One-year internships in Plant Health Biotechnology

The DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence in Plant Health Biotechnology (CPHB) at FABI offers a one-year internship to graduates in the Biological Sciences. The Centre’s vision is to utilize world-class and innovative scientific research and biotechnology for (i) promoting the long-term health and sustainable use of socio-economically important plants and (ii) facilitating inclusive postgraduate education and human capital development.

The CPHB Internship Programme is designed to expand the depth and breadth of the interns’ previous academic learning in the plant health domain. Interns will also gain practical experience in how to apply theory, subject knowledge and biotechnology for solving real-world problems regarding the diseases and pests of plants that are of socio-economic importance. The Programme will also emphasize and inform interns’ subsequent decisions about their careers, whether in industry, government, the private sector or in academia as postgraduate students. 

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Post-doctoral fellowship 2020-2021 (Download PDF)

The Molecular Plant-Pathogen Interactions  (MPPI) research group led by Prof. Dave Berger is affiliated with the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI) and the Department of Plant & Soil Sciences at the University of Pretoria, South Africa.  

The MPPI research group has an on-going research project on grey leaf spot (GLS) disease of maize caused by the fungal pathogen Cercospora zeina.  GLS is a threat to food security in sub-Saharan Africa.

A Postdoctoral Fellowship to investigate RNAi in C. zeina is available from January 2020 (see attached advert for more details). Applications should be addressed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


MSc and PhD bursary opportunities in the Plant Health domain 

The DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence in Plant Health Biotechnology (CPHB) at FABI invites applications for two-year MSc and three-year PhD scholarships for full-time study at the University of Pretoria, starting in February 2020. The available projects span a range of disciplines in the biological sciences, including microbiology, entomology, genetics, bioinformatics, botany, genomics, plant pathology, plant breeding, plant production, agricultural extension ecology, biostatistics, biochemistry and chemistry.  

South African graduates who intend to do an MSc must hold or be close to completing a BSc Hons degree (or equivalent). Those who intend to do a PhD must hold or be close to completing an MSc degree. In both instances a mark of at least 60% must have been obtained or be expected. Note that preferred applicants are those whose appointment would contribute towards achieving demographic representation in the CPHB.

The values of the bursaries is up to R 108 000 for MSc and up to R 127 000 for PhD (all project running costs are covered from other sources).

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CTHB-TPCP PhD position

The CTHB wishes to invite applications for a three-year PhD scholarship for full-time study towards the PhD degree in Microbiology at the University of Pretoria, starting February 2020. The selected candidate will work on a project, entitled “Cross-kingdom sRNA trafficking in pathogenic plant-fungal interactions”, which aims to understand the effect of sRNAs in the plant pathology of trees. The centre is offering financial support (bursary and project running funds) to previously disadvantaged South African students who intend to study at Doctoral level at the University of Pretoria. Applicants must be close to completing (or have completed) their M.Sc. degree and expect to achieve a mark of 60% or higher. The programme is funded to the amount of up to R 127, 000 per annum, which will go towards costs associated with the degree and a monthly stipend.

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