Positions for postgraduate level students at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Medical Physiology, Stellenbosch University

Positions for a Doctoral students in Neurogenetics are available at the Medical Physiology Department. This position is for a new sexual defeat basic neuroscience animal model. The positions will involve working at the animal unit conducting animal behavioural techniques and neurochemical analysis on brain tissue. You will also work closely with researchers from the Department of Psychiatry’s Neuropsychiatric Genetics Research Group.

Sexual violence is a global pandemic which disproportionately affects women, with the WHO reporting that one in three women worldwide have experienced sexual violence in their lifetime. In South Africa in 2018, 40,035 cases of sexual violence against women were reported to the South African Police Service. There is, however, a lack of concrete neurophysiological studies which may help to identify the underlying cause of sexual offending, as well as how to treat it. This research project is a collaborative neurogenetics project aimed at understanding genetic and neurophysiological factors that influence sexual defeat using an animal model.

Requirements: Potential candidates must hold an average of above 60% for their prior degree. A strong background in Physiology, Genetics or a related BSc qualification will strengthen the success of the application.  A minimum of two referees is compulsory.

To apply, email your CV and motivation to [email protected]

Closing date 8 February 2020

For more information, please contact Dr Lihle Qulu on 021 938 9391.

An annual National Research Foundation (NRF) stipend of R140 000 will be awarded to the candidate.