Postdoctoral Fellowship

The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) strives to improve the nation’s health and quality of life by funding and conducting relevant and leading health research.  It further aims to promote equity, career development and progression.  The organisation prides itself on three core values: being pioneering, striving for excellence and working collaboratively.

The SAMRC retains the right not to make an appointment. Should no feedback be received within 30 days of the closing date, kindly consider your application as unsuccessful.

Postdoctoral Opportunity
Unit/Directorate Region Closing date
Postdoctoral Fellowship
Environment & Health Research Unit
EHRU Persistent and Toxic Substance Programme
17 January 2020

The SAMRC Environment & Health Research Unit (EHRU) conducts population-based research on environmental risks to health - with particular emphasis on those living in poverty. We invite applicants for a 3-year, full time postdoctoral fellowship. The successful individuals will work under the EHRU Persistent and Toxic Substance Programme based in Durban.

Discipline details: Eligibility:

Three individual postdoc opportunities exist under the following disciplines

  1. Discipline of Environmental or Public Health
  • Research focus on heavy metal exposure and public health impacts
  1. Discipline of Chemistry
  • Research focus on heavy metal analysis (in collaboration with School of Chemistry at UKZN)
  1. Discipline of Botany
  • Research focus on poisonous plant exposure and human health outcomes (in collaboration with School of Life Sciences at UKZN)
  • A PhD completed within the last 5 years (or completion date of doctoral studies by 31 March 2020)
  • South African citizens

Value and period of the award

  • The value of the award is R350 000 per annum (this amount is taxable)
  • The period of the award is 3 years.

In accordance with the SAMRC’s Employment Equity Plan, preference will be given to suitably qualified candidates from the designated groups. For this reason, we require race, gender and disability status to be specified. Disabled persons are encouraged to apply.


Candidates should provide the following:

  • Cover letter indicating which discipline the applicant wishes to be considered for and how the focus area fits into their current or proposed research plan (max 1 page)
  • CV including two references
  • Copy of full academic transcript/s
  • Certified copy of South African ID

Applications should be emailed to:

For further enquiries, contact Dr. Renée Street at 031 242 3738 or

Start date no later than 30 April 2020.