Scientist (Erratum) Reference Number: RHEC/2018/001 (Permanent position)

9 March 2018 - 9:30am


Salary Level: SANBI offers an all-inclusive annual salary package commensurate with a range of inputs and outputs in terms of the SANBI career ladder for scientist

Directorate/Project: Compton Herbarium (Cape Town)



The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) requires a highly motivated scientist to conduct taxonomic research on the South African flora in accordance with the Biosystematics Research Strategy; disseminate research findings through publications; curate herbarium collections for certain plant families and provide information services for specialist families.


The appointment requires qualification and experience as follows:

Be in possession of a MSc in a field of botany, enhanced by a minimum of 5 years’ proven experience in plant taxonomic research (in the form of at least five first authored papers in peer-reviewed journals), evidence of ability to secure research funding, regular conference presentation and experience in herbarium processes.

The following applies. A Code EB/B driver’s licence is essential. Proficiency in MS Office is essential while knowledge of BRAHMS would be an advantage. The successful candidate must demonstrate the ability to maintain sound interpersonal relations and have an excellent spoken and written command of English, as well as the ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Key responsibilities

The appointee will be responsible for:


  • Design and carry out taxonomic research projects in line with SANBI’s strategy and priorities, and apply for external funding;
  • Publish/disseminate results of research and scientific compilation (including e-Flora);
  • Scientific curation of herbarium specimens;
  • Plant identifications and answering enquiries related to specialist plant families;
  • Mentoring/training of junior scientists and students.



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 competency test will be conducted as part of the selection process.
  3. Applicants must also provide the full names, address and telephone number and if possible e-mail address 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 Steve 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.


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