Doctoral Studentship: Environmental Health

Doctoral Studentship: Environmental Health

The CSIR has an opportunity for a Doctoral Studentship: Environmental Health in the Climate Studies, Modelling and Environmental Health (CSM&EH) Research Group within the Natural Resources and the Environmental (NRE) Unit.
The incumbent will help understand the associations between air pollution levels and human health in a community of the Limpopo province, to assess and quantify the potential health impacts or risks from potential air quality offset intervention in the community and to contribute to a better understanding of the linkages between exposure to air pollution and the impacts on human health in South Africa.
This opportunity is based in Pretoria.
Key responsibilities:

  • Prepare a research proposal to be approved by both the CSIR and the university;
  • Prepare a written literature overview or assessment of the current state-of-the-art around the research topic;
  • Perform original research to solve the open research problem that the student identified in his/her proposal;
  • Produce sufficient quantity and quality of peer-reviewed publications around this research topic;
  • Compile the Doctoral thesis and defending the work successfully;
  • Contribute to extra activities that may be outside the scope of the Doctoral research as per the needs of the research group from time to time.

Qualifications, skills, and experience:

  • A Master’s degree in a relevant field such as Public Health, Environmental Health, Geography, Chemical Sciences, Biological Sciences or Statistical Sciences;
  • A good understanding of air quality, and the linkages between exposure to air pollution and negative impacts on human health, will be an advantage;
  • A basic understanding of epidemiology and/or biostatistics will be an advantage
  • Ability to work independently, as well as in a team;
  • Self-motivation and ability to be stimulated by the scientific environment.

Should you meet the above requirements, please email your CV to with your name and surname, position title and reference number in the subject line, (e.g. John Smith: Doctoral Studentship – Environmental Health: Reference No: (307841)
Closing date: 31 March