18 Jan 2012 - 08:15

Research Assistant

The Marine Research Institute is a dynamic, multidisciplinary institute based at the University of Cape Town. The Institute’s principal focus is research, which underpins its teaching, training, capacity development and consultancy activities.

The institute is conducting research in Namibia in partnership with the Benguela Current Commission towards the incorporation of stakeholders’ knowledge into fisheries management. The project is based in Walvis Bay, Namibia.

A research assistant for this project is sought on a part-time, temporary contract basis with immediate effect.


§ Post-graduate degree in sociology or social-anthropology majoring in one or more of the following areas: social-ecology, fisher knowledge, sociology of fisheries, human dimensions of an ecosystem approach to fisheries

§ Good knowledge of fisheries management issues

§ Computer literacy

§ Good English writing skills

§ Good communication and organisational skills

§ Ability to work independently

Further post-graduate studies or other training and/or experience in fisheries  management and  research experience in industrial/large scale fisheries in Namibia will be advantageous.

The research assistant will be based in Walvis Bay, Namibia and work closely with the project manager

Please send a letter of motivation, a one-page CV (no certificates), and details (postal/email addresses, telephone/fax numbers) of 2 referees by email to

Dr Barbara Paterson: before 23 January 2012.

NB: only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.