Four (04) contract positions – ending 31 March 2022

  • Bloemfontein – Free State (Reference Number: BID/2019/005)
  • East London – Eastern Cape (Reference Number: BID/2019/006)
  • Mbombela - Mpumalanga (Reference Number: BID/2019/007)
  • Pretoria - Gauteng (Reference Number: BID/2019/008)

The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) is looking to appoint four highly motivated individuals to undertake high quality research on biological invasions especially on detection of emerging invaders. These positions are essential for SANBI to deliver on its mandate under the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act (Act 10 of 2004) and its Alien and Invasive Species Regulations, 2014.

Appointment requires at least an MSc, in an appropriate Ecology/ Nature Conservation / Biological Sciences discipline. Previous work experience or postgraduate study involving research on different aspects of biological invasion, biodiversity conservation; and information management would be an added advantage. The incumbents should have a good command of spoken and written English and another official language, have experience in MS Office, research design and statistical data analyses. Possession of a code B driver’s license with at least one year driving experience is compulsory. Willingness to travel over extensive times and areas for collecting data is also important.

Responsibilities include:

  • Conduct biological invasions research and publish findings in peer-reviewed journals and popular media
  • Undertake alien and invasive species field surveys and data collection
  • Conduct risk profiling of Invasive alien species
  • Provide scientific support to staff and co-ordinator in the region

SANBI offers an all-inclusive annual salary package commensurate with a range of inputs and outputs in terms of the SANBI career ladder for scientists.

Please Note:
1) Portfolio of evidence  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 qualifications will not be considered).

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

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

4) Failure to submit the requested information and reference number will 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 Stephen Mahlangu on 012 843 5217 or preferably forward the completed portfolio of evidence, a motivational letter, concise CV and certified qualifications via e-mail to Postal applications are to be addressed to the Assistant Director: Human Resources, South African National Biodiversity Institute, Private Bag x 101, Silverton, 1804.

Candidates are expected to be available for 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 their applications unsuccessful.

Closes: Friday, 15 November 2019
Location: Bloemfontein, East London, Mbombela and Pretoria
Job type: Contract positions, ending 31 March 2022
Salary package: Salary package commensurate with a range of inputs and outputs in terms of the career ladder for scientists

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