Open volunteer position at SANBio: Journalist

Attention aspiring journalists: SANBio is looking for a volunteer journalist!


Have you always been interested in life sciences? Have you ever wondered what the next big scientific revolution will be?


The Southern Africa Network for Biosciences (SANBio) is recruiting a volunteer journalist to work with SANBio in 2018. The programme is a once in a lifetime opportunity for young journalists and social media influencers. During the 4-6 months you will get to see what is going on in the world of biosciences in Southern Africa!


Who’s eligible?

You may be the person we are looking for, if you are:
-    An aspiring journalist (graduate or student due to graduate soon) or an influencer in social media, for example an accomplished blogger or vlogger;
-    Born between 1988 and 2000;
-    Able to work and communicate fluently in English;
-    Interested in learning new things, meeting people from different cultures and spheres of science and spending several months in South Africa;
-    Excited to become a part of something bigger!


What does the position involve?

The volunteer will be stationed at the SANBio Hub at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Pretoria, South Africa. The volunteer will start working in April. The exact duration of the position can be agreed upon. The work involves writing articles on pertinent issues in biosciences, briefings on various subjects, meetings with bioscience professionals and visits to projects and institutions.

The position provides an excellent opportunity to learn more about biosciences and the innovation field in the SADC region and globally. It also offers the means to enhance your professional skills, as well as expand your network of professional colleagues and international friends.

The volunteer may also earn academic credit for their work; the volunteer will need to confirm this with his home institution.

The volunteer will need to cover his/her expenses related to participating in the volunteer programme.



The closing date for applications is 6 April 2018 at 11.59 pm local time.
Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

All application documents should be written in English and include:

1. Curriculum vitae
2. Motivation letter
3. A work sample or an essay (600-800 words)


The application documents should be sent by email to:
Queries can be directed to: