About Us: The University of Venda, committed to excellence in teaching, learning, research, and community engagement, fosters graduates equipped with locally relevant knowledge and globally competitive qualifications. Anchored on these pillars, we embark on innovative research endeavors to address pressing societal challenges.

Position Available: Postdoctoral Fellow in Renewable Energy Microgrid Systems Project Overview: We seek a dedicated Postdoctoral Fellow to contribute to our renewable energy microgrid project. The project focuses on optimizing the integration of generating, storage, and converting units to efficiently serve local loads. Key objectives include designing sustainable green hydrogen-based microgrid systems, assessing the technical feasibility and economic viability of integrating green hydrogen storage technologies, evaluating environmental impacts, and promoting community engagement and capacity-building activities.
The postdoctoral fellowship will be awarded on a competitive basis, considering the candidate’s academic achievements, potential as an independent researcher, and the extent to which s/he meets the requirements for the call.

Research Focus: The Postdoctoral Fellow will focus on advancements in hydrogen storage technologies for microgrid applications. This research will explore novel solutions such as solid-state storage materials, nanostructured electrodes, or chemical hydrides to enhance the efficiency, safety, and scalability of hydrogen storage within microgrid environments.


  • Comprehensive CV and cover letter with one or more referees
  • Academic transcript and certificates for all tertiary qualifications in Physics or related fields, with a strong inclination towards renewable energy power system design and simulations.
  • 45 years or younger
  • Sound knowledge of hydrogen fuel cell, photovoltaic, and waste-to-energy conversion technologies.
  • Proven ability to write and publish in accredited peer-reviewed journalsand project management.
  • Ability to supervise Master’s and Honors student research projects.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Other responsibilities include:

  • Commitment to producing high-quality publications.
  • Manage research team.
  • Contribute to teaching when required to other related research and capacity-building projects.
  • Assist in the preparation of proposals and reports.

Why Join Us:

  • Engage in impactful research addressing global energy challenges.
  • Collaborate with a supportive research team and access to state-of-the-art facilities.
  • Contribute to community development and capacity-building initiatives.
  • Opportunity for professional growth and networking.

Application Process: Interested candidates are invited to submit a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
Join us at the University of Venda and be part of shaping a sustainable future through renewable energy innovation! Inquiries and Submission: To Dr Mulaudzi TS, at Sophie.Mulaudzi@univen.ac.za Application Deadline: 20 July 2024 (no late or incomplete applications will be considered)

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