University of Cape Town Postdoctoral Fellowship in South Africa, 2017



University of Cape Town is delighted to offer a postdoctoral fellowship in heterogeneous catalysis in the synthesis gas program of change for the academic session of 2017. The fellowship is available for South African applicants to pursue the postdoctoral programme.

The aim of the fellowship is to develop an understanding of specific aspects of Fischer-Tropsch and related synthesis with emphasis on catalyst preparation and characterisation.

The University of Cape Town (UCT) is a public research university located in South Africa. it is jointly the oldest university in South Africa. UCT is the highest-ranked African university in the QS World University Rankings, the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, and the Academic Ranking of World Universities.

Course Level: The fellowship is available to pursue the postdoctoral program.

Study Subject: The fellowship is awarded in the area of heterogeneous catalysis in the synthesis gas program of c*change.

Scholarship Award: The fellowship will cover the following:

  • The Fellowship is valued at R180,000 to R390,000 per annum and does not include any fringe benefits. The Fellowship is renewable for two further years, contingent on satisfactory academic progress and on the availability of funds. Application to the SARS for tax-exemption is made by the University on behalf of the successful candidate.

Numbers of Scholarships: One fellowship is available.

Scholarship can be taken in South Africa

Eligibility: Applicants must meet the following area for the scholarship:

  • Eligible applicants must hold a PhD degree in Heterogeneous Catalysis by metal catalysts. The PhD must have been granted within the past 5 years or provide satisfactory evidence that the PhD thesis has been submitted for examination should be provided.
  • Applicants may not have held any permanent academic or professional posts. Applicants with specific experience in Fischer-Tropsch synthesis, techniques of product analysis (including GC-MS), catalyst and nano materials preparation and characterisation will be given preference.
  • The successful candidate will be encouraged to conduct his/her own self-initiated research during the tenure of the fellowship under the supervision of Prof Michael Claeys, and will be expected to register as a PDRF at UCT by no later than 31 July 2017. All registered postdoctoral research Fellows

Nationality: South African applicants are eligible for the fellowship.

College Admission Requirement

Entrance Requirement: Applicants must be PhD.

How to Apply: Applicants can apply by post.

  • Suitable candidates are required to provide the following:
  • A letter of application expressing research experience and interests;
  • Certified copies of all academic transcripts;
  • A full CV, including details of publications; and
  • Names and addresses of at least two academic referees, with whom the applicant has worked.

Application Deadline: The application deadline is September 15, 2017.

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