University of Cape Town Junior Research Fellow - Climate and Development Jobs in South Africa

University of Cape Town Junior Research Fellow - Climate and Development Jobs in South Africa

  • The African Climate and Development Initiative (ACDI) invites applications for the post of Junior Research Fellow, funded through the Carnegie Developing Emerging Academic Leaders (DEAL) programme. The ACDI is a University Research Institute at UCT that coordinates and enhances research and teaching on climate change and development across faculties, academic departments and research groupings.

  • The Junior Research Fellowship is an academic position that aims to support an emerging researcher to build and establish their own independent research career within one of ACDI’s thematic focus areas (see below). The JRF will be mentored by one or more senior researchers within ACDI, with support from the Director and Deputy Director,
    and will also be expected to participate in UCT’s researcher development programmes, and other activities as a DEAL scholar such as writing retreats. A JRF is expected to have completed a minimum of two years post-doctoral
    research, and to have demonstrated their potential to become an established researcher (see requirements below).

  • The Carnegie Developing Emerging Academic Leaders (DEAL) programme has a focus on African early career researchers, so we particularly encourage applications from citizens from South Africa and other African countries.

    ACDI is seeking candidates who propose an innovative initial two-year research programme in one of the following priority areas:

  • Climate risk and catastrophe modelling in Africa

  • Economics and financing of climate adaptation

  • Governance of interacting climate and non-climate risks and crises

  • Synergies in poverty, inequality and climate action

  • This is a two-year position, with the possibility of extension subject to performance
    and funding availability.

    Requirements qualifications and experience:

    • A PhD degree from any discipline across the social, economic, arts and sciences, in a topic relevant to the above listed areas of climate change

    • Between two and six years of post-doctoral experience on topics relevant to the above listed areas of climate change, ideally with a in focus Africa

    • An excellent publication record (in terms of both quantity and quality) for a researcher at their career stage

    • Experience in supervising or co-supervising student research at one or more of Honours, Masters or PhD levels

    • Able to work collaboratively in interdisciplinary and/or transdisciplinary teams

    • Skilled at communication of complex and conceptual ideas to a range of groups

    • Ability to work independently, under pressure, and to meet deadlines

    Advantageous experience:

    • Lecturing at the postgraduate (Honours or Masters) level

    • Understanding of methods and approaches used in engaged and transdisciplinary research

    • Grant proposal writing and research project management or co-management experience

    Responsibilities include:

    • Delivering an internationally competitive research project, in partnership with others in ACDI

    • Contributing strongly to one of ACDI’s thematic research areas

    • Building research collaborations across the ACDI network

    • Contributing to ACDI research proposal development

    • Actively contributing to ACDI’s overall strategy, activities and culture

    • Up to 10 hours teaching per semester on ACDI’s interdisciplinary Masters programme

    • Supervising a maximum of two Masters students at any one time

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; University of Cape Town Junior Research Fellow - Climate and Development Jobs in South Africa

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