UFS Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme

The Department of Geology at the University of the Free State (UFS) invites applications from suitably qualified candidates for a postdoctoral fellowship. Candidates with an excellent research track record in any of the sub-disciplines of geology are encouraged to apply. However, candidates that will contribute to the research focus areas of faculty members within the department will be given preference. Interested candidates should consult the department's website (https://www.ufs.ac.za/natagri/departments-and-divisions/geology-home) in order to familiarise themselves with the research that is currently being conducted within the department.

The fellowship is awarded on a competitive basis, taking into account the applicants' academic achievements, publication outputs and research potential, as well as the relevance of prior experience and expertise. The fellowship is available for a period of one year, renewable for up to three years subject to satisfactory performance.


  • Open to all South African and foreign nationals for full-time research at the Department of Geology, University of the Free State.
  • A PhD degree in the geosciences obtained within the last 5 years.
  • Successful applicants may not hold full-time salaried employment during the fellowship.
  • Successful applicants must be able to relocate to the UFS for the duration of the fellowship. This is a residential fellowship: the successful applicant is required to spend 80% of her/his postdoctoral period at the UFS.


  • Author/co-author at least three (3) publications per year in high quality journals within the discipline.
  • Register and reside as postdoctoral research fellow at the UFS and participate in relevant activities of the School of Postgraduate Studies and the Directorate of Research.


  • R 220,000 annual fellowship
  • R 30,000 additional research expenses fund


To apply, please email the following documentation by 28 February 2018 to Prof Frederick Roelofse (roelofsef@ufs.ac.za)

  • Motivation letter, including a 1-2 page outline of relevant expertise and experience
  • Full CV including a list of research publications, conference papers and other scholarly output
  • Full transcripts of academic records and copy of doctoral degree certificate
  • Copy of ID document (or copy of passport in the case of foreign applicants)
  • Contact details of two academic referees who have taught/supervised the candidate.

Closing date: 28 February 2018

Commencement of fellowship: 1 July 2018

posted: 18 January 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.