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 used in 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 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 one, full-time, post-doctoral position commencing in March 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter. Applications are invited from candidates who have received a PhD five years ago or less, in environmental science/studies, ecology, social sciences, resource economics or interdisciplinary studies related to ecosystem services use, values and perceptions. A strong background in quantitative data analysis will be an advantage but is not a prerequisite.

The scholarship 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 on project-based, work-related field trips.

The fellowship will be awarded for a 12-month period in the first instance, with the possibility of extension for a further two years 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) (i) a strong background in quantitative data analysis and (ii) proficiency in at least one other national language of South Africa.

To apply, please send (i) a full CV, (ii) name and contact details of three recent referees, (iii) an academic transcript and (iv) a letter of motivation. Please send the applications to Charlie Shackleton ( by 31 January 2023.