The SARChI Chair in Interdisciplinary Science in Land and Natural Resource Use for Sustainable Livelihoods in the department of Environmental Science at Rhodes University focuses on generating interdisciplinary understandings of natural biological resources and their roles in rural and urban livelihoods for poverty alleviation and human wellbeing. This includes the ecological, economic and social dimensions of land and biological resource use in both rural and urban systems. The activities of the Chair are currently led by Professor Charlie Shackleton.

The Dept of Environmental Science is one of the smallest at Rhodes University, but is one of the most research intensive, with high numbers of postgrads and annual research outputs. It is a high energy environment, setting the foundation for innovative and relevant research on the nexus between people and their environment. Trans- and interdisciplinary research approaches informs all that we do and teach, typically within a complex social-ecological systems framework.For further background information please visit the university and department websites.

Applications are invited for one post-doctoral research position with the Chair. The position is open to recent PhD graduates with a background in plant ecology, but with understandings of social-ecological systems and framings. Core aspects of the envisaged research will relate to the sustainability of non-timber forest products harvesting. Interested applicants should have:

  • a PhD in plant ecology
  • completed their PhD within the last 5 years
  • proven ability to publish quality research work
  • be fluent in verbal and written English
  • a valid driver’s licence
  • a strong knowledge of statistical analyses will be an advantage

Candidates should be available to take up the position by 1 October 2019.

The position will be funded through a standard NRF post-doc scholarship of R200,000 p.a. tax free. Reasonable research running costs are also available. It will be offered as a one-year contract, with the possibility for extension twice (i.e. up to three years) based on satisfactory performance.

Application closing date: 15 August2019.

Application: Please send a full CV (including academic transcripts and contact details of three referees) and a motivation letter to Charlie Shackleton at