Reference Number: BID/2018/005

Biological Invasions Directorate

Contract ending on 31 March 2020

The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) is looking for a highly motivated individual to co-ordinate a research programme on alien grasses or alien vines and creepers. The position requires someone with a biodiversity science background who can co-ordinate robust scientific analyses of the impacts, threats, and options to manage plant invasions.

The candidate should be in possession of an MSc or equivalent in a relevant field of biodiversity science with evidence of research experience in the form of at least three first-authored peer-reviewed publications in reputable journals.  The ability to lead a research programme is essential. 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. Training on research in biological invasion will be an added advantage. Furthermore, the suitable candidate must be in possession of a valid Code B driver’s license, as well as be willing to travel.

Responsibilities include:

  • Provide co-ordination and implementation of a science-based programme targeting alien grasses or alien vines and creepers.
  • Develop a national surveillance strategy to detect, identify and manage priority/targeted alien grasses or alien vines and creepers.
  • Develop and publish research on alien grasses or alien vines and creepers.
  • Initiate and maintain partnerships with key institutions to deliver on SANBI mandate.
  • Develop and supervise staff, students, interns and research assistants.

SANBI offers an annual salary commensurate with a range of inputs and outputs in terms of SANBI’s 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 Mr. John Sihlangu on 012 843 5009 or, preferably, forward the completed application form, a motivational letter, certified copies of qualifications, ID, Drivers License and concise CV via e-mail to  Postal applications are to be addressed to the Assistant Director: Human Resources, South African National Biodiversity Institute, Private Bag X101, Pretoria, 0001.

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: 07 December 2018

Location: KwaZulu-Natal

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