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MSC Bursary in Plant Breeding Sugarcane Research at South African Sugar Association

To promote innovation in South African sugarcane agriculture, the South African Sugarcane Research Institute (SASRI) hosts a dynamic post-graduate programme on the SASRI campus in Mount Edgecome, KwaZulu-Natal.

The research is conducted under the supervision of SASRI scientists who are affiliated with several leading South African universities, including the University of KwaZulu-Natal, University of Pretoria, and University of the Free State and Stellenbosch University.

The ideal candidate must have:

  • BSc or BSc Hons in Plant Breeding, Genetics, Crop Science, Horticulture and Agronomy with a minor in Statistics.
  • Strong academic background in the fields of genetics, plant breeding, quantitative genetics and statistics.
  • Good knowledge and understanding of statistical data analysis using statistical software and experimental design is essential. However, further practical training will be provided.
  • Possess critical thinking and analytical skills as well as the ability to work in a diverse team.

What the Bursary Offers:

  • This post-graduate bursary offers tuition fees and board and lodging on site at our Sugarcane Research Institute in Mount Edgecombe.
  • The successful candidate will be based at SASRI (Mount Edgecombe) and will register with one of the South African Universities

The ideal candidate will have the following competencies:

  • Ability
  • Critically review scientific literature
  • Write a scientific research paper
  • Analyse data and provide recommendations


  • Analyising data and providing recommendations
  • Preparing and presenting a research proposal
  • Working with field trials


  • Plant Breeding or Genetics at Honours level
  • Statistical research methods applicable to Plant Breeding or Genetics research


Opportunity Closing Date: 
Monday, February 5, 2018
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