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:

Internship Opportunity Available At Henri Poincaré Junior Program of Côte d’Azur Observatory

The Henri Poincaré Junior Program of Côte d’Azur Observatory is proposing internships for international students wishing to perform scientific training in one of the laboratories of the observatory. The laureates will receive up to 2200 euros for a training period of 2 months or more during the second half of 2020.

Application Conditions

Applicants must be a student in Master 2 or Ph.D. (or equivalent) and from a country where astrophysical and Earth sciences are in development. Interested students should contact an OCA researcher in their discipline who prepares and files the application. This application is electronic and should include the latex application form filled (and converted to PDF, can be downloaded by clicking on “Téléchargements” in the previous link), a CV (shorter than 2 pages) and up to two letters of recommendation. Applications should be submitted to poincarejunior@oca.eu

Privileged research areas

Internships may be sought in any research field of the OCA, from astrophysics to geophysics representing a vast array of research opportunities:

  • Earth and space sciences, Earth-Ocean-Space interfaces:
    Geodynamics, geochronology, geomechanics, marine geosciences, mechanical faults and earthquakes, imagery, modeling, natural hazards and vulnerabilities, space geodesy, laser ranging, transfer time.
    Contact: Géoazur department
  • Astrophysics, fluid dynamics, and signal processing:
    Origin of planetary systems, exoplanets, interferometry, coronography, instrumentation, galactic archeology, solar and stellar physics, cosmology, dark matter, inverse problems and image reconstruction, turbulence in fluids and plasmas, digital high-performance computing, modeling.
    Contact: Lagrange departmentTeams
  • Multi-messengers astrophysics, gravitational waves:
    Gravitational waves, astrophysics non-photonics, compact objects, coalescing black holes, neutron stars, gravitation, research and development, quantum optics, stabilization of lasers, laser metrology, optical cavities of high fineness for energy storage, metrology.
    Contact: Artemis Department

Deadline: March 31, 2020

Click Internship Opportunity Available At Henri Poincaré Junior Program of Côte d’Azur Observatory to apply and get further information


IAC 2020 Extends Deadline For Abstract Submission

The International Astronautical Congress (IAC) is pleased to announce that the deadline for abstract submission has been extended until 6th March 2020 (23:59 CET) in response to numerous requests and due to the increased interest in #IAC2020.

The conference, taking place from 12-16 October 2020, will deliberate on contributing to humanity and science by strengthening and enhancing cooperation between all countries in the space sector under the theme: “Inspire, Innovate and Discover for the Benefit of Humankind”.

For individuals submitting abstracts, the conference presents outstanding opportunities for conference recognition, global networking and a chance to get published. All accepted abstracts will get published on IAC Proceedings, which are distributed to +6,500 congress delegates. Elsevier’s SCOPUS and COMPENDEX, the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, also index IAC Papers.

Furthermore, submitting an abstract allows you to be creative in visually sharing your presentation as either an oral or interactive presentation. It is an opportunity to present your work to a wide international audience, gain experience in giving talks, and earn recognition for their research progress.

 IAC will award prizes to the best 5 Interactive Presentations.

More information on the conference can be found http://www.iafastro.org/events/iac/iac-2020/  or on the conference’s websiteFacebook page, and Twitter feed.

New Deadline: March 6th, 2020

Please note that this is a firm deadline and there will be no further extension.

Click IAC 2020 Extends Deadline For Abstract Submission to apply and get further information.


5-year postdoctoral Position Available At IAU Office of Astronomy for Education

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) is the worldwide organization of professional astronomers and a key component of its activities is the use of astronomy in furthering education — both in astronomy itself and in the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) in general.  To this end, the IAU recently created the Office of Astronomy for Education (OAE), a joint venture with the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg, Germany. The OAE is based at Haus der Astronomie in Heidelberg.

The OAE’s mission is to support and coordinate astronomy education by astronomy researchers and educators, aimed at primary or secondary schools worldwide. The OAE will organize an international network of astronomy education stakeholders, organize groups of scientists to collaborate on creating certain educational resources, facilitate and undertake a systematic evaluation of existing resources, and work towards establishing international standards of quality control and evaluation in astronomy education. Additional information can be found on the OAE’s temporary website.

Haus der Astronomie is currently seeking to fill A 5-year postdoctoral position in astronomy education research at the Office of Astronomy for Education at the newly founded OAE:

The holder of which will serve as the OAE’s Astronomy Education Research Coordinator. The postholder will contribute to all OAE activities, in particular those that directly involve astronomy education or physics education research, and will take responsibility for suitable projects and sub-projects. Interested candidates should send a curriculum vitae, publication list, a brief statement of research interests, and the contact information for no fewer than two senior scientists willing to provide a recommendation, no later than 28 February 2020. Additional information about the position and the necessary qualifications, as well as a link to the online application portal, can be found

Applicants should:
• have a Ph.D. in astronomy education research (AER), physics education research (PER), or a Ph.D. in a related subject area and equivalent qualifications in AER/PER
• have practical and, if possible, research experience in evaluating astronomy education resources, activities, and teaching methods
• be thoroughly familiar with the accepted academic standards for evaluating education resources, activities, and teaching methods
• have experience in collaborating in an international academic environment; experiences with editing and publishing collaborative works are considered a plus

Deadline: 28 February 2020

Click 5-year postdoctoral Position Available At IAU Office of Astronomy for Education to apply and get further information.


Apply For The 2020 Astronomy Education Adventure in the Canary Islands

Núcleo Interactivo de Astronomia (NUCLIO) and Instituto de Astrofísica de Canárias (IAC) has joined hands to promote another edition of Education Adventure in the Canary Islands from 19th-24th of July 2020 at Tenerife (La Laguna), with this year’s main theme as Exoplanets. Individuals who want to discover a new planet around another star and can involve students in real research experiences are encouraged to apply.

Participants are also invited to participate in new research projects where the models to understand the Universe can be challenged. Adequate access to professional robotic telescopes, astrobiology and understand what it takes to discover life out there.

Who can apply?

The course is open to teachers of all grade levels and subject domains willing to dive into a real STEAM experience (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths). We believe that learning improves when students are embedded in interdisciplinary experiences and in environments that seamlessly integrate horizontal  (across subject domains) and vertical (across different grade levels) articulation.

A minimum of 10 participants is required for the course to take place. 

Preliminary Programme Topics

  • Visits to: the IAC Instrumentation area, Teide Observatory, with Sun and night sky observing sessions, and Roque de los Muchachos Observatory (optional)
  • Lectures by researchers on current topics related to exoplanets and their stars
  • Innovative Methodologies: Inquiry and project-based learning, interdisciplinary learning, etc.
  • Hands-on activities: homemade spectroscope
  • Digital tools and resources for research in the classroom: Stellarium, Salsa J, PeterSoft, Augmented Reality, etc.
  • Observing and processing images from robotic telescopes
  • Brainstorming sessions on how to integrate the presented projects in classrooms

Fees & Funding

The course fee is 70€/day and covers:

  • Participation in all seminars and courses
  • Coffee Breaks
  • Welcome Cocktail
  • Visits to the facilities at IAC headquarters and Teide Observatory
  • All necessary materials
  • Post-workshop support

The trip to La Palma is optional. The visit to the Observatory Roque de Los Muchachos is free. However, participants will have to cover their costs for the trip and lunch in La Palma.

Deadline for applications June 15th!

Click Apply For The 2020 Astronomy Education Adventure in the Canary Islands to apply and get further information.


Apply To Join The Airbus International Graduate Programme

The Airbus International Graduate Programme “IGP” is a two-year programme (28 months) which includes work experience in different divisions (Commercial Aircraft, Defence & Space and Helicopters) and countries where Airbus is based. This programme intends to foster transversal skills: several development modules to build on self-awareness, communication skills and knowledge of key drivers of change in business such as digitalization, innovation, and inclusion. Participants will receive and give continuous feedback throughout the programme.

This is a unique opportunity to broaden participant’s horizons and ideal preparation for moving into positions – in either a managerial or specialist capacity – with a significant degree of responsibility.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

  • 1 YEAR: first job assignment in-home function, division, and country.
  • 8 MONTHS: second job assignment in a different business area.
  • 8 MONTHS: third job assignment in a different business area.
  • FINAL: return to home function and country at the end of the progamme.

Tasks & Accountabilities

AIRBUS IGP 2020 includes positions in different departments. By applying to join the IGP you are first applying to the programme as a whole. You will be asked to give your preferences alongside the video interview stage of the selection process.

During the 2 years of the programme participants will be placed depending on the business needs, based on your profile. Your first job assignment will last for one year and the two following assignments will last about 8 months each, which will provide a great overview of Airbus. Roles with real accountability in challenging job assignments will be given and participants will get to know what it is like to work on the ‘shop floor’.  All the positions are challenging and with real accountability, this will allow participants to acquire a deep understanding of the business, gain exposure to people at all levels including senior management and build a network of contacts across the group.

A personal mentor who is at a senior level within the company and will be on hand to give regular guidance, feedback, and support for job assignments will be assigned to participants.

Required Skills

Airbus IGP is looking for +5 degree graduates or applicants with initial professional work experience between 1 year and a maximum of 3 years with a strong academic background in the following disciplines:

  • Engineering: Mechanical, Aerospace, Structural, Electrical, Electronic, Software, Systems, Control, Power and Thermal Engineering or related categories;
  • Manufacturing: Manufacturing Engineering, Production Engineering, Industrial Engineering and/or related subjects;
  • Computer science / IT
  • Business Related Subjects such as finance, law, HR, etc.

Deadline: Applications for the International Graduate Programme must be received by 13th March 2020.

Click Apply To Join The Airbus International Graduate Programme to apply and get further information.



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