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Post‐doctoral position: benthic stress indicators – University of Cape Town (South Africa).

Location: University of Cape Town.

Contract Period: 2 years

Funding: R 200 000.00 per year

Starting date: 1st July 2023

Deadline for application: 31st May 2023 

The Role

We are looking for a post‐doctoral scientist to join our research program aimed at identifying benthic stress indicators in Langebaan Lagoon on the west coast of South Africa. The project aims to utilise a unidirectional gradient of human disturbance (bait collecting, recreation and trampling) to understand disturbance effects on a range of ecological response variables (benthic algae, sandprawn population and reproductive metrics, benthic macrofaunal communities) and to identify ecological indicators of recreational disturbance that can be used for ecosystem management. The broad project involves interdisciplinary collaboration between Assoc Prof Deena Pillay (Supervisor, University of Cape Town, South Africa), Prof Ursula Scharler (University of KwaZulu‐Natal, South Africa), Assoc Prof Candida Savage (University of Otago, New Zealand) and Assoc Prof Agnes Karlson (Stockholm University, Sweden).


Applicants should have: 

1.A PhD in Marine Ecology/Benthic Ecology/Community Ecology/Statistical Ecology or related disciplines

2.A strong publication record relative to experience

3.Strong numerical/statistical/process modelling skills (experience with path analysis/sequential equation modelling/network analysis will be advantageous)

4.Experience in quantifying benthic ecosystem functions is advantageous

Application Process

Applications should be submitted as one single pdf file, including a CV, list of publications, personal
background describing research interests (1–2 paragraphs), research experience (1–2 paragraphs), and
career goals (1–2 paragraphs). Please include the contact details of two referees. Applications should be
submitted to [email protected].

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