Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (2-year Contract) (Job ID: 5705) needed at University of the Free State

Job title : Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (2-year Contract) (Job ID: 5705)

Job Location : Free State, Bloemfontein

Deadline : May 25, 2024

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Duties and responsibilities:

  • Conduct in vitro and in vivo trials, i.e., laboratory, glasshouse and field scale, to screen putative disease control agents.
  • Assist with soybean and sunflower disease surveillance, diagnosis, and identification.
  • Facilitate coordination between collaborators on the research project and related research projects.
  • Document and report on research activities and findings through progress reporting, popular media and DHET accredited peer-reviewed journals.
  • Data analyses and statistical programming, preferably with R & R-Studio, as well as assisting post-graduate students in learning these skills.
  • Supervision of post-graduate research (Honours, Masters, and PhD).
  • Identify sources of funding and contribute to the process of securing funds for own/group research or scholarly projects.
  • Lead and develop internal networks, for example by chairing and participating in departmental and/or university committees or working groups.
  • Ensure connectivity and networking with industry and producer partners, for example producing popular articles and contributing to industry meetings.
  • Develop links with external contacts such as other educational bodies, employers, and professional bodies to foster collaboration.
  • Undertake national/international visits to establish partnerships and develop soft skills

Minimum Requirements:

  • A doctoral degree obtained in the last five years in Plant Pathology with a specialisation in diagnostics, extension, plant disease epidemiology, and/or disease management. 
  • Applicants must hold a valid South African driver’s license or an international driver’s licence accepted in South Africa.
  • Must be based at the Bloemfontein campus of the UFS for the duration of the fellowship.
  • Must be willing to register with South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions (SACNASP) or similar.


  • Comprehensive applications are invited, comprising of: 
  • A PhD degree in Plant Pathology or closely related field, with strong training in diagnostics and extension, plant disease epidemiology, and/or disease management. 
  • 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

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