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South Africa University of Cape Town Marine Research Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship 2018

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Applications are invited for the postdoctoral research fellowship at the Marine Research Institute (Ma-Re) University of Cape Town, South Africa. Fellowship is available for international students.

The candidate must have experience with the implementation of regional or global ocean numerical models, data analysis and visualization.

The Institute’s principal focus is research, which underpins its teaching, training, capacity development and consultancy activities. Hence it brings together active researchers in the field who add value to and benefit from this collaborative structure. At the Institution, observation, measurement, and collection of samples and data are accomplished by ship cruises, field trips and remote sensing by satellite. The institute’s array of multi-disciplinary researchers is involved in exciting inter-disciplinary projects. The Ma-Re Institute was officially constituted in October 2006 as one of the first signature themes at UCT. This was the culmination of a consultative process involving all marine researchers at UCT. To establish UCT as an internationally recognized hub of excellence, and a premier higher education institution for multi-disciplinary marine research, teaching and training in Africa and the southern hemisphere.

Degree Level: Fellowship is available to the postdoctoral research programme.

Available Subject: Ma-Re seeks a Research Associate (UCT post-doctoral research fellow) as part of the international project “Humpback Whales in a Changing Climate”, in collaboration with Australia and other South African universities. The candidate will develop the modelling component of the project to study the role of ocean conditions in determining the migratory patterns in the Southern Ocean and along the eastern coast of South Africa. A combination of large scale and regional scale ocean models will be used, in conjunction with ocean biogeochemistry models of various complexities.

Scholarship Benefits: The value of the fellowship award is between R300 000 and R400 000 per annum, depending on research experience. Postdoctoral Research Fellowships are non-taxable, meaning that fellowships must be granted without fringe benefits and no services are required of the successful candidate in return for the fellowship beyond the agreed research activity.

Eligible Nationalities: Fellowship is available for international students.

Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must meet the following criteria:

Conditions of Award

  • Postdoctoral research fellowships are available only to individuals who have achieved the doctoral degree within the past 5 years;
  • Applicants may not previously have held full-time permanent professional or academic posts;
  • No benefits or allowances are included in the value of the fellowship;
  • The successful incumbent will be required to comply with the University’s approved policies, procedures and practices for the postdoctoral sector;
  • The successful candidate may, as part of their professional development, be requested to participate in departmental activities such as limited teaching and cosupervision and incidental duties;
  • PDRFs are permitted to undertake part-time employment for no more than 12 hours per week. Such remunerated employment is taxable.

Language Requirements: Applicants whose first language is not English are usually required to provide evidence of proficiency in English at the higher level required by the University.

Application Procedure: To apply, send an email application to and attach the following: a cover letter describing research experience, interests, and collaborative experience; a curriculum vitae and list of publications; certified transcripts of academic qualifications at tertiary level; and contact information for two (2) scientific referees.

Scholarship Link

Deadline: Applications will stay open until the position is filled. However, it is anticipated that the fellowship will commence in September 2018

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