Post-doctoral research fellowship (Water resilience and environmental health) (Future Water)

University of Cape Town
Cape Town, South Africa
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Supported by the Carnegie Corporation Developing Emerging Academic Leaders (DEAL) programme (2021-2022), the Future Water (FW) research institute at UCT is seeking a dynamic and motivated postdoctoral fellow to join a diverse multi-disciplinary team working on research projects broadly focused on alleviating water scarcity. Recent developments with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the need to diversify water sources, have brought public health and environmental toxicology aspects related to water and sanitation provision into sharp focus. For this reason, this fellowship will be used to support an early-career researcher with a strong background in the environmental sciences and public health and an interest in public engagement, policy development and citizen science in the area of integrated water resource management, resource recovery and environmental health. The fellow will be engaged in a field of research that intersects with the more technically-focused (i.e. engineering and environmental chemistry) water issues – i.e. public health and environmental anthropology.

Suitable candidates must have, within the past five years, graduated, or shortly expect to graduate, with a PhD in an appropriate discipline (e.g. environmental science, (bio)toxicology, environmental anthropology, environmental health), but they may not have held any prior permanent professional or academic posts. They must have a keen interest in team-based research which focuses on the challenges faced in attempts to alleviate water scarcity, and on means to address those challenges. Candidates will be selected based on research excellence (as evidenced by a strong publication record), a capacity for transdisciplinary, engaged research (including supervision of postgraduate students across relevant disciplines) research fundraising capabilities, and an ability to contribute to knowledge translation and stakeholder engagement work.

Future Water provides excellent skills development and mentorship opportunities for researchers intending to pursue an academic or research career and encourages postdoctoral fellows to become involved in project initiation and development, and the supervision of postgraduate students. The fellowship is tenable for two years, and the PDRF is expected to take it up in January 2021, to be renewed for 2022 on conditions of satisfactory progress. However, motivations for a delayed starting date of no later than 1 April 2021 will be considered. The value of the fellowship will be commensurate with the applicant’s qualifications and experience as will be discussed with the successful candidates; and in compliance with SARS policy, will be exempt from taxation. The successful candidates will be required to register as Postdoctoral Fellows (PDRFs) at UCT and to comply with the university’s policies and practices of the PDRF sector.

To apply, candidates are invited to send a cover letter outlining their interest in the position, CV including research experience, a list of research outputs and the contact details of two appropriate referees by e-mail to by no later than 4 December 2020. Selection of eligible candidates will be made by the Director of Future Water and a sub-committee drawn from academics in the Institute. More information about the Future Water research institute is available at

The University of Cape Town reserves the right to disqualify ineligible, incomplete and/or inappropriate applications, to change the conditions of award and to make no awards at all.