Weekly Round-Up Of Opportunities Within The African Space Industry

Our Friday weekly round-up curates opportunities listed on opportunities.africanews.space that are currently 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 opportunity 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 Attend The National Aeronautics and Space Administration ARSET Online Training Session

This webinar series will build on the knowledge and skills previously developed in the ARSET (Applied remote Sensing Training) SAR (synthetic aperture radar) training session. Presentations and demonstrations will focus on agriculture and flood applications.

Participants will learn to characterise floods with Google Earth Engine. They will also learn to analyse synthetic aperture radar (SAR) for agricultural applications, including retrieving soil moisture and identifying crop types.

  • Course Format: 
    This webinar series will consist of two parts, each two hours long:
    – Monitoring Flood Extent with Google Earth Engine
    – Exploiting SAR to Monitor Agriculture.
    Each part will include a presentation on the theory of the topic, followed by a demonstration and exercise for attendees.

    Deadline: Registration closes on Tuesday August 27, 2019

Click Register To Attend The National Aeronautics and Space Administration ARSET Online Training Session to apply and get further information

Apply For The Position Of Director For Research In WASCAL

The West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL)  is looking for a Director for Research to consolidate its position as a regional research partner institution, to expand into new areas of work, lead the Competence Centre and develop the Research Team. The position is based at WASCAL’s Competence Centre in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

Job Summary

Under the supervision of the Executive Director, the Director of Research will make the necessary linkages between the different poles of the WASCAL research programme and external research partners, particularly the national, regional and international research institutions.  The Director of Research will also lead the staff of the WASCAL Competence Centre in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

Desired Skills and Experience

  • A doctoral degree in life sciences, climate change, geosciences, economics or socio-economics.
  • At least 5 years of research experience in a research institution, with specific experience in leading interdisciplinary scientific teams, senior research management and coordination of research and development activities;
  • Extensive experience in acquisition of research funds from national and international donors, as well as administrative and financial management of research programmes;
  • A track record of significant scientific achievements and demonstrated success in raising funds from national and international donors.

Deadline: Applications will be accepted until August 30, 2019.

Click Apply For The Position Of Director For Research In WASCAL to apply and get further information

ICPAC Calls For Applications To The Satellite And Weather Information For Disaster Resilience In Eastern Africa Project

The IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC) has received financing from the African Development Bank in Euros towards the cost of the Satellite and Weather Information for Disaster Resilience in Eastern Africa (SAWIDREA) project. It intends to apply part of the agreed amount for this grant to payments under the contracts for the Consultancy Service.

The Consulting service included under this project is a Consultancy for setting up of flood forecasting and risk management pilot demonstration, mobilisation and capacity building for local communities in the Juba region of Somalia

The ICPAC, which is the Project Implementing Agency, now invites eligible consultants to indicate their interest in providing these services. Interested consultants must provide information indicating that they are qualified to perform the services (brochures, description of similar assignments, experience in similar conditions, availability of appropriate skills among staff, etc).


Expressions of interest must be delivered by August 23, 2019 at 1:00 pm

Click ICPAC Calls For Applications To The Satellite And Weather Information For Disaster Resilience In Eastern Africa Project to apply and get further information

DST-CSIR Calls For Application To Its 2020 Inter-Bursary Support Programme

South Africa’s Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) and the country’s Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) invite applications for a bursary under the DST-CSIR Inter-Bursary Support (IBS) Programme grant scheme. The IBS postgraduate bursary is intended to finance full-time studies at any South African public University. 

For master’s degree or doctoral applicants, the bursary support is restricted to the following research areas:

  • Aerospace
  • Biotechnology (bio-farming, bio-processing or bio-catalysis)
  • Composites
  • Health
  • Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS)
  • Information and Communications Technology
  • Modelling and digital sciences
  • Microsystems technology
  • Photonics
  • Titanium (manufacturing of elements thereof)

Value of the Bursary award per annum

  • Honours: R 75,000
  • Master’s Degree: R 100,000
  • PhD: R 130,000

Age Restriction 

The eligible age for applicants is between 20 and 32 years of age.

Deadline: September 30, 2019

Click DST-CSIR Calls For Application To Its 2020 Inter-Bursary Support Programme to apply and get further information

The South African Square Kilometer Array Seeks Creative Partners For New Campaign

The SARAO Commercialisation Unit is starting an exciting campaign to partner with designers and artists who will use the images generated from MeerKAT and other radio astronomy instruments to produce artworks and other merchandise.

The theme of the project is “astronomy, science and technology meet heritage”, an African representation of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM), in the form of a fashion collection which includes shoes, accessories and other forms of art.

The designs and craft that will come from this initiative should be able to communicate science in a creative form of art without any restrictions to the artist. The designers and artists who eventually partner with SARAO will have an opportunity to grow their marketing platforms and receive exposure to other international organizations affiliated with SARAO. Therefore, SARAO is requesting a proposal from designers and artists to produce merchandise inspired by SARAO’s images.

Any product that brings the organisation into disrepute, such as adult entertainment and military applications, are prohibited.

Deadline11:00 am, September 9, 2019. 

Click The South African Square Kilometre Array Seeks Creative Partners For New Campaign to apply and get further information

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