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

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.

Scholarship Description: 

  • Applications Deadline: Applications for Postdoctoral Research Fellowship will stay open until the position is filled. But, it is anticipated that the fellowship will commence in September 2018
  • Course Level: Fellowship is available to the postdoctoral research programme.
  • Study 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 Award: The value of the Postdoctoral Research 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.
  • Nationality:Postdoctoral Research Fellowship is available for international students.
  • Number of Scholarships: Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Numbers not given
  • Scholarship can be taken in South Africa

Eligibility for the Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Scholarship: 

Eligible Countries: Postdoctoral Research Fellowship is available for international students.

Entrance Requirements: 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.

English 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: 

How to Apply: To apply for a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, send an email application to ma-re-at-uct.ac.za 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.

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