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To Drive the South African Contribution to an EU Horizon 2020 BiodivERsA Project Mountain Invasion Research Network (MIREN) – Maloti-Drakensberg (2021–2023) The Afromontane Research Unit (ARU), University of the Free State (UFS), is a Strategic Research Hub in the UFS, and an international player in mountain research. The ARU – as part of the Mountain Invasion Research Network (MIREN) – has successfully secured an EU Horizon 2020 BiodivERsA Project: Mechanisms underlying the success and impacts on biodiversity and ecosystem functioning of range-expanding species under climate change (“RangeX”). (See next page for details). The ARU is inviting applications from suitable candidates for a three-year POST-DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP (2021–2023) that will drive the ARU contribution to this project. This will include leading and managing a remote, high-elevation experiment site on the summit of the Maloti-Drakensberg; widespread interaction with local managers and policy-makers on mountainous range-expanding species (native and non-native); and leading/participating in associated workshops and events. The Fellow will also be linked to the rest of the Consortium, with opportunities to travel and to interact with visiting Consortium members. In addition to the above, the Fellow will also have the opportunity to be exposed to – and contribute to – the wide range of mountain-related activities being driven by the ARU as a Continental Leader in African Mountain Research. FELLOWSHIP DETAILS:

  • Three years, commencing as soon as possible.

  • The Fellowship is valued at R220,000 per annum, with R30,000 running costs per annum (UFS rates) (total R250,000 per annum).

  • The costs of the project will be covered by the project budget.


  • Candidates will need to have completed their doctorates in the past 2 years (i.e. 2019) to comply with SARS regulations for Fellowships to remain eligible through to 2023.

  • Applications from South African and international candidates are welcomed.

  • Candidates may not hold full-time salaried employment during the tenure of the award.

  • The following intellectual/experience background is essential:

  1. Independence.

  2. Attention to detail.

  3. Excellent project management skills.

  4. Excellent scientific writing skills.

  5. Comfortable and competent with extended stays in a remote region of the Maloti-Drakensberg.

  6. Driver’s Licence.

  7. Valid passport.


  • Detailed Motivation Letter.

  • Full Curriculum Vitae (CV) (including a list of academic outputs to date).

  • Full transcripts of Academic Record.

  • Copy of degree certificates.

  • Copy of South African identity document, or Passport (international candidates).

  • Signed letters of recommendation from three Academic References.

A Fellowship is currently available for this position, and will be awarded on a competitive basis, taking into account the applicants' academic achievements, research prowess, and mountain competency. Performance will be monitored on an annual basis, as per UFS processes. Applications should be submitted electronically to by 15th March 2021. Contact Person: Dr. Ralph Clark: Director: Afromontane Research Unit University of the Free State: QwaQwa Campus Private Bag X13, Phuthaditjhaba, 9866, South Africa Tel: +27 72 439 8981; Email:;

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