Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Research Fellowship

Designation/Position- Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

Stellenbosch University, South Africa invites application for Postdoctoral Research Fellowship position from eligible and interested candidates 

About- Stellenbosch University (SU) is home to an academic community of 29 000 students (including 4 000 foreign students from 100 countries) as well as 3 000 permanent staff members (including 1 000 academics) on five campuses. ​The historical oak-lined university town amongst the Boland Mountains in the winelands of the Western Cape creates a unique campus atmosphere, which attracts local and foreign students alike. On the main campus, paved walkways wind between campus buildings – some dating from previous centuries; others just a few years old. Architecture from various eras attests to the sound academic foundation and establishment of an institution of excellence. This, together with the scenic beauty of the area; state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly facilities and technology, as well as visionary thinking about the creation of a sustainable 21st-century institution, makes for the unique character of Stellenbosch University.

Research/Job Area- Health Sciences/Agriculture/Humanities

Project Title- Research Chair in Food Environments, Nutrition & Health

Location- Stellenbosch University, South Africa


The candidate must possess a relevant doctoral degree PhD
(Health Sciences/Agriculture/Humanities) obtained in the past 5 years.
• Previous experience in Human nutrition research
• Familiarity with the South African health trajectory
• Computing literacy, with emphasis on Statistical packages and analysis for both
qualitative and quantitative data.
Please note that postdoctoral fellows are not appointed as employees and their
fellowships are awarded tax free. They are therefore not eligible for employee

Job/Position Description-  Food environments research involve the study of cognitions, process and behaviours by which people in the household consider, select, prepare, distribute and consume foods. Food choice is an integral social and economic expression of identities, preferences and cultural meanings in many societies; and ultimately influences nutrient intakeand health.
Understanding drivers of food choice or nutrition is important in order to understand the
manifestation of triple burden of disease. Potential topics in Food Environments, Nutrition and Health programme includes: Studies that provide a conceptual understanding of the factors that influence food choice and distribution in the household; Investigation of how changes in food environments and food systems influence food choice and nutrition transition; Investigation of how climate change affects nutrition and food security; Investigate Household determinants of triple burden of disease; Investigation of differential decision making within household around who eats
what, how much, and when, based on age, gender, culture and other household dynamics; Investigation of food accessibility, availability and consumption; An Investigation of the extent individuals exercise their degree of autonomy or decision power with regard to food choice and environment; Design of potential interventions based on data above to influence food choices and behaviour change to impact on manifestation of triple burden of disease targeting women and children.

Commencement of duties: February 2019

How to Apply- Send a letter of application, accompanied by a comprehensive
curriculum vitae, including list of publications and the names and contact details of at least two referees, to Prof XG Mbhenyane – [email protected]

Applicants should request their referees to forward confidential reports by the closing date direct to the same address.

For Contact- Prof XIKOMBISO MBHENYANE , RD (SA), PhD, MBA; Professor and Research Chair in Food Environments, Nutrition and Health; Division of Human Nutrition, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences; Stellenbosch University.

Last Date for Apply– 30 October 2019

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