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Fully Funded- Food Environment Research Group Postdoctoral Fellowship 2022

Fully Funded- Food Environment Research Group Postdoctoral Fellowship 2022

Fully Funded
Country: South Africa
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Applications are open for the University of the Western Cape Food Environment Research Group Postdoctoral Fellowship 2022. 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.

The positions will provide successful candidates with research and publication opportunities including further training, career development, and collaboration with national and international researchers. The Postdoctoral Fellows will be required to register at the University of the Western Cape, except for project 4 who may register at UNISA.

Postdoctoral Fellowship

  • The fellowships are initially tenable for one year starting in 2022 and are valued at R200,000 per annum (tax-free). A one-year renewal is likely but dependent on satisfactory progress.

Eligibility Required for Postdoctoral Fellowship

  • Candidates must have completed a PhD 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.
  • The field of study should be in Public Health, Nutrition, Health Economics, Medical Sciences, or related fields.
  • Have a strong academic record with evidence of research experience and peer-reviewed publications.
  • Be physically present in South Africa, due to the nature of the research projects.
  • Have not held a previous post-doc appointment.

Additional requirements are provided under each study:

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  • Food Consumption patterns in South Africa: The postdoctoral fellow will be responsible for assisting with the management of the National Dietary intake survey for which data collection will start in February 2022. Additional requirements include a nutrition background; knowledge of/experience with dietary intake methodology and nutrient analysis. Candidates with training in behavioral science or behavioral economics (with an interest in nutrition/health behavior) may also be considered. Strong quantitative or qualitative analytical skills will be advantageous.
  • 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.
  • PURE (Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiology) study: The postdoctoral fellow will be responsible for assisting with the management of the 3rd round of data collection and follow-up. Applicants with clinical backgrounds in either Medicine, Nursing, Human Biology/ Physiology, or Nutrition will be considered. Additional requirement for this position: Fluency in Xhosa is highly desirable. Strong quantitative analytical skills will be advantageous.
  • Cardiovascular, hemostatic, and micronutrient status of pregnant women in urban food environments – the CHAMP study: The postdoctoral fellow will be responsible for assisting with the management of the CHAMP project at UNISA and will work under the supervision of UNISA researchers.

Application Tips

Candidates should provide the following:

  • Firstly, 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 relevant previous peer-reviewed publication).
  • An academic transcript.
  • For those who require a SAQA certificate please include a copy of the certificate.
  • 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.

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Inquiries and completed applications should be emailed to Carnita Ernest, [email protected] with cc to Rina Swart [email protected] Use subject heading: Application for Postdoctoral Fellowship (Food Environments).

Completed applications need to be submitted by no later than 5 pm on 10 January 2022.

Lastly, It is important to visit the official website link found below to access the application form.

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Type of Opportunity Scholarships and Fellowships
Deadline10 January,2022
CountrySouth Africa
Open toAll
OrganizerUniversity of Western Cape
Contact the organizer [email protected]



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