Post-Doc; South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity

Job Title: 
Job Location: 
Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa
24 Months, Full time.
Application Deadline: 
Friday, January 31, 2020

A post-doctoral fellowship is available at the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity (SAIAB) for a suitable candidate to investigate:

  1. the potential of environmental DNA to collect population and community level data for subtidal fishes occurring on photic and mesophotic reefs, and
  2. other non-invasive in situ sampling techniques to collect genetic material from reef fishes for individual or population level molecular analysis.

The project is fully funded and the fellow will join the team working on population genetics, reef ecology and conservation at the SAIAB. The position is available for a period of two years, and the fellowship will involve independent research (within the context of the main project), collaboration with project scientists and co-supervision of MSc and PhD students.


Minimum requirements:

  • Completed PhD in subtidal reef fish ecology or molecular ecology.
  • Applicants with a background in eDNA, molecular biology and ecology and with strong analytical skills will be favoured.
  • The applicants must have a strong publication record, in line with their level of experience, in relevant fields of research.
  • The applicants will need to demonstrate competency in planning and conducting fieldwork off small research vessels.
  • Applications are open to suitable candidates from any nationality.

If you are interested in applying, please submit a cover letter, detailing your relevant experience and research interests, your CV, and the contact details of two referees, one of whom must be your most recent supervisor/mentor to Dr Gwynneth Matcher (g.matcher [at], Dr Gavin Gouws (g.gouws [at] and Dr Anthony Bernard (a.bernard [at] Applications open immediately and will close on the 31 January 2020.

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