Post-doc positions available with the SARChI Chair research group on “Interdisciplinary Science in Land and Natural Resource Use for Sustainable Livelihoods” at Rhodes University, Makhanda, South Africa.

The DSI/NRF 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, human wellbeing and resilience. This includes the ecological, economic and social dimensions of key species, land and ecosystem services use in both rural and urban social-ecological systems. The activities of the Chair are currently led by Distinguished Professor Charlie Shackleton.

The Dept of Environmental Science is small but 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 inform all that we do and teach, typically framed through a complex social-ecological systems lens. For further background information please visit the university and department websites.

Applications are currently open for TWO, full-time, post-doctoral positions:

One commencing as early as possible in 2024, and
The second commencing in July/Aug 2024.

Applications are invited from candidates who have received a PhD five years ago or less, in environmental science/studies, plant ecology, applied ecology; ethnobotany, social sciences in relation to use and relational values of wild resources, resource economics or interdisciplinary studies related to ecosystem service and their use, values and perceptions, as applied in rural, peri-urban and urban systems. A strong background in quantitative data analysis will be an advantage but is not a prerequisite.

The post-doc award is R200,000 per annum (tax free) paid quarterly. Reasonable research running costs are also available. The successful candidate will be required to be based at Rhodes University in Makhanda (Grahamstown), except when away work-related field trips or meetings.

The post-doc fellowship will be awarded for a 12-month period in the first instance, with the possibility of extension for a further two years (i.e. three years in total) based on satisfactory performance.

Applicants must have:

Completed a PhD in a relevant discipline (or interdisciplinary) within the last five years
Proven ability to publish quality research work in reputable, peer-reviewed journals
A valid driver’s license
Proficiency in written and verbal English

Additionally, successful candidates are likely to have (but not mandatory) a strong background in quantitative data analysis and proficiency in at least one other national language of South Africa.

To apply, please send a full CV, name and contact details of three recent referees, an academic transcript, and a letter of motivation. Please send the applications to Prof. Charlie Shackleton at, by 12 December 2023.