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The Trustees of the Claude Leon Foundation have established Postdoctoral Fellowships in Science, Engineering and Medical Sciences at South African universities. The Fellowships will be available from January 2016 for two years and are valued at R 235 000.00 per annum. In the second year of the Fellowship, on application, the Fellow may be granted R25 000.00 for presenting at an international conference. 
We envision a Postdoctoral fellow exploring the responses of plants that are non-native and occur in the contrasting climates of South Africa (hot-dry summer/cool-wet winters) and eastern United States (hot-wet summer/cold-wet winters).  We anticipate that the work will link regeneration traits with changing environmental conditions accounting for both mean changes as well as unpredictable extreme events. Responsibilities may include characterizing tolerance ranges of germination and seedling growth in controlled environments; manipulating environmental conditions (e.g. using open top chambers) in the field; and preparation of manuscripts for publication.  The work will be done under the guidance of a research team from the University of KwaZulu-Nata (Drs Sershen Naidoo, Syd Ramdhani, Boby Varghese) and Middle Tennessee State University (Drs Jeffrey Walck, Siti Hidayati).
The specifics of the project are open, and we look forward to working with applicants on their proposal.  Please contact or Dr. Naidoo (Naidoose@ukzn.ac.za) or Dr. Walck (Jeffrey.Walck@mtsu.edu) for more information and for application procedures. For general details, Fellowship Guidelines and access to the Application Form see http://www.leonfoundation.co.za/postdoctoral.htm .  Please note that once completed the application form should be sent directly to the university/institute where the applicant wishes to be based. APPLICATION DEADLINE:   15 APRIL 2015

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