Postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Geology





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, or with research experience in i) geophysics / ii) the geology of iron-ore deposits / iii) coal geology, 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.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

  • 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.

THE SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATE WILL BE REQUIRED TO:

  • 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 Development.

VALUE OF THE FELLOWSHIP

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

HOW TO APPLY

To apply, please email the following documentation by 29 February 2020 to Miss Mandy Jampies (jampiesmg@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 record 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.

Applicants are also welcome to contact the Head of Department, Prof Bisrat Yibas (yibasbabsob@ufs.ac.za), should they have any questions before formally lodging their applications.

Closing date: 29 February 2020

Commencement of fellowship: As soon as possible following the closing date

published: 03 December 2019     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.