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Centre Manager: The Centre for Invasion Biology (C·I·B)

Job Summary
The incumbent's duties will include providing support to the Director and Deputy Director in the development of strategic plans and reports; assisting with identifying funding opportunities and managing funding applications (including grant writing); etc.

Stellenbosch University

Faculty of Science

DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology

Centre Manager:  The Centre for Invasion Biology (C·I·B)

Two-year Contract Appointment
(Ref. NW10/115/0421)

The Centre for Invasion Biology (C·I·B) is an inter-institutional Centre of Excellence that was established in 2004 through the Centres of Excellence Programme of the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), through the National Research Foundation (NRF) and Stellenbosch University. The C·I·B has a mandate to conduct research and training in biodiversity science especially as it applies to understanding the rates, impacts and management of biological invasions. The C·I·B has a small staff at its headquarters at Stellenbosch University and manages a core team of twenty researchers at several universities and other organisations throughout South Africa and a network of over twenty associates in South Africa and abroad. The Centre works closely with all agencies in South Africa with an interest in biological invasions. The C·I·B has established a global reputation for excellence in research, training and policy development relating to invasive species.

Management duties
  • Providing support to the Director and Deputy Director in the development of strategic plans and reports;
  • Assisting with identifying funding opportunities and managing funding applications (including grant writing);
  • Managing research contracts with partners and/or research collaborators;
  • Managing core team members, post-docs, and student reporting;
  • Collating material and drafting and publication of annual reports;
  • Daily financial management, including signing-off on orders;
  • Scheduling meetings and preparing documents for meetings, including those of the C·I·B Steering Committee (two per year), C·I·B Management Committee (monthly) and C·I·B Scientific Advisory Committee (two per year);
  • Scheduling and arranging the C·I·B annual research meetings;
  • Arranging C·I·B ad hoc workshops;
  • Acting as line manager for the administrative assistant.
Liaison duties
  • Liaising with core staff, post-docs and students to ensure that research is proceeding smoothly;
  • Liaising with core team members, post-docs and students to avoid bottlenecks in funding and reporting;
  • Liaising with core staff, post-docs and students to identify cross-disciplinary linkages;
  • Liaising with Stellenbosch University, DSI, NRF, the C·I·B Steering Committee and other parties as required;
  • Liaising with external funders and research collaborators to ensure continued alignment with objectives;
  • Liaising with administrative and technical staff to identify and address staff and operational needs.
Job Requirements:
  • A Masters degree in business management or natural sciences;
  • Proven excellence in financial management;
  • Proven excellence in writing and editing of reports and grant proposals;
  • Proven experience in managing committees, including report production.
  • Experience with corporate and private funding bodies;
  • Experience with dealing with the National Research Foundation and other government agencies, ideally those working in the field of environmental management;
  • Experience with dealing with financial and/or human resources matters at a South African university.

Enquiries regarding job content: Prof. Dave Richardson on 021 808 3711 / 082 762 4201, of by

Enquiries regarding remuneration/benefits as well as technical assistance with the electronic application process: Human Resources Client Service Centre on 021 808 2753, or at

Commencement Date: 01-Jan-2022

Closing Date: 10-May-2021

The University is committed to employment equity (EE), and appointments will be made in line with the EE plan for the specific environment as well as Stellenbosch University's institutional EE Plan.

The University reserves the right not to make an appointment.

Your application, comprising a comprehensive curriculum vitae (including the names and e-mail addresses of at least three referees), must reach the University before or on the closing date of the advertised post.


The University reserves the right to investigate qualifications and conduct background checks on all candidates.

Should no feedback be received from the University within four weeks of the closing date, kindly accept that your application did not succeed.

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