Postdoctoral Fellowship positions in the High Energy Physics, Cosmology and Astrophysics Theory (HEPCAT) group at the University of Cape Town (UCT)

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The High Energy Physics, Cosmology & Astrophysics Theory (HEPCAT) group in the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics at the University of Cape Town (UCT) invites two postdoctoral fellowship applications starting in 2021. 

The HEPCAT group was established around the South African Research Chair in Physical Cosmology held by Amanda Weltman. Group members research a wide range of theoretical physics, cosmology and astrophysics problems, focusing on connecting observation and theory. 

Faculty members:

Shajid Haque, Julien Larena, Jeff Murugan, Jonathan Shock and Amanda Weltman


  • We will consider candidates with a range of interests related to cosmology, gravity and high energy theory, emphasising research within Fast Radio Burst cosmology/astrophysics, intensity mapping, multi-messenger astrophysics, practical field theory and using Machine Learning techniques in physics and astrophysics.
  •  Applicants must have a track record of accomplishment and independence in their research. 
  • The appointment must comply with the University’s approved policies, procedures and practices for the postdoctoral sector and is subject to the rules and approval of the University of Cape Town and the National Research Foundation of South Africa.
  •  The appointment is for two years at the outset, with a possible extension of one year subject to satisfactory progress. A PhD in Physics, Applied Mathematics or Astronomy is required.
  • Postdoctoral experience is a bonus; however, the candidate needs to be within five years from the date of PhD at the start of the position and may not have held a full-time permanent academic or professional post.

Application Requirements

  • Interested candidates should send a CV, a research proposal (2-3 pages), as well as three letters of recommendation to, using: YOURNAME, Postdoc 2021
  • Candidates screening will commence in April 2021 and continue until the positions are filled.
  • All questions should be sent to Melissa at

The University of Cape Town reserves the right to:  

  • disqualify ineligible, incomplete and inappropriate applications
  • change the conditions of award or to make no awards at all


The postdoc funding level is USD 27,570 (R400 000) per annum, tax-free. 

Additional support is available for equipment and travel funding as appropriate.

There are additional opportunities to perform joint work across all group research areas, including amplitudes in astrophysics, machine learning and theoretical cosmology more broadly. There will also be opportunities to join external collaborations, including  MeerKAT, IAXO and the HIRAX experiment.

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