China—South Africa Joint Postdoctoral fellowship on Cosmology and Radio astronomy

The key laboratory of computational astrophysics in National Astronomical Observatory of China (NAOC), and the Astrophysics and Cosmology Research Unit in University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) invites application for a few joint postdoctoral research fellows in various subjects of astrophysics with emphasis on radio astronomy, cosmology and large-scale structure simulation. The postdoctoral fellowship is within the scheme of South Africa—China collaboration in astronomy and NAOC—UKZN Computational Astrophysics Centre (NUCAC), and will aim to use the large survey projects developing in the two countries to do research. The positions with different research foci are listed below.


Research areas

Possible projects/research topics to involve

 SA collaborators

China collaborators

Intergalactic Medium, Large-scale structure

FAST, 21CMA, LSST, ACT, Planck, Parkes, GBT, Chandra, XMM-Newton, and XARM

Matt Hilton, Yin-Zhe Ma, Kavilan Moodley (UKZN), Mario Santos, Romeel Dave (UWC)

Houjun Mo, Wei Cui (Tsinghua),

Hu Zhan (NAOC), Xi Kang(PMO), Xuelei Chen (NAOC), Taotao Fang (Xia-Men)

21-cm cosmology


Yin-Zhe Ma, Kavilan Moodley, Jon Sievers, (UKZN), Mario Santos (UWC), Gianni Bernardi (Rhodes), Roy Maartens (UWC)

Yi Mao (Tsinghua)

Xuelei Chen, Xiang-Ping Wu (NAOC)

Computational Astrophysics

Numerical modeling of Galaxy formation, SZ effect, galaxy and 21-cm surveys

Yin-Zhe Ma, Kavilan Moodley (UKZN), Romeel Dave (UWC)

Liang Gao, Jie Wang, Qi Guo (NAOC), Yi Mao (Tsinghua)

Cosmology with galaxy surveys and theory


Yin-Zhe Ma, Kavilan Moodley (UKZN), Roy Maartens (UWC),

Sergio Colafrancesco (Wits)

Qi Guo, Gong-Bo Zhao (NAOC), Xi Kang (PMO)

FAST and MeerKAT science

HI survey and intensity mapping, FAST-SKA synergy

Yin-Zhe Ma, Kavilan Moodley, Jon Sievers (UKZN), Claude Carignan (UCT)

Di Li, Xuelei Chen, Ming Zhu (NAOC)


PERIOD and WORKING MODE: The candidate is expected to spend first year in South Africa or in China and second year reverse to work on collaboration, and the third year will depend on performance and funding.


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. in astronomy, astrophysics, computational physics or related field completed or expected by effective date.


PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: significant computational skills, parallel programming and data analysis skills.


DEADLINE: 31st December 2017 (full consideration), although late application is also accepted until the position is filled.


INQUIRY: Please address the inquiry to Yin-Zhe Ma ( or Xuelei Chen (


SUBMISSION: please submit your CV with publication list, a brief research statement highlighting the qualifications and interests, and 3 letters of reference letters to the email address “”, and indicate the research area you apply in the title of the email.