The Palaeo-Research Institute is a renowned pan-African research hub located in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Johannesburg. The institute is dedicated to the exploration and understanding of the ancient past, with a particular focus on the evolution of early hominins. The Palaeo-Research Institute @UJ is a multi-disciplinary, inter-faculty group with an extensive international training and research collaborative network. We represent a holistic approach to human evolution in sub-Saharan Africa covering the past 4 million years.


Who are we looking for?

The Institute is currently seeking qualified PhD holders to apply for a Postdoctoral Fellowship valued at R250 000 per annum (see call for 200 new  UJ Postdoctoral fellowships) with an interest in pursuing a career in the following topics: Geo-archaeology, landscape archaeology, Fossil hominin predation, Bone Taphonony, Use-wear fracture mechanics in bone tools, Fossil Plio-pleistocene Primates,  Earlier Stone age Archaeology, Sub-Saharan Middle Stone Age Archaeology,  Tracing ancient cognition, DNA analysis of Stone Age populations.

We are seeking individuals who have received international training, possess enthusiasm and a strong drive to pursue a post-graduate degree, exhibit proficiency in both written and spoken English, have a proven track record of academic excellence, and hold a PhD in fields such as biological anthropology, archaeology, ecology and evolution, biology, neurobiology, ethology, or a related subject.

For more info on our research/study offerings at the P-RI please click on the following link Study Archaeology and Palaeoanthropology at UJ .

What do we offer?

  • Highly integrative projects that require a willingness to embrace multiple disciplines and close collaborations with other researchers with different backgrounds.
  • State-of-the-art equipment.
  • An excellent research environment.
  • A structured training program.

You want to apply?
Interested applicants should apply for the UJ 200 new postdoctoral fellowships For more information please contact Dr Dipuo Kgotleng.

For research related questions please see our researcher profile and contact details below

Dr Stephanie Caruana

Dr Dipuo Winnie Kgotleng

Professor Marlize Lombard

Professor Justin Bradfield

Dr Matt Lotter

Dr Matt Caruana

Dr Bongekile Zwane

The Palaeo-Research Institute is committed to creating a diverse, equal, and inclusive work environment. The University of Johannesburg is committed to both equity and diversity and will ensure, through the implementation of this plan, that the people that it employs eventually reflect the demographics of the region and the country and have the skills and expertise to uphold the culture of excellence ascribed to the University. Individuals from under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.

We look forward to receiving your completed applications.

Closing date

The call will remain open until all 200 positions are filled.