Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Cardiothoracic Surgery

University of the Free State Faculty of Health Sciences

South Africa

Faculty of Health Sciences
Department Cardiothoracic Surgery 
Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

Job ID: 3452

The Robert WM Frater Cardiovascular Research Centre at the University of the Free State (UFS) is offering a Postdoctoral fellowship to an exceptional, accomplished young and emerging researcher to conduct research in the development of small animal and in vitro atherosclerotic models, and test the effect of drug combinations in these models. 
The fellowship will enable an outstanding doctoral graduate to obtain experience of research and innovation at a higher education institution under the mentorship of established researchers.

The fellowship is awarded on a competitive basis, taking into account the applicants' academic achievements, publication outputs and research potential, as well as the relevance of prior experience and expertise. The fellowship is available for a period of one year, renewable for up to three years subject to satisfactory performance. The selected candidate will reflect the University's equity and diversity imperatives, including those for gender, racial/cultural and intellectual diversity.

Duties and responsibilities:

• Conduct innovative research in Cardiovascular Pharmacology.
• Author/co-author at least three (3) publication outputs per year in the form of DHET– accredited scholarly journal articles or books/chapters in books. The renewal of the fellowship beyond the first year depends on satisfactory performance and the submission of an annual progress report.
• Support and supervision of PhD and Master students as needed.
• Register and reside as a Postdoctoral research fellow at the UFS and participate in relevant activities at the Department and the University.

Eligibility requirements:

• Open to all South African and foreign nationals for full-time research at the University of the Free State.
• Graduated with a PhD degree in Pharmacology, Physiology, Molecular Biology or related discipline in the last 5 years.
• Experience in animal studies and/or cell cultures is advantageous.
• The successful applicant will demonstrate exceptional academic performance and intellectual potential.
• The successful applicant will demonstrate the potential to contribute to the creation of knowledge in their future academic careers.
• The successful applicant may not hold full-time salaried employment during the fellowship.
• The successful applicant 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.

Value of the fellowship:

• R 220,000 annual fellowship (not taxable).
• R 30,000 additional research expenses fund.


To apply kindly send the documents as indicated below in an e-mail to Dr. Angélique Lewies at (

• 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.
• Full 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 two academic referees who have taught/supervised the candidate.

Closing date:

31 August 2020.

Commencement of fellowship:

As soon as possible (no later than 01 January 2021).

For enquiries, please contact:

Dr Angélique Lewies, Email:, Phone: +27 76 7346 378


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 UFS will only consider applications of candidates who meet all the inherent requirements of the position.  Applications that are incomplete or sent by fax or e-mail, 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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