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UKZN SCIENTIST FOR HIRAX INSTRUMENTATION (3 YEARS). The University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) is on a mission to expand the horizons of knowledge and inclusion in the realm of Astrophysics and Cosmology. As part of this pursuit, we’re seeking passionate individuals with expertise in radio astronomy instrumentation to join our team as HIRAX Instrumentation Research Scientists on a 3-year fixed-term appointment.

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UKZN SCIENTIST  Position Summary

  • Industry: Education & Training
  • Job Category: University and Academy
  • Location: Westville
  • Contract: Fixed Term Contract
  • Remuneration: Competitive package inclusive of benefits, tailored to the experience of the appointee
  • EE position: Yes

Job Description UKZN SCIENTIST 

At UKZN’s School of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science, we’re dedicated to pushing the boundaries of knowledge in Astronomy. The HIRAX project, a flagship international telescope initiative, marks a pivotal phase in our journey towards becoming a global hub for research in this field. We’re inviting applications from individuals with a background in Astrophysics and Cosmology, coupled with substantial experience in radio astronomy instrumentation.

Key Responsibilities UKZN SCIENTIST 

  • Contribute actively to the HIRAX instrumentation research and commissioning program
  • Engage in cutting-edge research activities within the School
  • Mentor and supervise postgraduate students in radio astronomy instrumentation
  • Potential involvement in teaching, administrative duties, and astronomy outreach activities

Minimum Requirements UKZN SCIENTIST 

  • A relevant PhD degree
  • Demonstrable research excellence in astronomy, evidenced by publications in esteemed journals and citations
  • A minimum of two years of postdoctoral research experience in radio astronomy instrumentation

Application Process UKZN SCIENTIST 

Applicants who meet the minimum requirements are encouraged to apply via the University Vacancies website here. For more insights into the HIRAX project and the Astrophysics Research Centre, visit HIRAX website and Astrophysics Research Centre website. Further inquiries can be directed to Professor K Moodley at


Q1. What is the HIRAX project and why is it significant?

Ans: The HIRAX project stands for Hydrogen Intensity and Real-time Analysis eXperiment, a flagship international telescope initiative based at UKZN. It aims to map the large-scale structure of the universe using radio waves emitted by hydrogen gas. This project is pivotal as it contributes to our understanding of the cosmos, including the distribution of matter and the evolution of galaxies.

Q2. What qualifications and experience are required for the position of HIRAX Instrumentation Research Scientist?

Applicants should hold a relevant PhD degree and demonstrate a strong research record in astronomy, particularly in radio astronomy instrumentation. A minimum of two years of postdoctoral research experience in this field is also necessary. The selected candidate will actively contribute to the HIRAX instrumentation research, engage in research activities, and supervise postgraduate students.

Q3. How can I apply for the HIRAX Instrumentation Research Scientist position?

Ans:Interested candidates meeting the minimum requirements can apply through the University Vacancies website. Further information about the HIRAX project and the Astrophysics Research Centre, along with contact details for inquiries, is available on the respective websites. Only applicants meeting the minimum requirements will be considered for an interview.


The University of KwaZulu-Natal’s endeavor to position itself as an international center of research in Astrophysics and Cosmology is embodied through the HIRAX project. With a commitment to Employment Equity and fostering diversity, UKZN invites passionate individuals to join as HIRAX Instrumentation Research Scientists. This opportunity not only offers a platform to contribute to cutting-edge research in radio astronomy instrumentation but also provides a chance to shape the future of astrophysical exploration. Apply now and embark on a journey of discovery and innovation with UKZN, where the mysteries of the universe await exploration.

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