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:

2 Post Doctoral Opportunities Available at SANSA; Apply

The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) has the following opportunities within the Space Science Programme situated in Hermanus, Western Cape to be filled by individuals with the relevant skills, drive, competencies, and qualifications. The Space Science Programme includes space science research, ground-based monitoring infrastructure, operational space weather, technology development, and applications. SANSA is seeking hardworking and dynamic South African citizens to fill the following positions (two positions are available) based in Hermanus Western Cape.

 The ideal candidates will have:

  • A PhD obtained within the last 3 years (or will be submitting their PhD thesis for examination before Feb 2020)
  • PhD should be in space physics-related field or is a support field to space physics (such as Computer Science or Applied Mathematics)
  • Preference will be given to candidates who would like to pursue space weather research for their postdoctoral projects in areas such as navigation and/or communication applications, and radiation exposure due to space weather events
  • Independent computer programming skills with a preference for Python
  • The ability to work independently and as part of the team

The candidate should be:

  • A South African citizen.
  • Available to start the contract before 1 April 2020.

Duties (not limited to this list): 

  • Research in a space weather research-related field
  • Data Analysis and Modelling
  • Publications
  • Intern mentoring
  • Contract research
  • Science Advancement

Projects will be tailored to individuals, depending on skills and interest and are not limited to any specific topic mentioned. However, they must fit into the space science thematic areas.

Communication will only be conducted with short-listed candidates. If applicants do not get any feedback within 4 weeks of the closing date, they must assume that their applications were unsuccessful.

SANSA reserves the right to not make an appointment.

Closing date: 26 February 2020

Click here to apply and get further information.

Apply For The 2020 IAU Outreach Visitor Program

The 2020 International Astronomical Union (IAU) outreach visitor program is looking for individuals with a background in astronomy or related sciences for its 2020 Outreach visitor program at Tokyo, Japan for 2-3 months.

The opportunity is a chance to increase communication skills in digital media platforms, writing scientific content for specific audiences, and project management for interested participants.

Funding Application

Accommodation, Flight & Daily Allowance.


  • Provide the IAU outreach programmes with input from people specialised in various fields;
  • Expose and engage visitors to the work at the IAU Office for Astronomy Outreach, based in Tokyo, Japan;
  • Provide a program for visitors from diverse academic backgrounds that can enhance their education and professional experience through practical assignments and experience;

Individuals who have a background in astronomy and communication are encouraged o apply by pitching an idea or how you will like to support IAU outreach, the team, and the community.

Additionally, visitors will have to be able to work independently and possess good teamwork and interpersonal skills while working with multi-cultural teams. Applicants will need to be 20 years or over as well as be good English speakers.

Application schedule

The submission of applications is open. Answers will be given to applicants within two weeks of their application.

Click here to apply and get further information.

Postdoctoral Research Position on Distant Star-Forming Galaxies Available at Geneva Observatory

The group of Prof. Daniel Schaerer at the Geneva Observatory in Geneva, Switzerland, announces the availability of a research position at the postdoctoral level, open to applicants of all nationalities.

The successful candidate will work on projects studying star-forming galaxies in the distant Universe, involving multi-wavelength observations and/or modelling. He/she may in particular work with observations from VLT, HST, Spitzer, ALMA, and JWST, using data from approved and upcoming projects such as high-z spectroscopic surveys with the VLT (e.g. VANDELS), follow-up of the ALMA Large Program to investigate galaxies at Early
times (ALPINE), studies of Lyman continuum emitters, or other observations of emission-line galaxies. He/she will also have access to state-of-the-art modelling tools including radiation transfer, spectral modelling, and other codes. The candidate will work with the group of Prof. Daniel Schaerer in Geneva and within international collaborations.

The Geneva Observatory and the associated Laboratory of Astrophysics of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) carry out observational, interpretative and theoretical research in the fields of extra-solar planets, stellar physics, high energy astrophysics, galaxy evolution, and observational cosmology.

The appointment will be for one to three years, starting in September-October 2020 (negotiable). It is renewable.

Closing Date:1st March 2020

Click here to apply and get further information.

Max Planck Institute for Astronomy Calls for Interim Coordinator for the Office of Astronomy for Education

The Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA) in Heidelberg invites applications for an Interim Coordinator for the Office of Astronomy for Education.

The OAE will support and coordinate astronomy education by astronomy researchers and educators, aimed at primary or secondary schools, world-wide. The OAE will organise an international network of astronomy education stakeholders, organise 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.

Together with the international communities of astronomy researchers and educators, the OAE is tasked with:
• bridging the gap between astronomy education research (AER) and education practice, by making the results of AER accessible to education practitioners
• developing high-quality astronomy education resources
• evaluating both specific resources and methods of teaching astronomy, encouraging and qualifying the wider astronomical community in evaluation techniques
• creating and supporting the creation of concept inventories that allow the evaluation of students learning about astronomy
• identifying best-practice resources and methods for teaching astronomy in general, and for specific aspects of teaching astronomy (e.g. observing with remote telescopes, working with authentic astronomical data, teaching specific sub-topics of astronomy, issues of accessibility and inclusion as well as of diversity).

The position holder should have an advanced degree (Master, Diploma, PhD) in astronomy, extensive knowledge of the field, experience with international scientific collaborations in the field of astronomy, proficient knowledge of English, and practical experience in astronomy EPO (education and public outreach).

The position has a preferred starting date of  February 15, 2020. The remuneration is based on the German collective wage agreement for the public sector (TVöD) depending on qualification and experience in level E13. Social benefits are granted according to the regulations for public service. Interested candidates should send a curriculum vitae and a brief statement outlining their interest and past activities in astronomy education and public outreach by January 31, 2020.  The duration of the contract is 12 months.

Deadline: January 31, 2020.

Click Max Planck Institute for Astronomy Calls for Interim Coordinator for the Office of Astronomy for Education to apply and get further information.

Apply To Attend The National Workshop on Application of Space Research and Technology In Africa

The National Workshop on Application of Space Research and Technology in Africa aims at sharing knowledge and experiences on applications of space research and technology in agriculture among academics, agriculturists, space practitioners, and policymakers interested in the application of space-dependent technology in advancing agriculture towards enhancing food security.

The workshop is organised by the Centre for Atmospheric Research, National Space Research & Development Agency, Anyigba, and the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Nigeria, Nsukka. It will be held at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu State from the 4th-7th May 2020.

Workshop Objectives

  • Showcase various advances in the application of space-dependent technology in agriculture
  • Educate the participants on various areas they could conduct researches as relates to space sciences and technology in agriculture
  • Determine the various areas in which space technology can benefit agriculture and government decision-making in Africa
  • Facilitate participants to develop initial thoughts on a work plan for conducting applications of space research and technology in agriculture.

Paper/Abstract Submission
The abstract should be written in MS Word and not more than 300 words with 1.5 spacing. Unless extremely important, referencing is not required in the abstract and must be submitted in English Language only. The authors should please provide a maximum of 5 keywords.

Target Audience and Application for participation:
Participation shall be by invitation only to successful candidates. Applications are invited from academics, policy-makers, agriculturists, and practitioners with a keen interest in the application of space research and technology to agriculture towards food security.

Key Dates for the Workshop:
Deadline for application and submission abstract is 11.59 pm local time on 31st March 2020

  • Day 1: Arrival
  • Day 2: Opening/Morning/Afternoon sessions Cocktail
  • Day 3: Morning/Afternoon sessions Workshop Dinner
  • Day 4: Departure

Venue of the Workshop:
The Workshop will be held within the premises of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN).  UNN is accessible from anywhere in Nigeria. All selected and invited participants will receive an information package with details on travel and other local arrangements.

Click Apply To Attend The National Workshop on Application of Space Research and Technology In Africa to apply and get further information. 

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