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2017, position open until filled: 

Postdoctoral position to study Southern Ocean phytoplankton acclimation strategies to changes in trace metal availability:

The Trace Metal Experimental and Biogeochemistry Group within the Department of Earth Sciences, Stellenbosch University, Western Cape, South Africa, invites applications for a postdoctoral position. The broader research project examines the biogeochemical cycling of marine trace metals and aims to better understand how the marine chemistry constrains the organisms and vice versa. The postdoctoral fellow will mainly conduct laboratory experiments on the adaptation and acclimation capacities of Southern Ocean phytoplankton to different environmental conditions, specifically changes in trace metal availability. Thus, preference will be given to applicants with expertise in laboratory algal cultures and their interaction with trace metals. Experience with phytoplankton cell isolation, photophysiology and molecular biology (“omics”) is an advantage. Experiments may also be conducted on board R/V SA Agulhas II to study in-situ the relationship between phytoplankton community structure and environmental conditions, including during wintertime and along the ice shelf. Thus, familiarity with work at sea is welcome, but is not a requirement.

Applicants should have a doctoral degree in a related discipline such as Earth Sciences, Chemistry, Biology, and a record of scientific research publications in scholarly journals relavent to this position. Postdoctoral activities will include cold, polar water strains maintenance, experiment design and implementation, data collection, and modelling, as well as dissemination of results in publications and presentations. The applicant may assist with future proposal preparation and will have the opportunity to advise graduate students and, to some extent, support undergraduate teaching and outreach activities. Opportunities for interdisciplinary research exist through collaboration with the other groups in South Africa (e.g., oceanography, biotechnology) and internationally (e.g., GEOTRACES community).

The position is for 24 months, commencing any time before July 2017. Renewal of the position for the second year is subject to performance. For further information about the project and to apply please contact Prof A Roychoudhury ( and Dr Susanne Fietz ( Applications should include, as a single pdf document, a cover/motivation letter, a comprehensive Résumé/CV and a research statement. Please also provide the names and contact information for three professional references.




Bursaries, internships and other opportunities


This page shows you earth science related bursaries and opportunities for e.g. internships. The list is not complete of course, but rather should help you find out which bursaries or internships etc. are available. Where available, we provide information on eligibility and deadlines for application. There will surely be other possibilities not mentioned here, so be inspired and look around in the field of your interest. Good Luck!

Important: We only share the information here. We, as Department of Earth Sciences, do not provide these bursaries and internships, so make sure you follow the link and apply with the respective organisation, not with us! Also note that we share the information to the best of our knowlegde. Since the information comes from other sources, we do not take responsibility that the information is accurate and/or complete. 


Bursary information from Stellenbosch University

A wide variety bursaries and loans for prospective students are available from the University, as well as from private institutions and companies. Detail information regarding bursaries and loans is stated in the Calendar, Part 2 that can be obtained in the same manner as application forms.​

Application forms can be obtained from:

  • Postal Address: Bursaries and Loans (Undergraduate), University of Stellenbosch, Private Bag X1, Matieland 7602

  • SU Client Services Centre, Tel: 021 808 9111, E-mail:

  • Enquiries electronically:




External Bursaries, Prizes and Internships


Dep​artment of Environmental Affairs (DEA) Internship Programme 2018

The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) invites applications from unemployed graduates for the 2018 / 2019 Internship Programme. Positions are available countrywide, across a wide range of fields. Further details are posted here.

​Closing date: 21 December 2017




Call for Applications for

NRF Honours Block Grant Bursaries for 2018


Stellenbosch University Closing Date: 15 January 2018


Kindly bring this opportunity to the attention potential South African citizens or permanent residents of South Africa who intend to pursue their Honours studies in 2018.


Find more information here:


Application and Funding Guide 2018 NRF Honours.pdf


Framework 2018 NRF Honours Bursaries.pdf

Students not eligible

·        Foreign Nationals;

·        Applicants that already hold an Honours’ or Final year B Tech degree;

·         Applicants’ intending to pursue Postgraduate diploma qualification.

·         Applicants’ who full-time employed or work more than 12 hours per week.