The South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity

invites applications from suitably qualified South Africans


(2 year fixed term contract.  Position based in Durban and hosted by UKZN Department of Geological Sciences)

The South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity (SAIAB), based in Grahamstown, is a National Research Facility of the National Research Foundation. SAIAB is world-renowned centre for the study of aquatic biology, with particular emphasis on ichthyology in Africa.

Key responsibilities:
The selected candidate will join the ACEP team and will be responsible for managing the geoscience component of the ACEP marine platform;  Service the data acquisition needs of ACEP projects that utilize the platform;  Undertake own research and publish peer review papers;  Train ACEP platform staff;  Lecture students on instrument use.

The position will assist in fostering multidisciplinary research between geologists and marine biologists, bridging a necessary gap in understanding the marine environment and its habitats.

Minimum requirements:
• PhD (Marine geology / hydrographic surveying) with at least two publications in ISI rated journals
• Proven time conducting multibeam surveys off the east coast of South Africa including equipment setup, patch testing, acquisition, quality control and data processing. Proven experience with a system identical to the ACEP platform would be beneficial (Teledyne Reson Seabat 7101, dms-05 MRU, hypack and hysweep software packages
• Proven experience with sub-bottom profiling including setup, acquisition, quality control and data processing
• Good working knowledge of motion reference units and their integration into multibeam systems
• Must have done at least 30 days of sea-time conducting either multibeam or sub-bottom profiling work
• Must be a proficient swimmer (since work will be conducted off small vessels)
• Candidate must be able to conduct a complete survey independently (Planning, Field work, data acquisition, data processing, product development)
• Experience in supervising and / or lecturing would be advantageous
• Candidate should be willing to be at sea for extended periods (2-3 days on smaller vessels and up to a few weeks on ships)
• Candidate should be willing to integrate well with the greater marine and geological science community in Kwazulu-Natal
• Candidate must be willing to comply with all environmental regulations and will be expected to show due consideration to marine organisms when conducting work

Physical Requirements
• The job duties will require the incumbent to bend, stoop, reach, or stand for extended periods and often adverse conditions.
• The job duties require the incumbent to lift and move heavy objects. (Candidate must be physically fit and strong)
• The job duties will require the incumbent to tread water and swim in adverse conditions at sea and in the surf-zone

Apply for the above position by following the link:

In addition to completing the Career Junction application, it is mandatory for you to complete an official SAIAB application form. This can be found by logging into the SAIAB website: This application form together with a detailed CV and covering letter stating reasons for applying must be submitted to our Human Resources Officer, Ms Bridgette Smith at:   Telephone:  046-6035853.   A full job description of this position can also be found on the SAIAB website. CVs without application forms will not be accepted. 

Job Description

Application form 

• SAIAB reserves the right not to appoint any applicants to this position as advertised
• Correspondence will be conducted with short-listed candidates only.  If you have not been contracted within 8 weeks after the closing date of this advertisement, please accept that you application was unsuccessful.
• The suitable candidate will be subjected to a personnel suitability check (criminal record, citizenship, qualification verification and employment verification).


Closing date:  10th October 2017

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