The TIA/UFS Research Platform at the University of the Free State (UFS) is offering Postdoctoral fellowships to exceptional, accomplished young and emerging researchers to conduct full-time research in bacterial diversity and environmental bioremediation. The selected candidates will reflect the university's equity and diversity imperatives, including those for gender, racial/cultural, and intellectual diversity.

The research funding of this fellowship is of outstanding value (details available on request) due to the nature of these cross-disciplinary collaborative efforts. The fellowship is renewable for a second year depending on satisfactory progress within UFS system as well as external evaluations.


  • Fellowships are open to South African and foreign nationals for full-time research at the University of the Free State.
  • The minimum requirement is a PhD in Biochemistry, Biotechnology or related discipline.
  • Demonstrated experience in Bioinformatics and Bioremediation is highly favoured.
  • Successful applicants will demonstrate exceptional academic performance and intellectual potential.
  • Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis, taking into account the applicants' academic achievements, publication outputs, and research potential.
  • Successful applicants will demonstrate potential to contribute to the creation of knowledge in their future academic careers.
  • Successful applicants may not hold full-time salaried employment during the tenure of the award.


  • Motivation letter, articulating the applicant’s career ambitions and scholarly motivation, as well as details of her/his major scholarly/academic accomplishments to date.
  • Full Curriculum Vitae (CV), including a list of all research publications.
  • Full transcripts of academic record.
  • Copy of doctoral degree certificate.
  • Copy of ID document (copy of passport in the case of non-South African applicants)
  • Full contact details of three references.

To apply for these positions, send an email to

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