An MSc position is available to work on the vegetation ecology of the sub‐Antarctic Prince Edward Islands. The successful candidate will be based in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences at the University of Pretoria, which is developing a focus on distribution patterns of plants in the greater Antarctic region on both local and regional scales. They will be working on invasion pathways to the Sub‐ Antarctic under the supervision of Dr Michelle Greve and Prof Michael Cramer, with an opportunity of conducting fieldwork on Marion Island. They will be integrated into a larger group of postgraduate students working in Sub‐Antarctic ecology. The candidate will work on both field data and  existing datasets and will be expected to run statistical analyses in R and spatial analyses in R and ArcGIS.


  • A BSc honours degree in ecology, environmental science, botany or similar.
  • Experience with remote sensing data.
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Good numerical skills, including competency in Excel.
  • Ability to work independently.



  • Strong statistical background.
  • Knowledge of R and GIS techniques.
  • Experience with working on large datasets.
  • Willingness to conduct field work will be an advantage, but is not a requirement.
  • South African citizenship.

Please note that shortlisted candidates may be asked to undergo a competency tests to ensure adherence to requirements. Preference will be given to equity candidates.


Bursary Value

  • R 70 000 p.a.


Application Requirements

  • Applicants should submit a covering letter, a CV, copies of their academic transcripts, and email addresses and telephone numbers of at least two references that taught or supervised the applicant.
  • The applicant will be based at the University of Pretoria and will be expected to start as soon as possible in 2018.


Please send your application to Michelle Greve ( Applications close on 9 February. For any inquiries, contact Dr Greve at +27-012‐4202487/


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