Two Structural Biology Posts in South Africa

Trevor Sewell sewell at
Mon Sep 9 03:36:57 PDT 2002

The South African Structural Biology Initiative


The University of Cape Town (UCT) and University of the Western Cape (UWC)
Joint Programme in Structural Biology has created two new faculty posts,
sponsored by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, to establish a
postgraduate degree programme - the first in continental Africa.   This
programme will be located at UCT in the new Institute for Infectious
Diseases and Molecular Medicine and at UWC in the Department of
Biotechnology.  The initiative involves collaboration between fifteen senior
faculty staff located at UCT and UWC with established research programmes in
molecular biology, cell biology, chemistry, biotechnology, genomics and
bioinformatics (South African National Bioinformatics Institute: SANBI).
There is a wide range of infrastructure appropriate to the development of
structural biology, including X-ray crystallography, NMR, EM and
computational modelling.

One post, to be located at UWC, is for a Protein Crystallographer. You will
be responsible for
* running the newly acquired X-ray diffraction system
* supervising and assisting students with a protein crystallography
web-based instruction module
* teaching students how to prepare and crystallize proteins
* and supervising student research projects involving protein structure

The other post, to be located at UCT, is for an Electron Microscopist with
experience in structural biology and macromolecular structure determination.
You will be responsible for
*  creating a computer-based, Masters level course in EM structure
*  and will supervise the use of the cryo-electron

Candidates for both posts should possess an appropriate PhD and experience,
and will be expected to teach postgraduate students and establish a research

In the first instance the posts will be on a three-year contract basis at
the level of university Senior Lecturer/Lecturer.

Cape Town, apart from its important position as one of the 3 metropoles in
an intensely challenging, rapidly developing country, offers a
Mediterranean-style climate together with many other attractions:
magnificent mountains, sandy beaches, vineyards, excellent English-medium
primary to tertiary educational institutions, shops, sporting and
entertainment facilities. Despite prevailing exchange rates, the buying
power of the Rand remains good.

Please send a letter of application, your CV (no certificates), plus a
one-page summary of your CV, together with the names, postal/email addresses
and telephone/fax numbers of 3 referees, to: Staff Recruitment & Selection
(Ref: 653),  University of Cape Town, Rondebosch 7701, Cape Town, South
Africa by 20 September 2002.  Telephone:  +27 21 650 3003, fax: +27 21 650
2138, email: sro at;  websites:   and

Posted by:  Trevor Sewell 
9 September 2002
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