ACDI Postdoctoral Research Fellowship: Modelling Climate-Food-Health System Linkages and Impacts


Modelling Climate-Food-Health System Linkages and Impacts

Closing Date: 15 August 2017 | Start Date: negotiable, but not later than January 2018

The Climate Change and Indigenous Food Systems, Food Security and Food Safety (CCIFS3 – see aims to undertake participatory research that can enhance local capacity for Indigenous communities to detect and respond to health outcomes related to climate change impacts on Indigenous food systems, security, safety and health, and characterize Indigenous adaptation pathways that enhance or constrain resiliency in the Arctic, Uganda and Peru.

Within CCIFS3 ACDI is co-leading the modelling of climate-food-health linkages, developing conceptual and numerical models of these linkages, for Indigenous food systems in Peru, Uganda and possibly the Canadian Arctic.

ACDI therefore wishes to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Fellow (PDRF) in the modelling of climate-food-health systems.  The PDRF will be part of a multi-disciplinary team from Canada, UK, Peru, South Africa and Uganda, spanning climate adaptation, development and health.  

The PDRF will be expected to lead a discrete area of research developing and implementing climate-food-health models. The PDRF will also contribute to research that integrates across climate, biophysical, health and socio-economic aspects of adaptation to climate change. 

The PDRF will work closely with counterparts at the University of Leeds and Makerere University, and will be required to make research visits to both the UK and Uganda, and possibly Peru and Canada.

Academic / experience criteria:  


  • A PhD, awarded within the previous five years, in climate-health, climate-food, or climate-food-health linkages
  • Has strong scientific programming, data processing and analysis skills
  • Has practical experience of interpreting the outputs from health, agricultural or similar computer or statistical models
  • Demonstrated ability to produce peer-reviewed research articles
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English
  • Desire to work in an interdisciplinary research setting


  • Has practical experience of developing and/or running health, agricultural or similar computer or statistical models
  • Has experience in accessing and using climate data, such as from re-analysis, global or regional climate change models, or observational datasets
  • Has experience in statistical methods used in one or more of econometrics, epidemiology or agricultural yield modelling
  • Knowledge of GIS and remote sensing data packages and analysis
  • Has experience in African and/or Latin American climate/food/health issues
  • Has experience of supervision or co-supervision of PhD and/or Masters level research projects

Conditions of award:

  • Applicants must have completed their doctoral degrees within the past 5 years and may not previously have held a full-time permanent professional or academic post.
  • No benefits or allowances are included in the Fellowship, but the fellowship stipend is tax free.  
  • As part of their professional development, the successful candidate may be required to participate in a limited capacity in other ACDI activities, such as teaching and/or student supervision.  
  • The successful applicant will be required to register as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Cape Town immediately and will not be considered a UCT employee.
  • The successful applicant will be required to comply with the university’s approved policies, procedures and practices for the postdoctoral sector.

Value and tenure:

  • The value of the fellowship is ZAR 250,000-300,000 depending on experience and is tenable for 24 months with the possibility of extension for further years subject to satisfactory progress.

Application requirements:

Applicants should submit (i) an application letter that includes a short description of their expertise and research interests, and how these relate to the position, (ii) a CV including a publication list, (iii) copies of academic transcripts and/or certificates, and (iv) email addresses of at least two references who been directly involved in their PhD and/or previous postdoctoral research.  

Applications should be emailed to: before 15 August 2017.

Selection process:

  • Only eligible and complete applications will be considered by the selection committee.
  • Interviews will take place in the week of 21st August and the successful candidate is expected to start as soon as possible thereafter.  

Closing date:

Applications received before 15 August 2017 are guaranteed to be considered. Applications received thereafter may be considered if the position has not been filled.

Contact details for submission of applications: Noma Somatube at

Contact details for enquiries about the fellowship topic and ACDI:

Additional information on ACDI and UCT can be found at: /


The University of Cape Town reserves the right to disqualify ineligible, incomplete and/or inappropriate applications. The University of Cape Town also reserves the right to change the conditions of the award or to make no awards at all.