Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (2 Year Contract)

Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa

Job Description

Job Title
Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (2-year Contract) (Job ID: 4514)
Organizational Unit
University of the Free State -> Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences -> Department Plant Sciences
Contract Type
Occupational Level
Junior Management
Bloemfontein Campus - , FS ZA (Primary)

Closing Date

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 diseases associated with summer grains (particularly, soybean and sunflower), epidemiology and their management. The successful applicant will be expected to engage in full-time Post-Doctoral research under the supervision of Dr Lisa Rothmann in the Division of Plant Pathology (Department of Plant Sciences). Duties and responsibilities:

  • Designing and conducting field trials with a focus on summer grain crops, i.e., soybean and sunflower.
  • Undertake and contribute to research, conducting individual research or collaborating with other researchers.
  • Supervision of post-graduate research (Honours and Masters, within the Epidemiology group).
  • Data analyses and statistical programming with R & R-Studio, as well as assisting post-graduates within the Epidemiology group in learning the skill.
  • Publish own research in DHET accredited peer-reviewed journals.
  • 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.
  • Act as an external examiner to other universities.
  • 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 skills.
Inherent Job Requirements:
  • A doctoral degree obtained in the last four years in Plant Pathology with a specialisation in plant disease epidemiology and disease management.
  • Applicants must be under the age of 50 years.
  • 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.
  • Registered with South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions (SACNASP) or similar.
Comprehensive applications are invited, comprising of:
  • A PhD degree in Plant Pathology with strong training in plant health ecology, epidemiology, and managing field trials.
  • 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.

  • Applications must be sent to Dr Lisa A Rothmann at
  • Late applications will not be considered.
  • An online interview will take place.
  • Successful individuals will be contacted six to eight weeks after the interviews.
Closing date:
31 May 2022 Commencement of fellowship:
01 July 2022 or as soon as possible. For enquiries, please contact:
Email: Dr Lisa Rothmann, 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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    Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa
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