Reference Number: BID/2019/007

The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) is looking for a highly motivated individual to co-ordinate and pioneer research into the pathways responsible for the introduction and spread of alien species.

The candidate should be in possession of a PhD or equivalent in a relevant field of biodiversity science with evidence of research experience in the form of at least 5 peer-reviewed publications in reputable journals, at least 1 of which must be a first-author paper in a high impact international journal. The ability to lead a research programme is essential as is evidence of having worked at the science-policy interface. The candidate should have at least 2 years’ experience in biological sciences research or related and project management.

The candidate must be able to demonstrate advanced research skills, numeracy and literacy, good interpersonal relations, good organisational and administrative skills. Effective verbal and written communication capabilities are essential.  A record of research on biological invasions and experience supervising post-graduate students will be added advantages. The suitable candidate must be in possession of a valid Code B driver’s licence, as well as be willing to travel.

Responsibilities include:

  • Providing co-ordination and implementation of a science based programme targeting introduction and invasion pathways
  • Developing processes for assessing and monitoring pathways, linking to current reporting schemes
  • Developing and publish research in journals
  • Initiating and maintaining partnerships with key institutions to deliver on SANBI's mandate.
  • Supervising and developing junior staff, students, interns and research assistants.

SANBI offers an annual salary commensurate with a range of inputs and outputs in terms of the SANBI career ladder for Scientists.

Please do not apply online for this position. Applications should be forwarded to:

Please Note:

1) An application form  must accompany the CV together with a letter motivating why the applicant should be favourably considered for the position and confirming that the minimum qualifications are met.

2) A skills test will be conducted as part of the selection process

3) Applicants must also provide the full names, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses of at least three referees.

4) Failure to submit the requested information may result in your application not being considered.

Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. SANBI reserves the right not to fill this position. 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 Ms Zena Appollis on (021) 7998647/8800 or preferably, forward the completed application form, a letter and concise CV via e-mail to or fax 0865899569. Postal applications are to be addressed to the Deputy Director: Human Resources, South African National Biodiversity Institute, Private Bag X7, Claremont, 7735.

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 30 days of the closing date, candidates may consider that their applications are unsuccessful.

Closes: Friday, 1 February 2019
Location: Cape Town or Pretoria

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