October 21, 2020
Apply for a Mellon-funded Postdoctoral position (University of Cape Town)

A Mellon-funded Postdoctoral position is available in the programme in the Anthropology of the First Thousand Days of Life at the University of Cape Town. The research programme examines how new forms of knowledge are shaping policy and intervention in reproduction and early childhood. Details are available here.

Scholars within five years of their PhD whose work is germane to the programme are invited to apply for the position. We particularly welcome scholars interested in infant mental health. The Postdoctoral grant is valued at R210 000 per annum, renewable for a total of two years (2021-22) on the basis of satisfactory academic progress and availability of funds. No benefits or allowances are included in the value of the fellowship.

The successful candidate will hold a PhD degree, preferably with experience in conducting ethnographic research. They may not previously have held full-time permanent professional or academic posts.

Candidates will be expected to participate fully in the life of the project, to mentor junior scholars and to develop their own research outputs. They will also be required to conduct research with the Infant Mental Health project. They may be invited to teach and supervise, subject to the limits on Postdoctoral researchers. The successful candidate will be required to register for full-time study in Anthropology at UCT and comply with the University’s approved policies, procedures and practises for the postdoctoral sector.

To apply, please send: A letter of application describing your work and how it fits with the theme; a CV (including research activities and outputs); your academic transcripts; and two letters of reference from academics who have taught, supervised or worked alongside you.

Please send your query or completed application to Prof Fiona Ross (Fiona.Ross@uct.ac.za). Applications are due 13th November 2020. Eligible and complete applications will be considered by a committee. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. The University of Cape Town reserves the right to disqualify ineligible, incomplete and/or inappropriate applications and to change the conditions of award or to make no awards at all.