Reference Number: NZG/006/2022
The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) is looking to appoint a highly motivated individual to lead evolutionary genomics and population genetics research in the Foundational Biodiversity Science Division of SANBI. This position is essential for SANBI to deliver on its mandate under the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act as relating to species delineation and provide foundational biodiversity information to inform decision making on the genetic management of wildlife.
This position requires a PhD in Conservation genetics/ Population genetics or equivalent relevant qualification at NQF 10, with strong leadership in population genetics and genomics, and a solid track record of proven impact through the development and application of molecular technologies proven ability to develop research ideas, publish research findings and raise funds for own research. This position requires 4 years relevant working experience.
The following competencies are required for the candidate to be successful in this position: strong leadership in population genetics and genomics, and a solid track record of proven impact through the development and application of molecular technologies. Proven ability to develop research ideas, publish research findings and raise funds for own research. a proven record and ability to identify and foster key stakeholder relationships in the field(s) of population genetics and genomics and foundational biodiversity science; comprehensive knowledge to ensure that the necessary reagents are stocked, equipment maintenance and repairs as needed, and relevant computational pipelines, and appropriate statistical analysis are developed for genomics and bioinformatics analysis is essential; extensive knowledge of legislation, policies, procedures, processes, practices, systems, and frameworks related to population genetics and genomics is essential; advanced planning, organizing, and problem solving skills; excellent communication (both verbal and written) and interpersonal skills; excellent computer literacy and experience in the application of software tools including (Ms Word, MS Project, PowerPoint, Excel, Internet and Outlook) will be advantageous. The possession of a valid driver’s licence with at least one-year practical driving experience and a willingness to travel is essential.
Key Performance Responsibilities include:
- Lead, conduct and facilitate molecular population genetic research to inform biodiversity management through genomes to biomes
- Develop and apply cutting edge molecular and other genetic tools for application in wildlife populations to minimise genetic erosion and safeguard genetic diversity.
- Inform wildlife management that require genetic data, including designation of population management units, managing hybridization and its consequences, understanding and regulation
- Investigate and translate evolutionary processes to explain the causes of biodiversity using phylogenetic, population genetics, developmental biology and comparative genomics.
- Contribute to relevant national and international platforms for biodiversity management/ conservation
1) An application form must accompany the CV together with a letter motivating why the applicant should be favourably considered for this position, and certified qualifications confirming that the minimum qualifications are met (applicants lacking evidence of meeting minimum qualifications and relevant experience will not be considered).
2) A competency test will be conducted as part of the selection process.
3) Applicants must also provide the full names, addresses and telephone numbers and if possible e-mail addresses of at least three referees.
4) Failure to submit the requested information and reference number shall result in your application not being considered.
Personal Information will be processed by SANBI for purposes of assessing your suitability for the advertised position. SANBI may also share your personal information including special personal information with service providers or third parties, both within the Republic of South Africa and in other jurisdictions, to carry out verification of qualifications and other necessary documents, background and reference checks, competency assessment tests, and criminal record checks. In this regard, by virtue of your application, you acknowledge that SANBI’s authorised verification agent(s) and service providers will access your personal information including special personal information to conduct background screening, verification of qualifications and other necessary documents, reference checks, competency assessment tests, and criminal record checks. For more information, kindly refer to SANBI’s website.
Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. SANBI reserves the right not to fill this position. All applications will be considered with the understanding that, in terms of the SANBI Employment Equity Plan, preference will be given to candidates from the designated groups.
Contact Dr Theresa Sethusa on Tel: +27 (0)82 323 2652 for any queries for purposes of clarity. Applications consisting of the completed application form, motivation letter, a concise CV, and certified qualifications are to be submitted via an e-mail to email@example.com. Postal applications must be addressed to: Assistant Director: Human Resources Operations, South African National Biodiversity Institute, Private Bag X101, Pretoria, 0001.
Candidates are expected to be available for selection interviews on a date and time as determined by SANBI. If no response has been received within 30 days of the closing date, candidates must consider their applications unsuccessful.
Closes: Friday, 22 April 2022
Job type: Permanent
Salary: Salary commensurate with a range of inputs and outputs in terms of the SANBI career ladder for scientists