Vacancy – Research Fellow (University of Johannesburg)

Research Fellow for a project on the Witwatersrand Supergroup: DST-NRF CIMERA, Department of Geology, University of Johannesburg

The DST-NRF Centre of Excellence (CoE) for Integrated Mineral and Energy Resource Analysis (DST-NRF CIMERA)   is inviting applications for a Research Fellow to commence research on the broader aspects of the gold-bearing Witwatersrand Supergroup rocks in South Africa as soon as possible.  A competitive salary at UJ Research Fellowship level is offered for this two-year contract position that could be extended if progress is satisfactory and available budget. This will include medical insurance.

DST-NRF CIMERA (  is hosted by the University of Johannesburg (UJ) and co-hosted by the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits).  The successful candidate will be based in the Department of Geology at UJ.

A great deal of information has been gathered on the Witwatersrand Supergroup over the last century, including by DST-NRF CIMERA researchers in the past five years. There are, however, certain gaps in our knowledge of the distribution and nature of gold-bearing reefs in both the Lower and Upper Witwatersrand rocks and possible correlatives in the Mozaan Group of the Pongola Supergroup. In order to fill these gaps, the Research Fellow will, therefore, be required to liaise with industry and establish their own research programme, whilst also co-ordinating current DST-NRF CIMERA research on the Witwatersrand Supergroup, and helping to lead the way forward to a greater understanding of the Witwatersrand Basin as a whole.

Eligible applicants should have a PhD in Geosciences and preferably experience of active research on the Witwatersrand basin and/or a proven background in sedimentology, stratigraphy and sedimentary basin analyses. The Research Fellow would also be able to work in close collaboration with the Seismic Research Centre at Wits that has available a very large and extensive vibroseismic data set covering the entire Witwatersrand Basin and outliers of it on the Kaapvaal Craton.

The Research Fellow will have access to a range of equipment at UJ and Wits, including SEM, EMPA, LA-ICP-MS, MLA, Argon-Argon Lab, XRF, XRD and a Squid Paleomaglab together with zircon dating facilities and a range of geophysical equipment and software.

Enquiries and applications should be submitted to Prof Nic Beukes by October 15, 2019 via e-mail to:

Applications should be accompanied by a short biography (with specific reference to experience in Witwatersrand geology and/or basin analysis) and a detailed Curriculum Vitae, including the names and e-mail addresses of three referees. A valid driving licence is mandatory.