Wildlife Ranching Economy: 1x Postdoctoral Fellowship

16 February 2018 - 4:00pm

Applications are invited for one postdoctoral fellow to join the SANBI Biodiversity Research, Assessment and Monitoring Division to support research under the wildlife ranching economy. The fellowship will commence in approximately March/April 2018. Funding is available for two years dependent on adequate performance.

Requirements: Candidates must be independent and productive, and have a PhD (at least submitted if not awarded) that is related to biodiversity – preferably mammal/wildlife related. The postdoctoral fellowship is open to anyone who has completed their PhD in the last five years.  An understanding of the wildlife ranching sector in South Africa and the Department of Environmental Affairs’ Biodiversity Economy Strategy would be highly advantageous, as would some economics / statistical background. Applicants must be able to demonstrate an ability to undertake research, synthesise literature and data sources, and find scientific evidence to formulate defendable recommendations. Experience should preferably include peer reviewed publication outputs. Experience in spatial biodiversity planning, or social surveys would be advantageous.

Research Areas:

The aim of this postdoctoral fellowship is to undertake research and analyses relating to the wildlife economy that will inform the National Biodiversity Assessment, improve the evidence base for the Scientific Authority and increase understanding of how the wildlife economy can improve the status of biodiversity. The project will build on the results of a recent SANBI consultancy (a literature review and feasibility study for the categorisation and quantification of the wildlife ranching sector in South Africa, for inclusion in the National Biodiversity Assessment 2018) to formulate research questions, collect data and write up findings relating to:

-  The biodiversity impact (positive/negative) of the wildlife ranching sector, including spatial analyses where possible;

-  A full review of baseline data currently available and advice on national datasets and/or a systemised approach that could collect data on a regular basis;

-  A The potential categorisation of the wildlife ranching sector, and potential subsequent certification of the sector (some work already done in this regard);

-  The policy implications for management and development of the wildlife sector.

It is very likely that workshops with provincial bodies and the wildlife ranching sector will be required as part of the research and/or conceptualisation of the research questions.  

Bursary value: A fellowship of R300,000 per year is available.  The funding will be transferred to the university at which the postdoctoral fellow registers and will be paid to the fellow from the university. Some running expenses will also be made available for the year.

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 project outline. If available, also include a letter from an established researcher at the university of your choice, stating they would be willing to act as a host for the fellowship. Send all documents to students@sanbi.org.za with “SANBI wildlife ranching postdoctoral fellowship” in the subject line.  

Contact details

For academic queries: Prof John Donaldson (j.donaldson@sanbi.org.za)   

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

Applications close:  16 February 2018, and the successful candidate will be notified by

early March 2018.

SANBI reserves the right not to fill this fellowship.

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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