Joint Research Chair – Cosmology with Multiwavelength Data

AIMS, together with the University of the Western Cape (UWC) and the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO), has been awarded one of the recently announced  60 South African Research Chairs as part of the ongoing major investment in optical/IR and radio astronomy in South Africa, centred on the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT:, MeerKAT and the SKA (

We are looking for an experienced researcher with an international reputation who has the vision and enthusiasm to build a program of world-class research and training that spans the three host institutions and can help us take cosmology to the next level in South Africa.

These prestigious chairs provide very generous funding for the chair’s salary, postdoctoral and postgraduate researchers and general research costs which can be further supplemented by additional grant funding. There is no undergraduate teaching and no administrative duties since the focus of the chair is on research, postgraduate development, outreach and group-building.

The chair will join the highly active astronomy and cosmology research groups in the beautiful city of Cape Town, and will contribute to science exploitation of SALT, MeerKAT and the SKA. Potential applicants are welcome to contact Roy Maartens – himself a South African Research Chair holder ( – or other relevant faculty at UWC (, SAAO ( or AIMS ( with any inquiries.

Consideration of applications will begin on 30 April 2012 and the position will remain open until filled. Please send a CV (including publications) and a research plan, and the names and email addresses of 3 referees, to

Please let interested candidates know and feel free to contact us if you are interested!

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