Centre for Microbial Ecology and Genomics (CMEG)

University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa

Three Post-Doctoral positions in the field of microbial metagenomics are currently available in CMEG, one of the University of Pretoria’s leading research institutes. Posts are offered on a 1-year basis (renewable for up to 3 years, subject to performance) and carry a non-taxable stipend of R200,000 per annum.

Successful applicants will have a PhD in a relevant field (e.g., microbial ecology, microbial genetics, metagenomics, genomics and bioinformatics). Previous post-doctoral experience and a record of good publications will be an advantage.

The research projects available are in the field of hot and cold desert microbial ecology and metaviromics. Most projects are in collaboration with other national and/or international laboratories.

For more information, contact Prof Cowan on don.cowan@up.ac.za. For background information, check out www.up.ac.za/CMEG.  Applications (comprising a covering letter, full CV, copies of degree certificates and the names of 3 referees) should be submitted electronically to the e-mail above.

Postdoctoral research projects in CMEG

  1.  Microbial ecology of Arctic tundra soils (in collaboration with Dr Ian Hogg, Canadian High Arctic Research Station, Cambridge Bay, Canada and Dr Eric Bottos, Thompson Rivers University, Canada). The project will involve an integrated physicochemical and meta-omic study (metagenomics, metatranscriptomics and metabolomics) to investigate changes in Arctic tundra soil microbial population structure and function through an annual cycle.
  1. Metaviromics of hot desert soils (in collaboration with Professor Anna-Lise Williamson and Professor Ed Rybicki, University of Cape Town). This study aims to investigate the changes in phage populations in hot desert soils in response to wetting events and in relation to changes in bacterial host populations. The underlying question relates to the changing role of bacteriophage in host population dynamics in desiccated and wetted soils.
  1. Functional characterisation of novel N-turnover genes and enzymes in Antarctic soils (in collaboration with Dr Max Ortiz, CMEG). A novel clade of Glutamine Synthase genes has been identified in soil metagenomes from extremely oligotrophic Antarctic soils.  The project will involve the functional expression of these genes and the structure/function characterisation of the novel enzymes.
Application deadline: Open until filled
Start date: TBD
Location: University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa