Current Opportunities: Local
Vacancy: Community Outreach Officer – Cederberg
Organisation: The Cape Leopard Trust
Based: Clanwilliam / Citrusdal
Closing date: 28 Feb 2017
Contact: HadleyLyners, Education Project Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
PhD opportunity to study thermal properties of lizard coloured integument
Attached are the details of a PhD opportunity starting in 2017 to study the thermal properties of lizard coloured integument. The position will be based in Stellenbosch University and in collaboration with the lab of Prof. Matthew Shawkey at Ghent University (Belgium). This is a very exciting opportunity with time spent in both labs: PhD Opportunity_lizard_colour_mds
MSc Project: African Penguin
We invite applications from South African citizens for the below full-time study opportunities at the Coastal and Marine Research Institute at NMMU, a rapidly developing and dynamic centre of excellence in marine zoological and environmental research, encompassing fields from oceanography to top predator ecology and ecosystem modelling.
Recent advances in technology allow exploring previously unseen underwater behaviours of marine top predators, such as diving behaviour and prey capture rate, which allows accurate estimation of energy use of wild animals. African Penguin population has decreased by 70% in the last 10 years with Algoa Bay now hosting half of the global population. Understanding the actual energy that penguins use under different habitat conditions and they respond to changes to prey availability, is crucial, particularly in the context of rapid environmental changes. The project will use a unique combination of dataset, including acoustic surveys of small-scale pelagic fish and penguin-borne miniature video cameras to explore the functional relationships between an endangered marine top predator, the African Penguin, and their prey.
For more information, contact Dr Lorien Pichegru (email@example.com).
Closing date: 28th February 2017
PhD in Behaviour Ecology
PhD Position in Behavioral Ecology: Seasonal Unpredictability and Social Flexibility
The main aim of our research group is to understand evolved physiological mechanisms that allow animals to behave adaptively in a changing environment. We are looking for a PhD candidate to study the effect of the strength of reproductive competition on sociality in the African striped mouse (Rhabdomys pumilio). The PhD student will collect data in Goegap Nature Reserve (Northern Cape Province) during two dry seasons and include these data into a long-term data set. In Goegap, striped mice typically breed in spring from September to November, and have to survive the summer dry season (January – May) to reproduce in the next spring. However, in some dry seasons (33% of all years), unexpected rainfall allows some individuals to reproduce. While no detailed analysis of summer breeding has been conducted, in summer fewer pups are born than in spring. This indicates that summer breeding is done by fewer individuals than spring breeding, and consequently reproductive competition during summer breeding is weaker than during spring breeding. Using the available long-term data of 14 years (2005 to 2018), the student will address the following questions:
- We expect that reduced reproductive competition will lead to more social stability in summer compared to spring, i.e. groups to be more stable in summer.
- What are the costs and the benefits of summer breeding?
- Which males and which females are investing in breeding during the dry season?
The study will entail trapping, radio-tracking and observation of striped mice. For physiological measures, resting metabolic rate will be measured (in Goegap) and hormone concentrations will be determined (in Strasbourg, France). For five dry seasons, genetic fingerprinting data will be available (from the University of Zurich, Switzerland).
We are seeking a highly-motivated, independent candidate with excellent organizational skills. The student must be hard working and enjoy field work. The ideal candidate has a background in animal behavior, behavioral endocrinology, or ecology and evolution.
The student will be supervised by Professor Neville Pillay (University of the Witwatersrand) and co-supervised by Professor Carsten Schradin (CNRS Strasbourg, France, http://www.iphc.cnrs.fr/-Carsten-Schradin-.html).
Data collection will be done at Succulent Karoo Research Station (the striped mouse project http://stripedmouse.com) for 6 months in each of the first 2 years, and data analysis and writing up will be done at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg (https://www.wits.ac.za/apes). Depending on funding, an exchange visit with the CNRS in Strasbourg for hormone analyses might also be possible.
The position is funded for three years, and the salary follows the NRF scale. The position is only available for South African nationals.
The earliest starting date is April 2017 and the student must start in 2017.
Applicants should send a cover letter detailing their motivation and expectations of this position, a CV, PDFs of publications (published, in press or in preparation), PDF of your master thesis, and contact information of at least two referees combined into a single PDF to Neville Pillay (Neville.Pillay@wits.ac.za) and Carsten Schradin (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Deadline: For full consideration, your applications must reach us by the 15th of February 2017. Skype interviews are scheduled for end of February 2017.
Study opportunities at NMMU for 2017:
Current Opportunities: Abroad
100 Scholarships to deserving South African Students for studying in Hungary
South Africa and Hungary governments have signed an agreement offering 100 scholarships to South African students to study at a participating public university in Hungary.
Government has 30 scholarships for students who want to do bachelor, 60 for masters and 10 for those who want to do PhD. Scholarships will cover tuition fees, accommodation, medial insurance and provide small allowance.
Click here for more information: http://www.internationalscholarships.dhet.gov.za/HUNGARYSCHOLARSHIP.html
Applications Open for Empowerment through Education Scholarship Program for Developing Countries!
Deadline: 1 April 2017
The Wells Mountain Foundation (WMF) is currently inviting applications for its Empowerment through Education (ETE) Scholarship Program that will provide undergraduate scholarships to developing country nationals to study in their home country or a neighbouring country.
The scholarship participants will not only be able to improve their own future, but also that of their own communities.
-ETE scholarships range from $300 USD to $3000 USD annually and are provided throughout the undergraduate education of the recipient.
-Maximum scholarship is $3000 USD.
-Average scholarship amount is $1400 USD.
-Tuition and fees
-Books and materials
Applicants must be student, male or female, from a country in the developing world, who:
-Successfully completed secondary education, with good to excellent grades.
-Is applying to university or is working towards earning his or her first undergraduate degree.
-Will be studying in his or her country or another country in the developing world.
-Plans to live and work in his or her own country after graduation.
-Has participated in volunteer service prior to applying for this scholarship and is willing to continue to engage in community service while receiving the Empowerment Through Education scholarship.
-Has some funds available for his or her education, but will not be able to go to school or continue without assistance.
How to Apply
Applicants can apply online via WMF WELLS MOUNTAIN FOUNDATION website http://www.wellsmountainfoundation.org/our-programs/scholarships/
Eligible Countries: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial, Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Federated States of Micronesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, São Tomé and Príncipe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
For more information, please visit the ETE Scholarship Program. http://www.wellsmountainfoundation.org/our-programs/scholarships/program-description/
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