Prince Edward Islands: 1x Postdoctoral Fellowship

13 January 2017 - 4:30pm

Applications are invited for one postdoctoral fellow to join the SANBI Marine Programme for a six (6) month postdoctoral fellowship to support the development of a national habitat map for the Prince Edward Islands (PEI, South African sub-Antarctic islands). The fellowship will commence in approximately June 2017

Responsibilities include:

  • Collate existing spatial information on habitats and species for Prince
    Edward Islands;
  • Undertake a literature review to support development of a habitat
    classification and map for Prince Edward Islands;
  • Work with Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) researchers to produce the rules and approach for producing the PEI habitat map;
  • Hold a workshop to present the proposed habitat mapping approach to key
    stakeholders and refine the approach with additional scientific input;
  • Produce a publication / report documenting the approach used in developing a habitat map for the PEI, under guidance from SANBI’s mapping experts

Who is eligible to apply?

The candidates must be independent and productive and must have a PhD that included a component of marine biodiversity surveys.  Candidates must have some experience working in marine habitats in the Prince Edward Islands and knowledge of key stakeholders and scientists that could contribute to a habitat map for the Exclusive Economic Zone around the islands. Applicants must be able to demonstrate an ability to synthesise literature and data
sources and use expert judgement to formulate sensible scientific recommendations.
Experience should include at least 4 peer reviewed publication outputs. Experience in seabed image processing is an advantage.


A fellowship of R150,000 for a period of six (6) months is available.  The funding will be transferred to NMMU and the postdoctoral fellow will need to be registered there (although not necessarily based in Port Elizabeth) for the duration of the fellowship.


Six (6) months


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 record; two letters of reference; and a short project outline. If available, also include a letter from an established researcher at NMMU stating they would be willing to act as a host for the candidate. Send all documents to with “SANBI PEI
postdoctoral fellowship” in the subject line.

To discuss details of potential research projects please contact: Dr Kerry Sink;

Applications close 13 January 2017, and the successful candidate will be notified by 31 January 2017.

SANBI reserves the right not to fill this bursary. If no response has been received within 21 days of the closing date, candidates may assume that their applications were unsuccessful.

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