Weekly Round-Up Of Space And Astronomy Opportunities For Africans

Our Friday weekly round-up curates opportunities 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 to Africans who are interested in space and astronomy. 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 Space Mission Design Training 

The Space Mission Design Training organized by Open Cosmos, Space Generation Advisory Council, Eureka Geo, OpenStreetMap Cameroun, Gimerc Consulting and Waterforlife Cameroon is coming up on the 24-29 February 2020. The workshop will serve as an introduction to the key concepts of space mission design. Participants will learn some of the theoretical concepts relevant to satellite missions and have the ability to apply these concepts via several hands-on exercises.

The following set of people are invited to attend:

  • People working on satellite applications or using space data,
  • People thinking of using satellite technology for their applications,
  • Startup entrepreneurs thinking of using space data,
  • Startup, entrepreneurs thinking of designing space instruments,
  • Anyone interested in the basics of space mission design.

The application form must consist of your curriculum vitae and the completed form.

Participants are advised to bring their own laptops.

 Click Register To Participate In The Space Mission Design Training to apply and get further information.

Registration Open For The International Summer School On GNSS

The International Summer School on Global Satellite Navigation Systems(GNSS) 2020, which will take place from the 7th to the 12th of September, at Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology (TUMSAT) – Japan. Candidates who are interested in participating can apply for a scholarship that will cover expenses for the ticket (round trip), accommodation and course fee, until the next 17th of February.

Registration is open to beginners with a master’s level (preferably those who specialize in electronics or Information and Communication Technologies), young researchers and instructors involved in the GNSS field.

To apply for the scholarship, it is necessary to have the following scanned documents:

  • CV
  • Graduation certificate;
  • Transcription with the student’s records;
  • English skill certificate (TOEFL, IELTS or TOEIC score);
  • Recommendations from two responsible persons;
  • Details of your institute (responsible person, etc.);

The results will be informed to the candidates by e-mail by the end of April.

The event is organized by the Faculty of Marine Technology (TUMSAT), co-organized by the Japan Positioning, Navigation and Moment Institute (IPNTJ) and sponsored by the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST).

Click Registration Open For The International Summer School On GNSS to apply and get further information


Chief Scientist Needed At The South African National Space Agency

The Earth Observation Programme situated in Pretoria, Gauteng is looking for an individual with the relevant skills, drive, competencies, qualifications and who puts the interests of the nation first, has a commercial mind-set, thinks as our customers, knowledge-driven and people-centric.

Reporting to the Managing Director, the successful candidate will provide appropriate Earth observation research direction and capability for SANSA’s Earth Observation Programme, while setting and driving a national EO research agenda, undertaking cutting edge research and managing all aspects of the Research & Applications Development Unit (RAD).

Responsibilities will include but not limited to:

  • Drive and facilitate the establishment of the national EO research agenda.
  • Direct and support researchers at SANSA and postgraduate students.
  • Identify funding opportunities and national and international collaboration opportunities.
  • Provide scientific expertise to SANSA’s sensor portfolio and satellite mission planning.
  • Supervise/lecture student groups to create Space Science pipeline.
  • Organize conferences and workshops to share cutting edge research.
  • People management within the assigned unit.
  • Implementation of strategic and/ or operational decisions pertaining to the area of responsibility.
  • Drive change management.

The ideal candidate will have the following requirements:

  • Ph.D. in Remote Sensing, Geographical Information Systems, with a minimum of 10 years’ research leadership experience
  • An excellent international research track record that includes peer-reviewed publications, student supervision (Ph.D. level) and successful research grants (funded proposals)
  • International recognition and a National Research Foundation rating is a requirement.

Closing date:  21 February 2020

Click Chief Scientist Needed At The South African National Space Agency to apply and get further information.


Climate Information Expert Needed For The Intra-ACP Climate Services and Related Applications

The Intra-ACP Climate Services and Related Applications Support to IGAD/ICPAC is a direct grant award by the 11th European Development Fund to support the climate information services value chain in the IGAD region with technical and financial assistance, and infrastructure and capacity building to improve wide access and use of climate information, and to enable and encourage the generation and use of climate services and applications for decision-making processes at all levels.

Objectives of the position
The objective of the assignment is to increase the efficiency in the delivery of climate
services. This includes improving dissemination methods and quality of climate
information and early warnings through adequate channels, to relevant audiences,
including advocacy for efficient climate services, translating climate science to policy
and tailoring different products and services to the users.

Tasks and responsibilities
• Work with the climate applications and communication sections of the Centre to contribute to the development and provision of climate early warning advisory services to users.
• Assist in establishing an institutionalized interface with user-sectors for effective co-development and uptake of climate information services.
• Assist the Centre in communicating success stories and research results, including the preparation of public awareness materials.
• Assist in consolidating and developing the Centre’s position on climate variability
and change and accordingly develop and disseminate advocacy message based
on evidence and research, whenever necessary…

Required Qualifications and Experience
• At least a Masters Degree in Atmospheric Science or Meteorology from a recognized University;
• A minimum of five years’ experience in the delivery of climate services in a national or regional institution,
• Experience in disseminating weather and climate information and early warning advisories for Resilience
• Excellent understanding of the needs of disaster risk management institutions in the region
• Working experience with National and Regional Climate and Meteorological Institutions

Work Station
The Project Climate Information Expert will be based within the greater Nairobi
Metropolitan Area, Ngong, Kibiku.

Deadline:  21st February 2020 by 1300HRS EAT

Click Climate Information Expert Needed For The Intra-ACP Climate Services and Related Applications to apply and get further information

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