Junior Research Fellow Job Vacancy at the University of Cape Town ( UCT )

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Junior Research Fellow Job Vacancy at the University of Cape Town ( UCT )


(Fixed term contract; 13 months – ending 31 December 2023)

  • African Climate and Development Initiative
  • Faculty of Science

The African Climate and Development Initiative (ACDI) invites applications for the post of Junior Research Fellow. ACDI is a research institute within the University of Cape Town (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 with post-doctoral experience to build and establish an independent research career. The Junior Research Fellow will work in collaboration with researchers from UCT and Cardiff University, UK, and will be mentored by senior researchers within ACDI. The Junior Research Fellow will also be expected to participate in UCT’s researcher development programmes.

ACDI is seeking candidates to contribute to an innovative research programme on the topic of urban water resilience in Cape Town, South Africa. The Junior Research Fellow will undertake household-facing research exploring water behaviours and practices. Focusing on the period since the drought of 2016-2018, the research will examine how the water crisis was framed and experienced from different perspectives and undertake qualitative research with households to explore how their encounters with water, now and in the past, influence their actions to achieve their own ‘water secure’ future. The focus is on domestic water supplies, the development of ‘self-supply’ options and how revealed practices influence resilience pathways. The research is part of a wider programme of research being undertaken in four countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

This is a fixed-term contract position is available immediately and ending on 31 December 2023.

Junior Research Fellow Job Vacancy at the University of Cape Town ( UCT )

• A PhD degree from any discipline across the social, economic, humanities and natural sciences, in a topic relevant to urban resilience, climate change and/or urban water management
• At least one year of post-doctoral experience on topics relevant to urban water resilience in Africa
• A record of publication suitable to a researcher at their career stage

• Supervising or co-supervising student research at postgraduate level
• 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 and to meet deadlines
• Grant proposal writing and research project management or co-management

Responsibilities include:
• Implement a high-quality research project, in partnership with others in ACDI and the PI at Cardiff University’s School of
Geography and Planning, Dr Adrian Healy
• Conduct interviews
• Analyse survey and interview data
• Convene and organise workshops
• Publish in internationally recognised peer reviewed journals
• Co-lead the development of new project proposals
• Actively contribute to ACDI’s overall strategy, activities and culture
The 2022 annual remuneration package, including benefits, is between R470 033 and R570 033, depending on experience. Informal enquiries about the position: Dr Anna Taylor anna.taylor@uct.ac.za

How to Apply :

To apply, please e-mail the documents below in a single pdf file to Rabia Karriem at rabia.karriem@uct.ac.za

– UCT Application Form (download at http://forms.uct.ac.za/hr201.doc)
– Cover letter, and
– Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Closing date: 14 November 2022

Reference number: E22945

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“UCT is a designated employer and is committed to the pursuit of excellence, diversity, and redress in achieving its equity targets in accordance with the Employment Equity Plan of the University and its Employment Equity goals and targets. Preference will be given to candidates from the under-represented designated groups. Our Employment Equity Policy is available at www.uct.ac.za/downloads/uct.ac.za/about/policies/eepolicy.pdf. “

UCT reserves the right not to appoint.

To apply for this job email your details to rabia.karriem@uct.ac.za