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Wits Innovation Centre: Postdoctoral Fellowship with the Johannesburg Lightning Research Laboratory (South Africa)

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The Wits Innovation Centre invites applications for its Postdoctoral Fellowship, which will advance interdisciplinary research innovation at the University of the Witwatersrand, one of the leading research universities in Africa.

The Fellowship is open to applications by practicing artists with a PhD in any creative discipline who wish to engage in high level long term interdisciplinary artistic research in the Johannesburg Lightning Research Laboratory in the School of Electrical and Information Engineering.

The Johannesburg Lightning Research Laboratory, situated in the School of Electrical and Information Engineering at the University of Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg, is dedicated to advancing our understanding of lightning. With a team of experts in various fields, including lightning physics, detection, protection, and human safety, the group aims to harness Johannesburg’s high flash density, averaging 15 to 20 flashes per square kilometre per year. The laboratory’s main research areas encompass High-Speed Lightning Studies, Lightning Detection and Measurement, and Lightning Safety and Awareness, all contributing to improving lightning protection systems and ensuring human safety.

Applications can be made for a Postdoctoral Fellowship of one year, renewable on an annual basis up to three years. The value of the Fellowship package is 321,560 ZAR per annum, which includes relocation costs, medical aid, and research expenses.


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