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Call for Applications: Postdoctoral Fellowships (UWC)


Call for Applications


The Food Environment Research group (a collective from Department of Dietetics and Nutrition, School of Public Health and the DSI/NRF Center of Excellence in Food Security) at the University of the Western Cape under the leadership of Prof Rina Swart is seeking Post-doctoral Research Fellows to work on several studies related to the food environment in South Africa.

Eligible applicants are required to have:

  • completed a PhD in Public Health or a related field in the last five years. For applicants who did not obtain their qualification in South Africa, a valid SAQA certificate should be in hand at the time of application.
  • have a strong academic record with evidence of research experience and peer-reviewed publications.

Additional requirements are provided under each study.

1. Food Consumption patterns in South Africa: The postdoctoral fellow will be responsible for assisting with the management of the National Dietary intake survey 2020-2022. Additional requirements include a nutrition background; knowledgeable of/experience with dietary intake methodology and nutrient analysis. Candidates with training in behavioural science or behavioural economics (with an interest in nutrition/health behaviour) may also be considered. Strong quantitative or qualitative analytical skills will be advantageous.

2. Gut-microbiome and nutrition: Additional requirements include a background in nutrition with an interest in gut-microbiome. Candidates with a background in Microbiology, Biotechnology, Human Biology or Physiology may be considered, provided the candidate has an interest in nutrition. Strong quantitative analytical skills will be advantageous.

3. PURE (Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiology) study: The postdoctoral fellow will be responsible for assisting with management of the 3rd round of data collection and follow up. Applicants with clinical background in either Medicine, Nursing, Human Biology/ Physiology or Nutrition will be considered. Strong quantitative analytical skills will be advantageous.

The positions will provide successful candidates with opportunities including further training, career development, and collaboration with national and international collaborators.

The Postdoctoral Fellows will be required to register at the University of the Western Cape.

The fellowship is initially tenable for one year starting in 2021, and is valued at R200,000 per annum (tax free). Further renewals will be dependent on satisfactory progress and continued funding.

Application Procedure:

Eligible candidates should provide the following:

· A cover letter (1-2 pages) motivating for the candidate’s suitability and identifying the specific project(s) of interest

· A CV including all publications and other scholarly research output

· Evidence of publication record and writing skills (which can be copies of or a link to a relevant previous peer-reviewed publication)

· An academic transcript

· Names and contact details of at least 3 referees who have supervised or worked with the candidate and can speak to their experience and skills

Enquiries and completed application should be emailed to Carnita Ernest, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Use subject heading: Application for Postdoctoral Fellowship (Food Environments).

Completed applications need to submitted by no later than 5pm on 20 December 2020.

Applications by South Africans from historically disadvantaged groups will be prioritized. Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview.

The University the Western Cape reserves the right to change the conditions of award or to make no award at all.

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