R300 000/year funding for 18 months

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral fellowship with SANBI’s Biodiversity Research, Assessment and Monitoring Division to conduct research on issues related to wildlife population modelling and the impacts of sustainable use and trade. Funding is available for 18 months dependent on adequate performance.

Requirements: Candidates must be able to work independently and be productive, and in possession of a PhD that is related to conservation science, ecology or statistics. The postdoctoral fellowship is open to anyone who has completed their PhD in the last five years. An understanding of wildlife population modelling and experience in working with population data and indices of abundance is required. Experience and/or knowledge of issues relating to wildlife trade, specifically the impacts of trade on population trends would be advantageous. Applicants must be able to demonstrate an ability to undertake research, synthesise literature and data sources, and find scientific evidence to formulate defendable recommendations. Applicants should also have some experience with conservation policy so as to develop case studies for decision-makers from their research. The position also involves some project management and stakeholder engagement, including working with stakeholders and service providers to develop workflows to translate population data into abundance indices for a centralised wildlife population information system. Must have good writing skills.

Research Areas: The main avenues of research are developing population models and indicators for key species to inform decision-making processes related to the Scientific Authority, as well as determining sustainable offtake quotas and the impacts of illegal trade. Research should take into account different subpopulations and monitoring methods to generate national-scale patterns and trends. Secondary research areas can include assessments relating to the IUCN Red and Green list of species, as well as Natural Capital Accounting of species. The research should also support the development of standardised data mobilisation and management workflows for species groups to ensure long-term monitoring efficacy.

Bursary value: The value of the fellowship is R300 000/year and is available for 18 months. Some running expenses will also be made available for each year. The postdoctoral fellow may propose a South African University of their choice or work with SANBI to find a university host.

Application procedure: Each application is to be accompanied by a standard bursary application cover sheet (attached to this advert). Applications are to include a full CV; certified copies of ID and academic records; two letters of reference (one must be from an academic supervisor); examples of published work and a short motivation describing the applicant’s suitability for the position in terms of skills and experience.

Send all documents to students@sanbi.org.za with “SANBI Wildlife Population and Trade postdoctoral fellowship” in the subject line.

Contact details

For academic queries: Mr Matthew Child (m.child@sanbi.org.za)

For questions about the application process: Ms René du Toit (r.dutoit@sanbi.org.za)

The successful candidate will be notified by mid-October 2022. SANBI reserves the right not to fill this fellowship.

If no response has been received within 30 days of the closing date, candidates may assume that their applications were unsuccessful.

Closes: Friday, 23 September 2022
Time: 16:00 
 South Africa

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