Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor - Department of Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology

South Africa
Oct 11, 2019
Nov 09, 2019
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences

Department of biochemistry, genetics and microbiology

Lecturer/senior lecturer/associate professor (one post)

In pursuit of the ideals of excellence and diversity, the University of Pretoria wishes to invite applications for the following 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 incumbent will be responsible for:
  • Scarce skills teaching and mentoring capacity in Population Genetics at senior undergraduate and postgraduate levels;
  • Establishing an independent research programme in the Department to contribute to research and postgraduate supervision;
  • Networking with associated research groups and entities at UP, as well as fostering international collaboration.

Minimum requirements:

  • A PhD-degree in Genetics or a closely aligned field, with evidence of specialisation in Population Genetics;
  • Evidence of teaching experience at undergraduate level;
  • Research publications in recognised journals.

Senior Lecturer (Same as for Lecturer, plus):
  • An established publication record and evidence of local recognition (e.g. NRF Y-rating);
  • Evidence of current and completed postgraduate student supervision at MSc and PhD levels;
  • Successful acquisition of research funding;
  • Teaching experience and curriculum development at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Associate Professor (Same as for Lecturer and Senior Lecturer, plus):
  • An established publication record and evidence of international recognition (if from a South African university, NRF C-rating);

Required competencies (skills, knowledge and behavioural attributes):
  • In-depth subject knowledge in Genetics, with specialisation in Population Genetics;
  • Excellent communication skills and computer literacy;
  • A student-centred mind-set;
  • Excellent organizational skills;
  • Teamwork and good interpersonal skills;
  • Multi-disciplinary research skills.

Added advantages and preferences:
  • More than two years' experience in a tertiary environment;
  • Specialisation in molecular ecology with applications in conservation biology, invasion biology and/or reconstruction of population history;
  • Membership/affiliation of national scientific and professional bodies;
  • Evidence of community engagement activities;
  • A driver's licence.

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.

Closing date:: 24 October 2019

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


Mr Pieter Viviers, Tel: (012) 420 5057 for application-related enquiries, and Prof Paulette Bloomer, Tel: (+27 12) 420 3259 for enquiries relating to the post content.

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. All candidates agree to undergo verification of personal credentials.

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

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