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ICFR Employment Opportunity: Scientist (Forestry Research Analytical Laboratory)

The Institute for Commercial Forestry Research (ICFR) is a non-profit organisation, providing innovative research solutions and related services in support of tree growers in southern Africa. The ICFR is home to various platforms and projects that provide the forestry sector with important research support in tree improvement and sustainable production.

ICFR’s Forestry Research Analytical Laboratory provides specialised analyses and laboratory-based research and development in support of ICFR projects, member’s research, industry initiatives, and academic partners across the country. It is in this important focus area that the ICFR seeks to fill a scientist position.

This is a key position within the ICFR. The incumbent will play a project leadership role in ICFR’s Forestry Analytical Laboratory and work closely with various stakeholders to project manage and deliver on research projects and technical services.

Minimum requirements:

  • A PhD in a relevant field, with a good publication record.
  • Knowledge and experience in laboratory technologies and management, project management, project proposal development, stakeholder engagement, peer review for scientific journals, and mentorship of students and interns.
  • Experience in Near Infrared Spectroscopy and statistical analysis.
  • Background in forestry an advantage.

Application process:

Applications and enquiries to be emailed to Karin Nagel (, by the closing date: 22 May 2023. The proposed appointment date is 1 July 2023.

Applicants are required to submit the following documents:

  • A completed ‘ICFR Application for Employment Form’.
  • A detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV) with publications list, contact details for referees, and certified copies of key supporting documentation (i.e., highest relevant qualification and identity document).

In applying for this position, applicants agree that the ICFR may verify all details recorded in the application and contact referees. Late applications will not be considered and ICFR reserves the right not to make an appointment to this advert. If a reply is not received by the proposed start date, the application may be considered unsuccessful. ICFR confirms that all personal data will be managed in accordance with POPIA (Protection of Personal Information Act).

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