University of Johannesburg, Department of Geology

Postdoctoral Fellowships: PPM Research Group

The PPM Research Group at the Department of Geology, University of Johannesburg, is a diverse team that, in partnership with national and international collaborators, explores the geology and mineral endowment of southern Africa. For further information about PPM and the Department of Geology visit or UJ Geology on Facebook.

Current focus areas of PPM include Precambrian mineral deposits, geometallurgy, coal geology, medical geology, kimberlite and diamond research, palaeomagnetism, detrital zircon provenance studies, Pan-African tectonics and early Precambrian environments and geobiology. Strong links exist with the Centre of Excellence for Integrated Mineral and Energy Resource Analysis ( In-house analytical facilities include XRF, XRD, SEM, TEM, MLA, EPMA, LA-MC-ICP-MS, noble gas MS, micro-Raman, coal petrology and palaeomag lab with SQUID.

Postdoctoral Fellowships

The PPM Research Group offers Postdoctoral Research Fellowships starting from July 2018 or January 2019. Appointees will engage in full-time postdoctoral research on an approved project with UJ Geology members. Teaching at undergraduate level including field classes is encouraged. The fellowship consists of a tax-free stipend of ZAR 220 000 per annum. The stipend is renewable for a second year subject to satisfactory progress.

We encourage applications from candidates who have an interest in Precambrian geology and mineral deposits, although any specialization will be considered. Eligible candidates must hold a Ph.D. in Geosciences and have a strong publication record. A background in instrumental analytical chemistry, mineralogy, or petrology is considered an advantage.

Applicants are required to submit a covering letter highlighting their experience and research interests, a short research proposal, and a detailed CV, including the names and e-mail addresses of three referees, to Axel Hofmann ( on or before 30 April 2018. For additional information on fellowship conditions and the PPM group please contact Axel Hofmann or any staff member of UJ Geology.

published: 16 February 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.