Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Agricultural Economics
University of the Free State Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences
South Africa

Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences  
Department of Agricultural Economics

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship  

Job ID: 4160

The University of the Free State (UFS) invites applications from suitably qualified candidates for a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Agricultural Economics. 

The following Post-Doctoral Fellowship is available to support activities in the discipline of Agricultural Economics.

Research area: Agricultural drought resilience; coping and adaptation to climate change; policy intervention impact assessment; and economic considerations in land use planning activities.

The successful applicant will be expected to engage in full-time Post-Doctoral studies under the supervision of Prof. Yonas T. Bahta in the Department of Agricultural Economics.

Duties and responsibilities:

• Conduct innovative research in either one or more of the following areas: agricultural drought resilience; coping and adaptaion to climate change; policy intervention impact assessment; economic considerations in land use planning activities; experience with economterics and mathematical programming such as STATA, GAMS, R and/or Pythone, SAM, CGE modeling, and other quantitative methodologies is an advantage.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills.
• Ability to meet project deadlines.
• Author/co-author at least three (3) publication outputs per year in the form of DHET– accredited scholarly journal articles. The renewal of the fellowship beyond the first year depends on satisfactory performance and the submission of an annual progress report.
• Initiate projects and seek funding for them.
• Must be able to work with different types of data.
• Register and reside as postdoctoral research fellow at the UFS and participate in relevant activities of the School of Postgraduate Studies and the Directorate of Research.
Minimum Requirements:

• Graduated with a PhD degree in a relevant discipline within the last five years.
• Successful applicants may not hold full-time salaried employment during the fellowship.
• Successful applicants must be able to relocate to the UFS for the duration of the fellowship. This is a residential fellowship: the successful applicant is required to spend 80% of her/his postdoctoral period at the UFS.
• Open to all South African and foreign nationals for full-time research at the University if the Free State. 

Comprehensive applications are invited, comprising of: 

• Motivation letter, including a 1-2 page outline of relevant expertise and experience
• Full CV including a list of research publications, conference papers and other scholarly output
• Certified transcripts of academic record and copy of doctoral degree certificate
• Copy of ID document (or copy of passport in the case of foreign applicants)
• Contact details of three/two academic referees who have taught/supervised the candidate

Value of the fellowship:

• R 220,000 annual fellowship.
• R 30,000 additional research expenses fund.


• Applications must be sent to Prof. Yonas T. Bahta at:  
• Shortlisted applicants will be contacted.
• Successful individuals will be contacted.

The successful incumbent may be considered for a permanent position if their performance is satisfactory during the post-doctoral term. 

The Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural and Natural Sciences reserves the right not to make an appointment to this advert. 

Closing date: 

14 February 2022

Commencement of fellowship: 

As soon as possible.

For enquiries, please contact:

• Prof. Yonas T. Bahta at:  


The University reserves the right not to fill the post. The University subscribes to and applies the principles prescribed by the Employment Equity Act. Preference will be given to candidates from the designated groups, in accordance with the principles of the aforementioned act and the employee profile of the specific department/division. 

The University processes personal information in line with its obligations under the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) and any personal information provided to the University will be treated as confidential and processed in accordance with the rights provided to data subjects under POPIA. 

The UFS will only consider applications of candidates who meet all the inherent requirements of the position. Applications that are incomplete will not be considered. Communication will be limited to shortlisted candidates only. Should you not be contacted within six weeks of the closing date for applications, you may assume that your application was unsuccessful.


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