Research Assistantship

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The Water Research Commission of South Africa is sponsoring a research project on drought tolerance of indigenous and underutilized crops.

An important aspect of the research is to calibrate and test crop models using experimental data collected in this project.

The aim is develop a tool that can be used to investigate production options for small scale farmers in South Africa.

The successful candidate will work with experienced South African crop scientists to select appropriate models, determine model parameters and calibrate and test models for local conditions.

Research outcomes will include chapters in a research report, papers in scientific journals and possibly a Ph.D. thesis.

The period of the assistantship is for either two years (post doctoral fellow) or three years (Ph.D. student).

The person will be based in Durban, South Africa.


  • A M.Sc. or Ph.D. in crop science, agronomy, soil science, agrometeorology or related field,
  • Knowledge in crop modelling and crop water relations, and
  • Proven ability to effectively use software to quantitatively analyse crop experimental data and simulate crop and soil processes.
  • The capacity to conduct independent research, and
  • The ability to communicate effectively and write scientific papers.

    Assistantships will cover a stipend and full tuition fees if applicable.

    Deadline: 30th August

    For more information and application, visit: Research Assistantship Website

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