Visualisation Postdoctoral Fellowship


Supervisor: A/Prof. Michelle Kuttel and Prof. Rob Simmonds

Next generation radio astronomy facilities, such as the Square Kilometre Array, and current SKA pathfinder and precursor telescopes, will embark on large key science projects that will create very large data sets.  The new data sets will be unprecedented in size and complexity. Moreover the scientific analysis will require joint analysis with multi-wavelength data and comparative analysis with simulations.   Next generation visualization technologies and visual analytics tools will be an essential part of letting the data speak for itself. 

The IDIA postdoctoral fellow will be part of the new IDIA Visualization Laboratory and will join a team of researchers, developers and students working on visualization systems designed to meet the needs of the MeerKAT large survey projects and large programmes with other SKA pathfinders.  The IDIA visualization laboratory houses facilities for large format display, immersive visualization, and exploration of data through virtual reality projection.  In addition, IDIA works with the Iziko Digital Dome on the development of modalities for astronomical visualization with planetarium domes. IDIA is also a partner with the US National Radio Astronomy Observatory and the Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics on the CARTAvis (Cube Rendering and Analysis Tool for Astronomy) project. 

The IDIA fellow is expected to engage in the development of visualization tools, in publishing papers about this work, and may help with the supervision of graduate students using and developing visualization solutions.


  • Applicants should have obtained a PhD in astronomy, computer science or a related discipline within 5 years of their start date.
  • Experience with programming in C++, Python and in using visualization toolkits.
  • Experience in radio astronomy data analysis and visualization, or experience in development of visualization for scientific data.
  • Applicants must be able to commence their postdoctoral fellowship in South Africa by 31 March 2018.


Queries may be directed to

To apply for this job, please send a cover letter, CV and statement of research to Please also arrange for three letter of reference to be sent to, for attention: Ms Nicky Walker.


Please note the closing date is 31 October 2017. No applications submitted after the closing date will be considered.

Job Type: 
R350 000 p.a.
Start Date: 
31 March 2018

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