Postdoctoral Fellowship position available at UCT

Division of Clinical Pharmacology Postdoctoral Fellowship


The Division of Clinical Pharmacology at the University of Cape Town invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship commencing in January 2017

The fellowship will be awarded for research to be conducted as part of an NIH-funded project on Plasmodium haem detoxification probes. The research activities will include in vitro culturing of Plasmodium falciparum, cell fractionation of P. falciparum trophozoites to separate undigested haemoglobin, exchangeable or free haem and haemozoin. Haem will be measured in these fractions using a pyridine-based assay. Flow cytometry will be used for cell counting. The technique will be applied to a range of experimental compounds believed to inhibit haemozoin and effects of haem and other porphyrins on trophozoites will also be investigated.

Conditions of Award:

  • Eligible candidates will have obtained the PhD degree in Pharmacology within the past 5 years.  Candidates with a PhD degree in biological sciences will also be considered, however such applicants should have a keen interest and background in the proposed research field. Candidates who are familiar with measurement of cellular haem, haem chemistry and Plasmodium parasite biology are preferred.
  • Applicants may not have previously held any permanent full-time professional or academic posts.
  • As part of the successful candidate’s professional development, limited mentorship and training of postgraduate students will be required.
  • A good command of English, passion about scientific research and the ability to work within a team is essential.
  • The successful candidate will be required to comply with the University of Cape Town’s approved policies, procedures and practises for the postdoctoral sector.


Value and Tenure:

The fellowship is valued at between R250 000 – R350 000 per annum, depending on the experience of the applicant and availability of funding, and is tenable for one year. Renewal for a further year is possible, but this will depend on satisfactory academic progress and the availability of funds.


Application Requirements:

  • Suitable candidates are required to submit the following:
  • A letter of interest in which the candidate motivates why s/he is suitable for the award of the fellowship;
  • A CV which includes details of conferences presentations and all publications;
  • Certified copies of academic transcripts, and
  • The names and email addresses of at least two academics who have agreed to stand as referees on behalf of the applicant (or such letters of reference may be submitted by the referees directly to and

Complete applications and all enquiries must be submitted to and

By no later than



25 November 2016

Selection Process:

Eligible and complete applications will be considered by a committee chaired by the head of Division of Clinical Pharmacology, University of Cape Town.


The University of Cape Town reserves the right to make no awards at all, to cancel the award if the conditions are not met, and to effect changes to the conditions of the award. The University of Cape Town reserves the right to disqualify ineligible, incomplete and/or inappropriate applications.


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SASBCP 50th anniversary – 50 years of pharmacology in South Africa

From humble beginnings in 1966 to a respected international role player and eminent leader on the African continent, the South African Society of Basic and Clinical Pharmacology (SASBCP) has evolved to celebrate 50 years of pharmacology this year at the 2016 South African Annual Congress in October, in conjunction with the All Africa Congress of Pharmacology and Pharmacy. SASBCP will be joined by the Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences, TOXSA (Toxicology Society of South Africa) and will also celebrate the 10th year of the PharfA initiative (Pharmacology for Africa).
The 2016 All Africa Congress promises to provide an exciting and intellectually stimulating programme of presentations featuring researchers in both basic and clinical pharmacology in South Africa, the broader African continent and globally. The 50th anniversary celebrations culminate in the Gala Dinner on Friday night, with awarding of honorary life memberships.
Find out more about SASBCP’s history in the June 2016 issue of Pharmacology International (IUPHAR’s semi-annual newsletter, p. 26), which looks back over 50 years of success in pharmacology in South Africa, highlighting the key leaders in SASBCP whose contributions developed and nurtured the pharmacological sciences in South Africa. The newsletter can be accessed via

Be sure to attend the All Africa Congress 2016 and be part of this momentous occasion!