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Postdoctoral Fellowship at FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology in South Africa, 2017

A postdoctoral fellowship is available at the FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology, Department of Biological Sciences. The tenure of the Fellowship is for up to two years, providing there is satisfactory academic progress in the first year.

The University of Cape Town is a public research university located in Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa.



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Course Level: Fellowship is available for pursuing the postdoctoral programme.

Study Subject: Project: Western Indian Ocean seabirds and climate change Project focal area: Climate change scenario modelling and seabird foraging ecology

Award: The value of the fellowship is R250 000 per annum, renewable for a second year dependent on satisfactory academic progress. Some assistance with relocation costs can be provided if needed. The Fellowship is compliant with the SARS guidelines and rules and is exempt from taxation. –

The award can be taken in: South Africa

Eligibility: Applicants must have strong geospatial/oceanographic modelling and analytical skills, and should be familiar with remote sensing data and climate change models. Strong scientific writing skills and a proven publication record are required. A variety of data is available to build conceptual models of oceanographic productivity and to relate these to seabird abundance and distribution patterns. With a base model, the successful candidate will investigate which trends/patterns are arising under various scenarios of climate warming/altered productivity in the tropical WIO region, and then assess how potential spatio-temporal changes/reductions in ocean productivity could affect the tuna-seabird assemblages. The project will be run through BirdLife South Africa, in association with the University of Cape Town (UCT). Conditions of the award of a Postdoctoral Fellowship at UCT are:

  • Postdoctoral fellowships are only available to Individuals who have achieved a doctoral degree in a relevant subject within the past 5 years;
  • Applicants may not previously have held full-time professional or academic employment;
  • The successful incumbent may, as part of their professional development, be required to participate in departmental activities including limited student supervision and duties incidental thereto; and
  • The successful incumbent will be required to comply with UCT’s approved policies, procedures and practices for the postdoctoral sector.

Nationality: Citizens of South Africa are eligible to apply.

College Admission Requirement

Entrance Requirement: Applicants must have PhD degree.

South Africa Scholarships

How to Apply: To apply, please send a CV (including your academic record, publication list and the names and contact details of two academic referees) and a short motivation letter to Hilary Buchanan at hilary.buchanan-at-uct.ac.za (subject ‘your surname’ Seabirds and Climate Change Post Doc). Informal enquires can be directed to Peter Ryan: [email protected] or Ross Wanless ross.wanless-at-birdlife.org.za

Application Deadline: The application deadline is May 30, 2017.

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