University of KwaZulu-Natal: Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Biogeography

Posted on May 14, 2024
Expires: June 01, 2024

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The School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences (SAEES), University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) is pleased to announce a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Biogeography. Applicants are expected to have experience with Geographic Information Systems, as well as knowledge of biogeographic and geomorphic processes. The successful applicant will work with Professor Şerban Procheş (School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences) and Dr Syd Ramdhani (School of Life Sciences) towards an understanding of how plant / animal endemism levels vary across erosional and depositional landforms in southern Africa and/or worldwide.

In addition, the Postdoctoral Research Fellow may be required to contribute to teaching and other related research projects, and to mentor Master’s and Doctoral students. The amount of the fellowship will be ZAR220,000 (two-hundred and twenty thousand rand) per annum for a period of two years. Renewal for the second year will be based on satisfactory progress in the first year.

Minimum Requirements

  • A Doctoral degree with a project including a biogeography or geomorphology component, completed during the last five years;

  • Experience with Geographic Information Systems;

  • A research track record as evidenced by at least three peer-reviewed ISI/DHET-listed journal articles published in the last five years, of which at least one as first author.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 30 May 2024.

This appointment will be made in line with the University Guidelines/benchmarks, which are available on the University Vacancies website on

Enquiries and applications should be sent to Professor Şerban Procheş, email:

Fellowship Award applications should consist of:

  1. A letter of motivation explaining how the candidate meets the minimum requirements;

  2. A detailed resume including a full list of publications and the contact details of three academic referees;

  3. Copies of PhD certificate and academic record.

The School reserves the right not to fill the post until a suitable candidate is found.

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