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October 2021

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (2-year Contract)

Natural and Agricultural Sciences

Plant Sciences

The University of the Free State (UFS) invites applications from suitably qualified candidates for a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Plant Sciences. 

The following Post-Doctoral Fellowship is available to support activities in the discipline of Plant Pathology:

Research area: Research on soil-borne pathogens of agricultural crops and their biological control.   

The successful applicant will be expected to engage in full-time Post-Doctoral studies under the supervision of Prof. Wijnand Swart in the Division of Plant Pathology (Department of Plant Sciences).

Duties and responsibilities:

• Lecturing 2nd semester course:  Ecology of Plant Pathogens (Module PPLG3744)
• Lecturing 2nd semester course:  Host-parasite Interactions (Module PPLG4824 / 6824)
• Planning, preparation of lectures and practical classes for undergraduate and post-graduate modules
• Checking and assessing students’ class tests, tutorials and exams.
• Supervision of post-graduate research (Honours, Masters and PhD)
• Undertake and contribute to research, conducting individual research or collaborating with other researchers.
• Publish own research in peer-reviewed journals.
• Identify sources of funding and contribute to the process of securing funds for own research or scholarly projects.
• Lead and develop internal networks, for example by chairing and participating in departmental and/or university committees or working groups.
• Act as an external examiner to other universities and provide professional advice as appropriate.
• Lead and develop external networks, for example with external examiners and assessors.
• Develop links with external contacts such as other educational bodies, employers and professional bodies to foster collaboration.
• Undertake international visits in order to establish partnerships, teach at partner institutions.

Minimum Requirements:

• A doctoral degree obtained in the last four years in Plant Pathology with a specialization in soil-borne diseases and biological control of plant pathogens.
• Applicants must be under the age of 50 years.
• Must be based at the Bloemfontein campus of the UFS for the duration of the scholarship.

Comprehensive applications are invited, comprising of: 

• A PhD degree in Plant Pathology with strong undergraduate training in host-pathogen interactions and microbial ecology.
• A letter of motivation, including the earliest possible starting date. 
• An up-to-date CV. 
• Contact details of two academic referees.
• Record of academic transcripts.
• An example of your academic writing skills, by either providing an article or chapter of your PhD thesis.

Value of the fellowship:

• R 220,000 annual fellowship.
• R 30,000 additional research expenses fund.

Application:

• Applications must be sent to Prof. WJ Swart at  swartwj@ufs.ac.za 
• Late applications will not be considered. 
• An online interview will take place. 
• Successful individuals will be contacted six to eight weeks after the interviews.
• The successful incumbent may be considered for a permanent position if their performance is satisfactory during the post-doctoral term. 

Closing date: 

05 November 2021

Commencement of fellowship: 

01 January 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter.

For enquiries, please contact: Email: Prof. Wijnand Swart, swartwj@ufs.ac.za 

General:

The University reserves the right not to fill the post. The University subscribes to and applies the principles prescribed by the Employment Equity Act. Preference will be given to candidates from the designated groups, in accordance with the principles of the aforementioned act and the employee profile of the specific department/division. 

The University processes personal information in line with its obligations under the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) and any personal information provided to the University will be treated as confidential and processed in accordance with the rights provided to data subjects under POPIA. 

The UFS will only consider applications of candidates who meet all the inherent requirements of the position. Applications that are incomplete will not be considered. Communication will be limited to shortlisted candidates only. Should you not be contacted within six weeks of the closing date for applications, you may assume that your application was unsuccessful.

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