Job Opportunity
 

Job Opportunity

Information on System Dynamics related opportunities


Institute for Coastal and Marine Research (ICMR)
Nelson Mandela University (NMU)

Position Details

In September this year, the Department of Science and Technology (DST), through the National Research Foundation (NRF), awarded a grant to develop a Community of Practice (CoP) in Marine Science in the Eastern Cape. The recipients of the grant include a transdisciplinary team of marine researchers from Nelson Mandela University (NMU), Rhodes University (RU), the University of Fort Hare, the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity, the South African Environmental Observation Network, and the Climate
Service Center in Germany (GERICS). The team is led by six DST/NRF South African Research Chairs (see the media release copied below), but the Posdoctoral candidate will work with a much broader team including GERICS climate change scientists (Dr Louis Celliers and Dr Maria Manez), a resource economist (Prof. James
Blignaut, ASSET Research), an ecosystem service modeler (Myles Mander, FutureWorks), an ecosystem modeler specializing in network analysis tools (Prof. Ursula Scharler, University of KwaZulu-Natal) and an anthropologist and Pew Fellow in Marine Science, Prof. Shankar Aswani (RU). Prof. Kevern Cochrane (also
RU), a global leader in the integration of the natural and human sciences in informing marine management, is an advisor to the project. The aim of the CoP is to develop scenarios for marine spatial planning in Algoa Bay, to inform the drafting
of area-based plans required under South Africa’s new marine spatial planning legislation. The team is taking a ‘Systems Thinking’ approach, and seeks a Postdoctoral Fellow to contribute towards the
development of a dynamic simulation model of the Algoa Bay system. The model, constructed using tools such as agent-based models, network analysis models and Vensim software, will describe the relationships between different components in the Bay – these components will include coastal and ocean governance,
the bio-physical system, and the social system, all within a changing climate. Experience in applying Systems Thinking or Systems Dynamics Modelling will be an advantage but candidates who have a keen interest and willingness to work across scientific disciplines are encouraged to apply. Expressions of interest are invited from candidates who have graduated with a PhD in the last five years
(South African citizenship is not a requirement).

Contact phone, fax and/or email

Prof. Mandy Lombard (DST/NRF SARChI Chair: Marine Spatial Planning, NMU)
[email protected]

Position title Postdoctoral Fellowship
Job location

Ocean Sciences Campus at the Nelson
Mandela University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Required Skills

Experience in applying Systems Thinking or Systems Dynamics Modelling will be an advantage but candidates who have a keen interest and willingness to work across scientific disciplines are encouraged to apply.
Expressions of interest are invited from candidates who have graduated with a PhD in the last five years
(South African citizenship is not a requirement). 

Salary Range/

Benefits

 

Value and tenure: The value of the fellowship is ZAR 240,000 per annum. No benefits or travel allowances are included in the value of the fellowship. The fellowship is tenable for 1 year, starting in early 2018, with the possibility for renewal for a second year, dependent on performance.

Additional Information

Please provide a CV, short motivation regarding your interest in this project, and the email addresses of two academic references.
Applications close on 15 December 2017.

URL to host organization

http://mandela.ac.za/

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