Opportunities

Postgraduate and postdoctoral opportunities for 2022 are listed below. Although most projects have bursaries attached to them, candidates are also encouraged to apply for and secure their own funding as far as possible.

Further to the application instructions detailed for each opportunity, postgraduate applicants must refer to the full application procedure detailed on the Postgraduate page.

Research carried out in the department falls within our research groups

Supervisors’ profiles and research interests can be viewed here

Postdoctoral Research Fellow Opportunities

Postdoctoral Research Fellow: Data-driven process monitoring and control for the minerals industry

In the Machine Learning and Extractive Metallurgy research groups of the Department of Process Engineering at Stellenbosch University, a specific research focus is process monitoring and control for the mineral industry. Statistical and machine learning techniques are explored in the context of dynamic simulation and real-world case studies to investigate promising approaches for cost effective and sustainable operation of mineral processing circuits. The main role of the postdoctoral fellow will be to carry out research in data-driven process monitoring and control as applied to mineral processing case studies. This is achieved primarily through the identification of newly developed methods from various fields (e.g. neuroscience, robotics, etc.) through literature studies, followed by application and evaluation thereof in the minerals processing context by means of algorithm studies.

The full advert, detailing the position’s duties and responsibilities, and application requirements, can be downloaded here.

Queries and complete applications can be sent to Prof Tobi Louw

Postdoctoral Research Fellow: Extractive Metallurgy – Tailings Remediation

In the Extractive Metallurgy research group, one of the key foci is on evaluation of the impacts of mine tailings and remediation. This includes development of technologies and the use of various modeling tools to evaluate the impacts of such technologies and support their development. The Postdoctoral Fellow will conduct research to model and evaluate the short and long-term environmental impacts of material on historic tailings storage facilities typical to South Africa. The research will also involve investigation of mitigation strategies.

The full advert, detailing the position’s duties and responsibilities, and application requirements, can be downloaded here.

Queries and complete applications can be sent to Dr Margreth Tadie for consideration.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow: Thermal Separations Technology

An opportunity for a post-doctoral researcher in the field of thermal separations technology at the Department of Process Engineering at Stellenbosch University is currently available. The focus of the position would be on thermodynamics, phase behaviour, distillation and/or extraction principles with particular focus on either high pressure/supercritical applications or low pressure thermodynamics and modelling thereof. The position will be awarded initially for a period of one year but may be extended based on performance and availability of funds.

The full advert, detailing the position’s duties and responsibilities, and application requirements, can be downloaded here.

Queries and complete applications can be sent to Prof Cara Schwarz

Doctoral Opportunities

PhD Opportunity: Big data for urban metabolism of African cities

Joint degree opportunity between Stellenbosch University and University of Groningen

The research will investigate the question of how Big Data approaches can contribute to solving real-world issues around urban sustainability. For cities to become more sustainable, it is necessary to measure the resources they consume, e.g. energy, goods and water. The work will explore how Big Data can contribute to an understanding of African cities, and how these approaches can be linked to that of urban metabolism.

The position is a funded collaborative PhD position between Stellenbosch University in South Africa and the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. The candidate will be expected to apply for a travel grant during 2022, to enable spending time in the Netherlands for the study. This is a full-time study, during which the candidate is expected to be on campus for the majority of the time to get the benefit from the facilities and engaging with her/his supervisors. Stellenbosch University is one of the leading research institutions on the African continent and is known for its academic excellence and rich on-campus student experience. The position provides a unique opportunity to get input from leading researchers from two excellent universities, and it is anticipated that this study will open up many avenues for future work. If you are independent, curiosity driven, innovative, and willing to work in an interdisciplinary environment, then this exciting position could be yours!

  • Requirements to apply: Applicants must have good academic record, hold a master’s degree from an accredited tertiary institution (preferably with a course aggregate of >65%) and have demonstrable prior experience in data science methods and computer programming. Preference will be given to candidates with South African nationality, and who display academic excellence.
  • Application documents: Provide a cover letter, CV, complete academic transcripts and the contact details of at least three academic references. Merge all documents into a single PDF and attach it to the application. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications can be submitted to Prof Neill Goosen at njgoosen@sun.ac.za.

*Stellenbosch University reserves the right not to make an appointment for this position.

PhD Opportunity: Optimum integration of desalination technologies in green hydrogen production plants

  • Location: Department of Process Engineering, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch
  • Degree level: Doctoral degree in Chemical Engineering

The production of green hydrogen through electrolysis of water (utilising renewable energy, such as solar and wind) requires clean, demineralised water.  Large electrolysis plants that rely on the sea as source of water would, therefore, include desalination facilities. This project will entail a systematic techno-economic and practical assessment of the integration of desalination systems with electrolyser units, focussing on large-scale hydrogen production systems at the West Coast of South Africa.

The research work falls within the Water Technology theme of the Department of Process Engineering, and is closely aligned with the vision of future sustainability. These positions also offer postgraduate candidates significant exposure to the associated industries, providing networking opportunities.

Successful candidates will be required to start postgraduate studies in January 2022.

  • Requirements to apply: A research master’s degree from a reputable university, with previous experience in water treatment. Preference will be given to South African citizens and permanent residents who display academic excellence.
  • Application documents: Cover letter, CV, complete academic transcripts, and contact details of at least three academic references. Merge all documents into a single PDF and attach it to the application. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications can be submitted to Mrs Mieke du Plessis at miekedup@sun.ac.za, or Prof André Burger at ajburger@sun.ac.za.

*Stellenbosch University reserves the right not to make an appointment for this position.

PhD Opportunities: Sustainable (green) hydrogen production

  • Location: Department of Process Engineering or Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch
  • Degree level: Doctoral degree in Chemical Engineering (several positions available)

Several opportunities are available for postgraduate research at PhD level with a focus on the systems-level assessment of systems used for the production, storage, and distribution of sustainable (green) hydrogen produced from renewable energy resources.  As the costs of renewable energy sources such as wind and solar become cheaper and cheaper, and the world strives to combat climate change, green hydrogen will become a significant contributor to the goal of achieving net zero emissions.  These topics are suitable for someone interested in pursuing a career in sustainable and renewable energy.

The research work falls within the Renewable and Sustainable Energy theme of the Engineering Faculty and is closely aligned with and supported by industrial collaborations. These positions also offer postgraduate candidates significant exposure to the associated industries, providing networking opportunities.

Successful candidates will be required to start postgraduate studies in January 2022.

  • Requirements to apply: Applicants must have good academic record (preferably with a course aggregate of >65%) and hold a previous qualification in Chemical Engineering, Mechanical or Mechatronic Engineering, specifically BEng, BScEng, HonsBScEng or HonsBSc degrees from an accredited tertiary institution. Candidates with BTech, MTech, MEng or MSc qualifications will not be considered for these positions. A good working knowledge of thermodynamics and material and energy balances is a requirement. Whilst these opportunities are open to international students, bursary funding is only available for South African citizens and permanent residents, who display academic excellence.
  • Application documents: Cover letter, CV, complete academic transcripts and the contact details of at least three academic references. Merge all documents into a single PDF and attach it to the application. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications can be submitted to Prof Craig McGregor at craigm@sun.ac.za.

*Stellenbosch University reserves the right not to make an appointment for this position.

Master’s Opportunities

MEng Opportunity: Cold Thermal Energy Storage using renewable solar energy

  • Location: Department of Process Engineering, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch
  • Degree level: Research-based master’s degree in Chemical Engineering (one position available)

Cold thermal energy storage can alleviate energy supply intermittency as well as increase renewable energy utilization. This project will investigate the use of hydrate based cold storage of energy generated by solar for community-based applications, such as refrigeration and air conditioning. The assessment of the technology will be performed via simulations, based on available experimental data. The work will involve the determination of energy requirements for a selected application, selection of cold storage materials (two), inclusion of the renewable energy source followed by an economic analysis of the technology.

Successful candidates will be required to start postgraduate studies in January 2022.

  • Requirements to apply: Applicants must have good academic record (preferably with a course aggregate of >65%) and hold a four-year undergraduate BEng. or BSc. Eng. degree in Chemical Engineering from an accredited tertiary institution. Preference will be given to South African citizens and permanent residents who display academic excellence.
  • Application documents: Cover letter, CV, complete academic transcripts and the contact details of at least three academic references. Merge all documents into a single PDF and attach it to the application. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications can be submitted to Prof Prathieka Naidoo at prathiekan@sun.ac.za.

*Stellenbosch University reserves the right not to fill the position.

MEng Opportunity: Measurement and modelling of phase equilibria of multicomponent systems containing associating and non-associating compounds

  • Location: Department of Process Engineering, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch
  • Degree level: Research-based master’s degree in Chemical Engineering (one position available)

Chemical mixtures are generated in various ways –  e.g. through Fischer-Tropsch synthesis, which will remain a prominent process for the synthesis of (for example) green chemicals from green hydrogen and bio-carbon. Processes for the subsequent separation of chemicals from such mixtures have been around and evolving for centuries. To design these separation processes, chemical engineers need – amongst other – reliable equilibria data, experimental or predicted. The accurate generation of simple vapour-liquid equilibria (VLE) or liquid-liquid equilibria (LLE) experimental data is time consuming and expensive; with the measurement of similar data for multicomponent systems even more so. Thus, versatile thermodynamic models that can accurately predict the phase equilibria of such systems are essential. Equations of state that are based on association theory use pure component data to successfully predict binary phase equilibria.

An opportunity is available for postgraduate research at master’s level to systematically test the assumption that these models can accurately predict multicomponent phase equilibria with a similar accuracy as they do for binary systems, especially for complex mixtures containing associating, cross-associating, and non-associating components.

The research work falls within the Separations Technology theme of the Department of Process Engineering, and is closely aligned with and supported by industrial collaborations. These positions also offer postgraduate candidates significant exposure to the associated industries, providing networking opportunities. Successful candidates will be required to start postgraduate studies in January 2022.

  • Requirements to apply: Applicants must have good academic record (preferably with a course aggregate of >65%) and hold a previous qualification in Chemical Engineering or Chemistry, specifically BEng, BScEng, HonsBScEng or HonsBSc degrees from an accredited tertiary institution. Candidates with BTech, MTech, MEng or MSc qualifications will not be considered for these positions. Previous experience in phase equilibria thermodynamics will be a definite advantage. Preference will be given to South African citizens and permanent residents who display academic excellence.
  • Application documents: Cover letter, CV, complete academic transcripts, and contact details of at least three academic references. Merge all documents into a single PDF and attach it to the application. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications can be submitted to Prof André Burger at ajburger@sun.ac.za or Ms Danielle de Klerk at dldk@sun.ac.za.

*Stellenbosch University reserves the right not to fill the position.

MEng Opportunity: Optimum integration of desalination technologies in green hydrogen production plants

  • Location: Department of Process Engineering, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch
  • Degree level: Research-based master’s degree in Chemical Engineering

The production of green hydrogen through electrolysis of water (utilising renewable energy, such as solar and wind) requires clean, demineralised water.  Large electrolysis plants that rely on the sea as source of water would, therefore, include desalination facilities. This project will entail a systematic techno-economic and practical assessment of the integration of desalination systems with electrolyser units, focussing on large-scale hydrogen production systems at the West Coast of South Africa.

The research work falls within the Water Technology theme of the Department of Process Engineering, and is closely aligned with the vision of future sustainability. These positions also offer postgraduate candidates significant exposure to the associated industries, providing networking opportunities.

Successful candidates will be required to start postgraduate studies in January 2022.

  • Requirements to apply: Applicants must have good academic record (preferably with a course aggregate of >65%) and hold a previous qualification in Chemical Engineering, specifically BEng, BScEng, HonsBScEng or HonsBSc degrees from an accredited tertiary institution. Candidates with BTech, MTech, MEng or MSc qualifications will not be considered for these positions.
  • Application documents: Cover letter, CV, complete academic transcripts, and contact details of at least three academic references. Merge all documents into a single PDF and attach it to the application. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications can be submitted to Mrs Mieke du Plessis at miekedup@sun.ac.za, or Prof André Burger at ajburger@sun.ac.za.

*Stellenbosch University reserves the right not to fill the position.

MEng Opportunities: Sustainable (green) hydrogen production

  • Location: Department of Process Engineering or Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch
  • Degree level: Research-based master’s degree in Chemical Engineering (several positions available)

Several opportunities are available for postgraduate research at PhD level with a focus on the systems-level assessment of systems used for the production, storage, and distribution of sustainable (green) hydrogen produced from renewable energy resources.  As the costs of renewable energy sources such as wind and solar become cheaper and cheaper, and the world strives to combat climate change, green hydrogen will become a significant contributor to the goal of achieving net zero emissions.  These topics are suitable for someone interested in pursuing a career in sustainable and renewable energy.

The research work falls within the Renewable and Sustainable Energy theme of the Engineering Faculty and is closely aligned with and supported by industrial collaborations. These positions also offer postgraduate candidates significant exposure to the associated industries, providing networking opportunities.

Successful candidates will be required to start postgraduate studies in January 2022.

  • Requirements to apply: Applicants must have good academic record (preferably with a course aggregate of >65%) and hold a previous qualification in Chemical Engineering, Mechanical or Mechatronic Engineering, specifically BEng, BScEng, HonsBScEng or HonsBSc degrees from an accredited tertiary institution. Candidates with BTech, MTech, MEng or MSc qualifications will not be considered for these positions. A good working knowledge of thermodynamics and material and energy balances is a requirement. Whilst these opportunities are open to international students, bursary funding is only available for South African citizens and permanent residents, who display academic excellence.
  • Application documents: Cover letter, CV, complete academic transcripts and the contact details of at least three academic references. Merge all documents into a single PDF and attach it to the application. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications can be submitted to Prof Craig McGregor at craigm@sun.ac.za.

*Stellenbosch University reserves the right not to make an appointment for this position.

MEng Opportunity: Greening chemistry: catalysis for renewable resources

  • Location: Department of Process Engineering, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch
  • Degree level: Research-based master’s degree in Chemical Engineering (one position available)

An opportunity is available for postgraduate research at Master’s level into the conversion of sugarcane lignocelluloses into valuable biomaterials. Sugarcane lignocelluloses such as bagasse or harvest residues are presently under-utilised, while they are suitable raw materials for high value products like nanocelluloses, oligosaccharides or organic binders. The unique properties of sugarcane lignocelluloses for these applications will be explored through combinations of high-pressure steam, chemical pulping and mechanical processing methods, aiming to simplify the processing methods without compromising the product quality of yield. The experimental results from the current project will be used in subsequent research to assess the financial feasibilities of these conversion methods.

The research work falls within the Bioresource Engineering theme of the Department of Process Engineering, and is closely aligned with and supported by industrial collaborations. These positions also offer postgraduate candidates significant exposure to the associated industries, providing networking opportunities. Successful candidates will be required to start postgraduate studies in January 2022.

  • Requirements to apply: Applicants must have good academic record (preferably with a course aggregate of >65%) and hold a four-year undergraduate BEng. or BSc. Eng. degree in Chemical Engineering from an accredited tertiary institution. Candidates must hold South African nationality, and preference will be given to candidates who display academic excellence. Please note that candidates holding a Diploma, Advanced Diploma or BTech will not be considered for the position.
  • Application documents: Cover letter, CV, complete academic transcripts and the contact details of at least three academic references. Merge all documents into a single PDF and attach it to the application. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications can be sent to Prof Neill Goosen at njgoosen@sun.ac.za.

*Stellenbosch University reserves the right not to fill the position.

MEng Opportunities: Renewable energy to power a small South African community

  • Location: Department of Process Engineering, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch
  • Degree level: Research-based master’s degree in Chemical Engineering (two positions available)

Various renewable energy technologies are reaching maturity and are being implemented. However, there are questions about how best to match renewable energy technologies to the needs of consumers and communities. This project will investigate how different renewable energy technologies can be implemented within an existing community. The work will include determination of energy requirements and usage schedules for various users in the community, including an agro-processing plant and a hydroponics greenhouse, and then matching these requirements against the supply from a combination of renewable technologies.

The positions are for full-time on-campus master’s studies starting in January 2022, and may require site visits. Projects are fully funded and will be hosted within the Faculty of Engineering at Stellenbosch University. Stellenbosch University is one of the leading research institutions on the African continent and is known for its academic excellence and rich on-campus student experience. The position provides a unique opportunity to develop solutions to real world problems, and to work with some of the leading academics on the African continent. If you are independent, curiosity driven, innovative, and willing to work in an interdisciplinary environment, then this exciting position could be yours!

  • Requirements to apply: Applicants must have good academic record (preferably with a course aggregate of >65%) and hold a four-year undergraduate BEng. or BSc. Eng. degree in Chemical, Electrical or Mechanical Engineering, or in an Honours degree in Physics, from an accredited tertiary institution. Candidates must hold South African nationality, and preference will be given to candidates who display academic excellence. Please note that candidates holding a BTech are not eligible to apply.
  • Application documents: Cover letter, CV, complete academic transcripts and the contact details of at least three academic references. Merge all documents into a single PDF and attach it to the application. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications can be submitted to Prof Neill Goosen at njgoosen@sun.ac.za.

*Stellenbosch University reserves the right not to fill the position.

MEng Opportunity: Innovative methods to convert sugarcane lignocelluloses to valuable biomaterials

  • Location: Department of Process Engineering, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch
  • Degree level: Research-based master’s degree in Chemical Engineering

An opportunity is available for postgraduate research at Master’s level into the conversion of sugarcane lignocelluloses into valuable biomaterials. Sugarcane lignocelluloses such as bagasse or harvest residues are presently under-utilised, while they are suitable raw materials for high value products like nanocelluloses, oligosaccharides or organic binders. The unique properties of sugarcane lignocelluloses for these applications will be explored through combinations of high-pressure steam, chemical pulping and mechanical processing methods, aiming to simplify the processing methods without compromising the product quality of yield. The experimental results from the current project will be used in subsequent research to assess the financial feasibilities of these conversion methods.

The research work falls within the Bioresource Engineering theme of the Department of Process Engineering, and is closely aligned with and supported by industrial collaborations. These positions also offer postgraduate candidates significant exposure to the associated industries, providing networking opportunities. Successful candidates will be required to start postgraduate studies in January 2022.

  • Requirements to apply: Applicants must have good academic record (preferably with a course aggregate of >65%) and hold a previous qualification in Chemical Engineering or Materials Science, specifically BEng, BScEng, HonsBScEng or HonsBSc degrees from an accredited tertiary institution. Candidates with BTech, MTech, MEng or MSc qualifications will not be considered for these positions. Previous experience in lignocellulose processing and (bio)materials science will be a definite advantage. Preference will be given to South African citizens and permanent residents, and who display academic excellence.
  • Application documents: Cover letter, CV, complete academic transcripts and the contact details of at least three academic references. Merge all documents into a single PDF and attach it to the application. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications can be sent to Prof Johann Görgens at jgorgens@sun.ac.za.

*Stellenbosch University reserves the right not to fill the position.

MEng Opportunities: Innovative approaches for food waste conversion to bio-ethanol

  • Location: Department of Process Engineering, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch
  • Degree level: Research-based master’s degree in Chemical Engineering (two positions available)

Two opportunities are available for postgraduate research at master’s level with a focus on the conversion of food waste into bio-ethanol through innovative approaches. Conventional methods of valourisation of food waste suffer from poor commercial and technical performances, providing opportunity for bio-ethanol production as a cleaner, higher-value product. Various innovative approaches to efficiently dealing with the inherent microbial contamination in food waste, together with hydrolysis of polysaccharides to fermentable sugars, will be investigated. Process development at bench-scale will include the use of new and advanced yeasts to enhance these conversions, followed by subsequence scale-up of processes to pilot plant scale. The results will be used to assess financial and environmental performances, for possible implementation in an industrial demonstration project.

The research work falls within the Bioresource Engineering theme of the Department of Process Engineering, and is closely aligned with and supported by industrial collaborations. These positions also offer postgraduate candidates significant exposure to the associated industries, providing networking opportunities. Successful candidates should be available to start postgraduate studies in January 2022.

  • Requirements to apply: Applicants must have good academic record (preferably with a course aggregate of >65%) and hold a previous qualification in Chemical Engineering, Microbiology, Biochemistry or Biotechnology specifically BEng, BScEng, HonsBScEng or HonsBSc degrees from an accredited tertiary institution. Candidates with BTech, MTech, MEng or MSc qualifications will not be considered for these positions. Previous experience in microbial cultivations and bioprocess development will be a definite advantage. Preference will be given to South African citizens and permanent residents, and who display academic excellence.
  • Application documents: Cover letter, CV, complete academic transcripts and the contact details of at least three academic references. Merge all documents into a single PDF and attach it to the application. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications can be submitted to Dr Eugene van Rensburg at eugenevrb@sun.ac.za.

*Stellenbosch University reserves the right not to fill the position.

MEng Opportunity: Economic feasibility and greenhouse-gas impacts of pyrolysis conversion of invasive alien plants into biochar, for application in vegetable gardens

  • Location: Department of Process Engineering, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch
  • Degree level: Research-based master’s degree in Chemical Engineering

An opportunity is available for postgraduate research at master’s level into the conversion of invasive alien plants, which are being cleared due to biodiversity and ecological risks posed by these, into biochar as a soil amendment. Pyrolysis conversion processes are being developed to maximise the yields of biochar and achieve products with the desired properties for application to vegetable gardens. Such results are to be combined into a process simulation for the pyrolysis conversion process, leading to techno-economic and environmental assessments of the conversion processes. Avoided greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions will guide the selection of preferred process options, partly based on the potential of biochar for carbon sequestration in soils.

The research work falls within the Bioresource Engineering theme of the Department of Process Engineering, and is closely aligned with and supported by industrial collaborations. These positions also offer significant exposure to the associated industries to postgraduate students, providing networking opportunities. Successful candidates can start postgrad studies in January 2022.

  • Requirements to apply: Applicants must have good academic record (preferably with a course aggregate of >65%) and hold a previous qualification in Chemical Engineering, specifically B.Eng, BScEng or HonsBScEng degrees from an accredited tertiary institution. Candidates with B.Tech qualifications will not be considered for these positions. Previous experience in the development of process simulations and assessment of greenhouse gas emissions will be a definite advantage. Preference will be given to South African citizens and permanent residents, and who display academic excellence.
  • Application documents: Cover letter, CV, complete academic transcripts and the contact details of at least three academic references. Merge all documents into a single PDF and attach it to the departmental application. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications can be sent to Prof Johann Görgens at jgorgens@sun.ac.za.

*Stellenbosch University reserves the right not to fill the position.

MEng Opportunity: Anaerobic digestion of agricultural residues

  • Location: Department of Process Engineering, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch
  • Degree level: Research-based master’s degree in Chemical Engineering

An opportunity is available for postgraduate research at master’s level in the field of anaerobic digestion (AD) for the conversion of biomass residues into energy and fertilizer, at the Dept. of Process Engineering, Stellenbosch University. Innovative approaches to digest recalcitrant substrates and mixtures thereof will be the core focus. The research position is for a postgraduate student with the key outcome of attaining a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering. The research work falls within the Bioresource Engineering theme of the Department of Process Engineering and is closely aligned with and supported by industrial collaborations. These positions will also offer the postgraduate student significant exposure to the associated industries, providing networking opportunities.

Previous academic performance, as demonstrated by a complete transcript, will be taken into consideration in assessing the suitability of candidates for postgraduate studies. Previous experience with working with complex microbial systems will be considered an advantage.

Postgraduate studies for the successful candidate will commence in January 2022. Preference will be given to South African citizens and permanent residents.

  • Requirements to apply: Applicants must have good academic record (preferably with a course aggregate of >65%) and hold a previous qualification in Chemical Engineering, Microbiology, Biochemistry or Biotechnology specifically BEng, BScEng, HonsBScEng or HonsBSc degrees from an accredited tertiary institution. Candidates with BTech, MTech, MEng or MSc qualifications will not be considered for these positions. Previous experience in microbial cultivations and bioprocess development will be a definite advantage. Preference will be given to South African citizens and permanent residents, and who display academic excellence.
  • Application documents: Cover letter, CV, complete academic transcripts and the contact details of at least three academic references. Merge all documents into a single PDF and attach it to the application. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications can be submitted to Dr Eugene van Rensburg at eugenevrb@sun.ac.za.

*Stellenbosch University reserves the right not to fill the position.

MEng Opportunities: Modelling the urban WEF Nexus for the City of Cape Town

  • Location: Department of Process Engineering, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch
  • Degree level: Research-based master’s degree in Chemical Engineering (two positions available)

Large amounts of natural resources like energy and water are utilized in cities around the world. Furthermore, issues around energy, water and food are difficult to separate, making resource planning difficult and complex. The research in these positions will develop mathematical modelling approaches to describe the interaction between water, energy and agricultural systems and apply it specifically for the City of Cape Town.

The positions are for full-time on-campus master’s studies starting in January 2022. Projects are fully funded and will be hosted within the Faculty of Engineering at Stellenbosch University. Stellenbosch University is one of the leading research institutions on the African continent and is known for its academic excellence and rich on-campus student experience. The position provides a unique opportunity to develop solutions to real world problems, and to work with some of the leading academics on the African continent. If you are independent, curiosity driven, innovative, and willing to work in an interdisciplinary environment, then this exciting position could be yours!

  • Requirements to apply: Applicants must have good academic record (preferably with a course aggregate of >65%) and hold a 4-year undergraduate BEng. or BSc. Eng. degree in Chemical, Industrial or Civil Engineering from an accredited tertiary institution. Previous experience in modelling will be a definite advantage. Preference will be given to candidates with South African nationality, and who display academic excellence. Please note that candidates holding a BTech are not eligible to apply.
  • Application documents: Cover letter, CV, complete academic transcripts and the contact details of at least three academic references. Merge all documents into a single PDF and attach it to the application. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications can be submitted to Prof Neill Goosen at njgoosen@sun.ac.za.

*Stellenbosch University reserves the right not to fill the position.