Professor / Associate Professor and Head of Department (One post) - Department of Information Scienc

South Africa
Sep 10, 2019
Oct 10, 2019
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
In pursuit of the ideals of excellence and diversity, the University of Pretoria wishes to invite applications for the above vacancy.

The University of Pretoria's commitment to quality makes us one of the top research Universities in the country and gives us a competitive advantage in international science and technology development.

The Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology requires the services of a dynamic person of proven academic stature and relevant management experience to lead the Department of Information Science.


The successful candidate will be responsible for:
  • The strategic, academic and operational management of the Department;
  • Promoting, planning, organizing and managing academic and research programmes and the Department's research profile;
  • Recruiting and managing of world class personnel;
  • All financial activities including externally funded projects;
  • Playing an active role as academic leader of the discipline at a national and international level;
  • Marketing and growing the Department with the emphasis on growth on graduate level.


Associate Professor:
  • A PhD in Information Science;
  • Academic status in the relevant discipline;
  • A proven research and publication record;
  • A proven understanding and publications in the broader information science environment including multimedia, publishing studies and IT-related subjects;
  • Supervision of PhD and graduation of Master's candidates;
  • National recognition as a researcher.

  • As for Associate Professor;

  • International recognition as a researcher;
  • Experience in the successful graduation of PhD candidates.

Head of Department must demonstrate the following:
  • Experience in high-level liaison with internal and external stakeholders and professional boards;
  • Experience in managing Information Science and technical staff, particularly in a university environment;
  • Teaching and research experience in areas such as multimedia and publishing studies and interdisciplinary work within the IT field related to information science;
  • Experience in proposal writing, the marketing of projects to obtain research and development contracts, as well as external funding;
  • Experience in international collaboration;
  • Proven leadership, team building and communication skills.

  • Excellent communication, interpersonal skills and teambuilding experience.

  • Managerial experience at a tertiary institution;
  • International recognition;
  • An exceptional research record in one of the Department's research specialisation fields;
  • Registered member with LIASA, the ACM, CILIP or similar professional associations;
  • NRF-rating.

The annual remuneration package will be commensurate with the incumbent's level of appointment, as determined by UP policy guidelines. UP subscribes to the BESTMED and UMVUZO medical aid schemes and contributes 50% of the applicable monthly premium.

Candidates may be expected to make a 10-minute presentation to the Appointments Committee on his / her vision for the Department.

By applying, candidates agree to the appointment process as set out in the relevant UP policy document. This process can be accessed at

Although candidates will be appointed permanently as Professor or Associate Professor, the headship is a fixed-term appointment of four years. Preference will be given to the incumbent for re-appointment for a second term.

CLOSING DATE: 30 September 2019

No application will be considered after the closing date, or if it does not comply with at least the minimum requirements and documentation.

ENQUIRIES: Prof Sunil Maharaj, Tel: (012) 420 5318, e-mail: .

Should you not hear from the University of Pretoria by 31 December 2019, please accept that your application has been unsuccessful.

The University of Pretoria is committed to equality, employment equity and diversity.

In accordance with the Employment Equity Plan of the University and its Employment Equity goals and targets, preference may be given, but is not limited to candidates from under-represented designated groups.

All candidates who comply with the requirements for appointment are invited to apply.

The University of Pretoria reserves the right to not fill the advertised positions.

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