SARAO is Hiring an Operations Astronomer


The South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) is recruiting an Operations Astronomer on a permanent contract to its facility at Krugersdorp, Gauteng. The successful applicant will be responsible for operating the single dish and VLBI operations, conducting research and supervising junior researchers.

Key Responsibilities
  • Scheduling daily single-dish operations and maintaining calibration activities;
  • Single dish instrumentation and techniques by designing, testing and integrating the replacement spectral-line correlator;
  • VLBI operations by assisting with both Astronomical (primarily) and Geodetic (secondarily) VLBI Operations;
  • Supervision and training post-graduate Astronomy Students and post-doctoral researchers;
  • Conduct Scientific research and foster scientific collaboration; and
  • Publish peer-reviewed articles and publish and present them in a non-peer-reviewed environment.
Key Requirements
  • PhD in Physics, Astronomy or related field;
  • Three years’ post-doctoral experience in observations in astronomy;
  • Proven record of publications in refereed journals; and
  • Astronomy publication record.
  • Lecturing experience;
  • Experience in reducing Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) / single-disk data; and
  • Experience programming in C / Python
  • Knowledge of Radio telescope operations experience; and
  • Knowledge of astronomy software development.
Additional Notes
  • Attention to detail;
  • Ability to plan and organise relevant activities and operations;
  • Good communication skills;
  • Fluent in English;
  • Extensive IT skills; and
  • Scientific writing;
How to Apply

Applicants should submit a comprehensive CV by registering here to apply online by 25 January 2024. Applications should be accompanied by a letter of motivation indicating the applicant’s suitability for the position. The names and contact details of at least three referees should be provided.

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