heritage Moon Calls for Paper

The European Space Policy Institute (ESPI), the European Centre for Space Law (ECSL), and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) invite students and young professionals worldwide to submit a paper on “Protection of cultural heritage sites on the Moon”.

It is strongly encouraged that the article only focuses on one issue, rather than try to discuss a number of issues. This will allow the paper to adhere to the word limit while still offering an in-depth study. Beyond this limitation, participants are free to choose their subject as all inspiring or well-written papers will be accumulated and published

Deadline: 30 September 2019 (CET, 23:30h)

Click on Culture Heritage Moon Calls for Paper  to apply and read submission guidelines


Call for Abstracts: SpaceOps2020 Abstract Submission Now Open!

SpaceOps 2020, hosted by SANSA, will provide the opportunity for you to share experiences, challenges, and innovative solutions with colleagues from around the world. This conference aims to bring together the global space operations community to address state-of-the-art operations principles, methods and tools.

Topics for submission:
Mission Design and Management (MDM)
Operations Concepts (OC)
Flight Execution (FE)
Ground Systems Engineering (GSE)
Data Management (DM)
Planning and Scheduling (PS)
Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC)
Communications Architectures and Networks (CAN)
Human Spaceflights and Operations (HSO)
Cross Support, Interoperability, and Standards (CSIS)
Human Factors, Training and Knowledge Transfer (HFT)
Space Transportation System (STO)
Artificial Intelligence for Space Operations (AI)
Cyber Security for Space Operations (CYB)
Safety and Sustainability of Space Operations (SSU)
Beyond Boundaries in Human Endeavour (BBO)

Abstracts must be written in English and the length should not exceed 1200 words. Tables or drawings are not allowed in the abstract.

Deadline: No later than 23:00 UTC on 16 August 2019. 

Click on Call for Abstracts: SpaceOps2020 Abstract Submission to apply and get more information

Call for Applications: 2020 OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards

The call for submission of applications is now opened for the OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards for Early-Career Women Scientists in the Developing World, a high-profile award that honours the scientific and career achievements of women from developing countries. Applications for the 2020 awards will be accepted until 29 August 2019 for early-career women who have made significant contributions in the fields of Engineering and Technology. Evidence of innovation will be considered favourably.


The applicant must be a female scientist who has received her PhD within the previous ten years. The eligible subject fields for the 2020 awards include:

  • Civil engineering
  • Electrical engineering, electronic engineering
  • Telecommunications/information engineering / Software engineering
  • Computer science
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Chemical engineering
  • Materials engineering
  • Medical engineering
  • Environmental engineering
  • Environmental biotechnology
  • Industrial biotechnology
  • Nanotechnology

Deadline: 29 August 2019

Click on 2020 OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards  to apply and get more information 


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