Pan African Bioinformatics Network for H3Africa

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Bioinformatics and Metagenomics (2013 - 2015)

A postdoctoral position in the bioinformatic analysis of metagenomic data is available for a suitably qualified PhD graduate for up to 3 years, renewable based on performance and progress. The successful applicant will pursue research in IMBM, in a project aimed to mine metagenomic next generation sequence data from extreme environments for biotechnologically relevant genes which can be developed as products in the bioenergy, agricultural and human medicine sectors.

Minimum requirements:

PhD in bioinformatics obtained within the last 5 years.

Additional requirements:

Experience and skill in molecular biology techniques
Good communication (written and verbal) and interpersonal skills, and computer literacy are absolute

Duties and Expectations:

  • Develop a research track record and independence;
  • Produce high-quality peer-reviewed research outputs;
  • Assist with the co-supervision of postgraduate students;
  • Contributing to academic and intellectual leadership within the IMBM research group


The Institute for Microbial Biotechnology and Metagenomics (IMBM), a research unit within the Department of Biotechnology, is dedicated to excellence in research and in the training of future research leaders. IMBM additionally contributes to the Department’s undergraduate teaching and activities. IMBM is accommodated in the New Life Sciences Building, providing state of the art research facilities and equipment, which includes the Next Generation Sequencing Facility. Current research interests within the Institute include Environmental Microbiology, Metagenomics, Applied Genomics, Nanotechnology, Marine Biotechnology, Enzymology and Structural Biology. The Department and Institute together currently encompass fourteen full-time members of staff in teaching and research and more than 120 postgraduate students.


Interested applicants should send a letter of motivation, CV, PhD synopsis, certified copy of PhD degree, and a list of three references with their email addresses to: 

Prof Marla Tuffin, Acting Director of IMBM, UWC. E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Website: www.imbm.co.za

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