Postdoctoral Researcher in Experimental Nuclear Physics at iThemba LABS in South Africa

Postdoctoral Researcher: Experimental Nuclear Physics

Course(s) Offered: Experimental Nuclear Physics
Course Level: Postdoctoral research
Employer: iThemba LABS
Country to Study in: South Africa

Fellowship Description
This is a postdoctoral fellowship program at iThemba LABS, a National Scientific Facility, operated by the National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa.

At least one, possibly two, post-doctoral fellowships (2 year appointment with possibility of 1 year extension) is available in the Department of Nuclear Physics at iThemba LABS, with both positions linked mainly to research performed with the gamma-ray spectrometer.

Minimum requirements:
Ph.D in experimental nuclear physics with the emphasis on nuclear spectroscopy with gamma-ray arrays using either light or heavy ions in the energy range available at iThemba LABS.

Skills and behavioural attributes:
The ability to train post-graduates up to at least M.Sc. level – to initiate and lead research projects. Your key focus will be: your own research (proposing, planning and performing experiments, data analysis and interpretation, publication of results) – training of post-graduates in nuclear physics – contributing to research projects of other members of the group – assisting in facility development and maintenance.

Experience with commissioning of gamma-ray tracking detectors and digital signal processing-based data acquisition system

Eligible groups
Citizens of South Africa and foreigners in South Africa are welcome to apply

Participating Institutions
Department of Nuclear Physics, iThemba LABS, Cape Town, Republic of South Africa.

Fields of study
The basic research in the Department of Nuclear Physics is carried out with the Separated-Sector Cyclotron (SSC) facility, which produces a variety of beams from 200 MeV protons to 750 MeV 136Xe.

Research facilities include:
  • the AFRODITE gamma-ray spectrometer, for which 9 Clover and 8 LEPS HPGe detectors are available. Ancillary devices consist of a recoil detector and the DIAMANT light charged-particle array, which will be available under a co-operative agreement. Also under development is a new digital data acquisition system and the commissioning of a TIGRESS clover detector.

  • the K600 Magnetic Spectrometer, which has achieved an energy resolution of ~23 keV by applying dispersion matching techniques. Under development is a zero degree facility that will permit the measurement of proton and other light ion scattering reactions at 0° with high energy resolution ?E / E ? 10-4.

  • a general-purpose scattering chamber of 1.5 m diameter.
Number of awards
At least one, possibly two, post-doctoral positions are offered

Sponsorship duration
Two year appointments with the possibility of one year extension

Fellowship benefits
Please inquire from the sponsors

Method of Application
It is important to visit the official 'VACANCIES' page of iThemba LABS (link to it is found below) for more detailed information, PDF link to the complete Terms and Conditions, and also how to apply to this fellowship position.

The fellowship application deadline date is 31 December 2010

iThemba LABS is a multi-disciplinary organisation where competency is the provision of scientifically and medically useful radiation for training, research and radionuclide production. The facility is situated in a picturesque environment some 35 km east of Cape Town.

You are invited to join iThemba LABS, a National Scientific Facility, operated by the National Research Foundation (NRF).

The Director
iThemba LABS
PO Box 722
Somerset West 7129
South Africa

E-mail: Director(at)
Tel: +27 (21) 843 1000
Fax: +27 (21) 843 3525

Application Deadline: 31 December 2010
Open to International Applicants: Yes

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