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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Data Science with the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory

Country/Region : South Africa

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The Data Science group at the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO), in collaboration with the African Institute of Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), has an exciting postdoctoral opportunity for a dynamic candidate interested in applying machine learning and Bayesian inference to massive datasets (petabyte to exabyte range). The MeerKAT telescope is a precursor to the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) will be commissioned in 2018, delivering world-class astronomical data in addition to a huge amount of streaming sensor data from the 64 antennae. For more general information about MeerKAT please see:
The SARAO data science group is rapidly growing and working on a variety of problems with the aim of improving MeerKAT performance including supervised, unsupervised and active learning, anomaly detection, visualisation and inference. The successful candidate will be energetic, curious, flexible and will work closely with the rest of the data science team, as well as the machine learning group at AIMS ( and other data science groups in the Western Cape.
REQUIREMENTS: Applicants should have:
* PhD in physics, statistics, computer science or a related field
* Proven record of excellence in research
* Demonstrable skills in the fields of data science, machine learning and/or Bayesian statistics
* Strong python programming skills
* Good time management and team skills. Knowledge of scrum a plus.
* Good communication skills in English, both oral and written
APPLICATIONS: Please send a CV, a list of publications, a motivation letter and contact information for three references, in a single PDF file to Applicants with queries are invited to contact Professor Bruce Bassett at
DEADLINE: 1 April 2018
The SARAO Data Science group is based in Cape Town, widely considered one of the most beautiful and affordable cities in the world. Cape Town has won the Telegraph best city in the world contest five years in a row. See

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