Professor and Head (Mathematics and Applied Mathematics)

University of Pretoria
South Africa
Mar 24, 2021
Jun 22, 2021
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 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 University of Pretoria is seeking a highly motivated, internationally recognised scientist to lead and deepen the full spectrum of academic activities in the Department. The ideal candidate will have experience in academic administration in a university context. In addition to leadership-related activities, the candidate is expected to maintain a level of teaching practice and research activity.
In addition to the normal administrative duties of a head of department, this position will involve the realisation of a vision for the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics. The incumbent will actively support and drive the University of Pretoria's 2025 vision to become a leading research-intensive university in Africa. Thus, applicants should demonstrate a record of developing and executing strategies in support of an over-arching vision. UP's 2025 vision requires departmental responses to international research collaboration, innovative hybrid teaching models, effective supervision at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, inclusive transformation processes and impactful community engagement.
The Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics is a leading centre for research in and teaching of mathematics in South Africa. The diverse and competent staff complement has expertise in diverse fields including: functional analysis, algebra and logic, abstract analysis, the theoretical and numerical analysis of partial differential equations, mathematical modelling and bio-mathematics, discrete mathematics, mathematics education and financial mathematics. The Department also makes a significant contribution to teaching in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences. Besides teaching core mathematics modules to students in mathematics, statistics, physics and actuarial science, the department presents a large number of service modules as well as the mathematics modules in the University of Pretoria's extended programme. The department thus endeavours to excel in its undergraduate teaching offering as well as effectively manage the complexity such a wide offering presents.


• The strategic, academic and operational managing of the Department;
• Strategically developing and marketing the Department to increase its African and international standing;
• Promoting the Department's research profile;
• Ensuring scholarly academic and professional education and training;
• Fundraising for departmental activities;
• Improving the Department's diversity and Employment Equity (EE) profile.


• A relevant doctorate with at least ten year's relevant experience;
• Experience in high-level liaison with internal and external stakeholders and professional associations;
• Academic status and both national and international recognition in the relevant discipline;
• A proven research and publication record and peer recognition;
• An appropriate vision for the Department.


• Managerial skills and competencies;
• Strong leadership and communication skills;
• Interpersonal skills;
• Diversity management skills;
• The ability to lead research programmes.


• A clear statement on how the applicants research and teaching interests fits in with existing activities in the Department;
• Managerial experience at a tertiary institution;
• A strong research record in one of the Department's research specialisation fields.

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.

Applicants are requested to apply online at, and follow the link: Careers@UP.
In applying for this post, please attach:
• A comprehensive CV;
• Certified copies of qualifications;
• Names, e-mail addresses and telephone details of three referees whom we have permission to contact;
• Names and contact details of peer reviewers (academic and research);
• Self-evaluation;
• Teaching portfolio;
• Your vision for the Department.

Candidates are expected to make a 10-minute verbal (no technology) presentation to the Faculty Recruitment and Selection 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, the headship is a fixed-term appointment of four years. Preference will be given to the incumbent for re-appointment for a second term if they are available for appointment.

CLOSING DATE: 09 April 2021

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

ENQUIRIES: Nontando Radebe, Tel: (012) 420 2085 for application-related enquiries, and Prof Barend Erasmus, Tel: (012) 420 3201 for enquiries relating to the post content.
Should you not hear from the University of Pretoria by 30 June 2021, 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.