RO 13/2019 HIRAX Project Manager

Job Description

The Hydrogen Intensity and Real-time Analysis experiment (HIRAX) is a major radioastronomy telescope slated for construction in a radio-quiet area in South Africa. It willdetect the effects of dark energy on the distribution of galaxies, traced by their neutralhydrogen emission. Operating between 400 and 800 MHz, HIRAX will also be a world-leading facility for studies of radio transients, pulsars, and hydrogen absorbers. HIRAXis led by the University of KwaZulu-Natal, and so UKZN seeks to appoint a ProjectManager who will play a critical role in its development.The Project Manager will direct the daily operations and manage construction anddesign requirements of HIRAX and the telescope site. The role includes theprocurement of telescope hardware and building links with industry partners. TheProject Manager will be responsible for the delivery of telescope sub-systems as perproject timelines, financial and contractual management of the project, and thecoordination of HIRAX project activities. The incumbent will report directly to thePrincipal Investigator of the project.

Responsibilities + Skills


A broad grasp of astronomy or space project management within an institutionof higher learning or a research institution.


Three (3) years experience in high-level participation in the astronomy or spaceindustry;

Job Summary

  • Published on: Tuesday, 10th March 2020
  • Designation: RO 13/2019 HIRAX Project Manager
  • industry: Education
  • Vacancy: 1
  • Employment Status: Full-time
  • Job Location: Durban
  • Salary: on a call
  • Gender:
  • Application Deadline: Tuesday, 10th March 2020

About the Company

  • Company Name: University of KwaZulu Natal.
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  • The College of Humanities, the largest of UKZN’s four Colleges, is the home of critical thinking, social commentary and robust intellectual debate. It is aptly referred to as “The Soul of the University.”A complex and strategic College, the Humanities comprises six diverse, yet complementary Schools which are located across three of UKZN’s five campuses: Edgewood – situated in Pinetown; Howard College – situated in Durban; and Pietermaritzburg.The College of Humanities is committed to the University’s vision of advancing African scholarship and actively contributes to the intellectual development of the region and the world through teaching and learning, research, development and community engagement. It represents a significant repository on the continent, playing a critical role in the enhancement and promotion of arts, culture, social sciences and education.The College boasts vibrant research, teaching and learning units, many of which are internationally recognised.

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