Botanist: Scientific Authority Support (Permanent position)

22 September 2017 - 4:30pm


Salary Level: 

Salary will commensurate with a range of inputs and outputs in terms of the SANBI career ladder for Scientists.


Biodiversity Assessment and Monitoring 


The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) requires a highly motivated individual to carry out reviews and assessments, and undertake focused research and monitoring projects on plants in support of the Scientific Authority.  


Appointment requires an MSc in an appropriate field of plant science or conservation biology with evidence of at least one year relevant internship or research assistant experience. The applicant should have scientific research skills, excellent writing skills and analytical abilities, and be able to synthesize large amounts of information related to decision support for the Scientific Authority. Good spoken and written command of English is necessary. A valid Code B (unendorsed) driver’s licence with one year practical driving experience is essential.

Key responsibilities

The appointee will be responsible for:

  • Carry out reviews and assessments on plants, focusing on species listed in CITES or the Threatened or Protected Species Regulations (TOPS);
  • Provide general scientific support to the Scientific Coordinator of the Scientific Authority on plant related matters;
  •  Carry out research and monitoring projects, focusing on plant species listed in CITES or the Threatened or Protected Species Regulations (TOPS) and publish the results in the scientific literature;
  • Contribute to learning and development within SANBI’s Scientific Authority team;
  • Develop research relationships with scientists and organisations conducting research as part of managed network.


SANBI offers scientists a salary based on their assessed rank on the SANBI scientists' salary scale and additional fringe benefits, which include attractive medical and pension schemes.

Read more about SANBI's remuneration and benefits.


Please Note:

  1. Applications must be accompanied by a letter motivating why the applicant should be favourably considered for the position and confirming that the minimum qualifications are met (applicants lacking evidence of relevant experience will not be considered).
  2. A skills test will be conducted as part of the selection process.
  3. Applicants must also provide the full names, addresses and telephone numbers and if possible e-mail addresses of at least three referees.
  4. An application form must accompany the CV and motivational letter. Download Scientist's Application Form.
  5. Failure to submit the requested information may result in your application not being considered.

All applications will be considered with the understanding that, in terms of the SANBI Employment Equity Plan, preference will currently be given to candidates from the designated groups.

Contact Mr Stephen Mahlangu on 012 843 5217 if further information required. Email completed application form, a motivational letter and concise CV to or fax to 012 843 5222. Postal applications are to be addressed to: The Director - Human Resources, South African National Biodiversity Institute, Private Bag X101, Pretoria, 0001.

Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. SANBI reserves the right not to fill this position. Candidates are expected to be available for selection interviews on a date and time as determined by SANBI. If no response has been received within 21 days of the closing date, candidates may assume that their applications were unsuccessful.

Please note that any emails sent to SANBI must be under 10MB in size.

22 September 2017 - 4:30pm
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