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Job advertisement Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Photogrammetry

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Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Photogrammetry

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Photogrammetry

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University of the Western Cape, South Africa

The Department of Earth Sciences at UWC offers challenging opportunities in the nationally strategic areas of natural resources combining the disciplines of Applied geology, environmental and water sciences. These rapidly expanding programmes have established an international profile through teaching and research. Our research aim as a department is to study fundamental processes, and to investigate linkage between different components of the earth system (solid earth, hydrosphere, biosphere and atmosphere). The range of research topics covered within the department and in collaboration with other research institutes and universities is very broad, and reflects the diversity in the research interests of the staff.

Research is organised in the broad fields of Environmental Water & Science and Applied Geology. The main research areas are in Petroleum Geology, Economic Geology/ Exploration Geochemistry, Tectonic Evolution, Integrated Water Resource Management and Groundwater studies under the leadership of the UNESCO Chair. These groups do not have rigid boundaries, and graduate students are often associated with more than one group, particularly when the nature of their research is inter-disciplinary.

The research facilities include geochemical, petrological, remote sensing/GIS, hydraulics and a 3D visualising (Highly Immersive Visualization Environment) laboratories housing XRF, GFAAS, isotope Analysers etc.


Cape Town, South Africa


Relevant divisions
Geomorphology (GM)
Geosciences Instrumentation and Data Systems (GI)
Planetary and Solar System Sciences (PS)

Full time

Entry level

The researcher will receive a bursary of R231,000/year (ZAR) for two years, and R60,000/year (ZAR) for research costs.

Required education

Application deadline
Open until the position is filled

12 September 2021

Job description

The Department of Earth Science at the University of the Western Cape, in Cape Town, South Africa, is seeking a candidate for a postdoctoral research position in the field of computational geology for 3D rendering of geological features with photogrammetry. The project is funded by the DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence for Integrated Mineral and Energy Resource Analysis (CIMERA).

Candidates are preferred to have knowledge of Agisoft Metashape and experience with drone images. Tasks for this position will include field work to collect images of relevant outcrops for photogrammetry, computational work to process images into 3D models, and visualization of the models for research purposes and virtual field trips. The key outcrops for this research will include sites of importance for geoheritage and planetary science (i.e., impact craters) in South Africa. Models will be projected within the Highly Immersive Visualization Environment (HIVE), a computationally advanced laboratory that is uniquely designed for processing and manipulating visual geological data.

The position will be funded from January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2023.

How to apply

For further information or to apply, please contact:
Dr. Matthew S. Huber: