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Junior Research Fellow (Contract)

University of Cape Town | Posted 21-11-2020

Cape Town (Education and Training)


Future Water Research Institute

Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment

Future Water was established in 2016 as a transdisciplinary research institute at the University of Cape Town. Its research

contributes to new thinking, practices and solutions for sustainable water resource use, including attention to water scarcity,
water sensitivity, treatment technologies, resource recovery, governance and social justice. The institute has been founded on
the premise that future water solutions will arise through inter- and transdisciplinary approaches to research in which socio-
economic and technical considerations are addressed jointly. To this end, Future Water, while hosted by the Faculty of
Engineering and the Built Environment, involves academics and researchers from the Faculties of Commerce, Engineering and
the Built Environment, Health Sciences, Humanities, Law and Science. Future Water has been awarded a Junior Research
Fellowship for two years as part of the Carnegie Corporation Developing Emerging Academic Leaders (DEAL) programme (2021-
2022) and therefore invites applications for this fixed-term 2-year contract post available from 1st January 2021. The successful
candidate will be expected to lead a research project exploring socio-relational topics at the intersection of water and
environmental health, including issues like resilience, and will engage in associated scholarly and applied research within Future
Water, working closely with the team drawn from a variety of disciplines.

  • A PhD degree in the field of environmental anthropology/humanities and public health/occupational and environmental
  • Two or more years (up to a maximum of 5 years) appropriate post PhD experience
  • Good qualitative and quantitative research skills
  • Experience in public engagement
  • Experience with higher education academic program administration and development
  • Demonstrated publication track record, aligned with an early stage research career
  • Demonstrated ability in professional writing (including grant writing)
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a member of an inter/trans-disciplinary team
  • Experience with supervision of postgraduate students at Honours and Masters level

Key attributes that will be an advantage include:

  • Strong background in social/environmental sciences and public health (with an environmental focus) or environmental
  • Interest in education, policy development and citizen science in integrated water resource management
  • Interest in alternative methods of engagements, and arts-based research
  • Teaching experience in trans-disciplinary contexts
  • Experience in research co-ordination
  • Strong networking skills


  • Participation in collaborative research with external partners, and building a research profile
  • Leading a research project under mentorship of senior academic within (or associated with) the Future Water institute
  • Writing and editing research reports and publishing of academic papers
  • Presenting research findings at local / international conferences and seminars
  • Support and supervision of research students
  • Assistance in the development of the unit’s Masters programme
  • Assisting in the identification and preparation of research funding opportunities
  • Research coordination, administration and networking (internal and external stakeholders)
  • Participation in UCT Emerging Researcher Programme

The 2020 annual cost of employment, including benefits, is R651 323 (Standard Academic Salary Package).

To apply, e-mail the below documents in a single pdf file to Dr Kirsty Carden at

  • UCT Application Form (download at
  • Cover letter, and
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Please ensure the title and reference number are indicated in the subject line.
An application which does not comply with the above requirements will be regarded as incomplete.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and may be required to undergo a competency test.
Telephone: 021 650 5317 Website:
Reference number: E21133 Closing date: 03 December 2020