Postdoctoral Fellowship at UCT-The Brain Behaviour Unit

The Brain Behaviour Unit (BBU) invites applications for a postdoctoral fellowship in the areas of psychiatric neurogenetics, neuroimaging, or neuro-development.

The BBU is nested within UCT’s Dept of Psychiatry & Mental Health and the Neuroscience Institute and focuses on psychiatric neuroscience. Ongoing projects in the BBU include Enhancing Neuroimaging Genetics Through Meta-Analysis (ENIGMA) (see, Neuropsychiatric Genetics in African Populations (Neuro-GAP) (see and the Drakenstein Child Health Study (see  The BBU is also closely aligned with the work of the MRC Unit on Risk and Resilience in Mental Disorders.

Preference will be given to applicants whose research interests are aligned with the above mentioned areas within psychiatric neuroscience.

The following conditions apply:

  • This fellowship is available only to individuals who have achieved the doctoral degree within the past 5 years.
  • Applicants may not previously have held full-time permanent professional or academic posts
  • Fellowships are awarded for one year. Applications for renewal for one further year will be considered.
  • The fellowship must be taken up as soon as possible.
  • There are no fringe benefits, thus, the successful candidate is responsible for his or her own medical aid and insurance arrangements. Tax-free status will be arranged with the South African Revenue Services.
  • The successful incumbent will be required to comply with the University’s approved policies, procedures and practices for the postdoctoral sector.
  • The value of the fellowship is R200 000, but may vary according to training and professional background.
  • The fellowship call will close on 31 July 2017.

To apply, please e-mail the below documents in a single PDF file to Ms Nadia Hoffman at

  • A cover letter
  • Application form – attached
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Copies of academic transcripts

Eligible applications will be considered by the Director of the BBU and a sub-committee.

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