Research Assistant (Six Months Contract) - Department of Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology - F

University of Pretoria
South Africa
Closing date
Aug 12, 2022

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Veterinary Medicine
Full Time
Organization Type
University and College
Jobseeker Type
Academic (e.g. 'Lecturer')
UP Posting - Academic




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.

In pursuit of the ideals of excellence and diversity, the University of Pretoria wishes to invite applications for the following vacancy.

Associate Professor / Professor: Systems Engineering (full-time position)

The Graduate School of Technology Management (GSTM) is the first graduate school of its kind in South Africa and also the largest in Africa. The GSTM provides management skills and knowledge training to practising engineers and scientists. The GSTM offers internationally recognised postgraduate programmes at honours, masters and doctoral level in Technology and Innovation Management, Engineering Management and Project Management. Research is a high priority for the GSTM.

Successful candidates should be committed to excellence in Systems Engineering (including concepts of sociotechnical systems and model-based approaches) and Systems Thinking (including system dynamics modelling for complex problems and systems) research and postgraduate teaching.


The person in the position will be responsible for research assistance with respect to DNA marker analysis in the DNA Fingerprinting Platform of the Forest Molecular Genetics (FMG) Programme in the Department of Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology (NAS Faculty). This will include DNA isolation, DNA marker data generation, analysis, interpretation and written communication/reporting of results to the Platform Manager.


It will be expected of the successful candidates to:
  • Teach post-graduate modules on the programme focus areas of the GSTM;
  • Supervision of postgraduate Master's and Doctoral students;
  • Publish research articles consistently in the foremost internationally accredited journals;
  • Conduct research in a highly productive manner;
  • Raise and manage additional funding from national and international funding agencies and industry to support the activities of the relevant GSTM research areas;
  • Expand existing research programmes or initiate new research programmes;
  • Perform assigned departmental duties (e.g. of an administrative nature).


Associate Professor
  • A BEng/BScEng degree from a university of which the undergraduate programme is recognised by the Washington accord or is recognised by ECSA to be equivalent;
  • A Masters' degree;
  • A relevant PhD degree that follows on the previous qualification;
  • Industry experience especially within the field of Systems Engineering;
  • Expertise and research experience in one or more of the specialist areas of the Engineering Management research group in the Department;
  • At least six years' experience at a tertiary academic institution or industry related experience;
  • A record of previous undergraduate and/or postgraduate teaching experience, including supervision of Masters and/or Doctoral students;
  • An established and nationally recognised record of research supported by publications in high quality peer reviewed journals.

  • Same as for associate professor, plus;
  • At least eight years' experience at a tertiary academic institution or industry related experience;
  • A record of previous undergraduate and/or postgraduate teaching experience, including graduation of Doctoral students;
  • A well-established and internationally recognised record of research supported by publications in high quality peer reviewed journals.

  • Evidence of teaching excellence to large postgraduate classes;
  • Preference will be given to candidates who have teaching and research expertise that complement the Department's research focus area;
  • Related industry work or consulting experience;
  • Candidates registered or registerable as Professional Engineer with ECSA;
  • NRF rating or have applied for one.

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 medical aid scheme 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 cover letter summarizing relevant experience and the areas of your teaching and research expertise/interests;
  • A comprehensive CV;
  • Certified copies of qualifications
  • A brief teaching portfolio;
  • 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.

CLOSING DATE: 15 August 2022

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

ENQUIRIES: Prof Elma van der Lingen (Tel 012 4205939)

Should you not hear from the University of Pretoria by (specified date), 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.

By applying for this vacancy, the candidates consent to undergo verification of personal credentials and related information including, but not limited to, qualifications, criminal record, credit record, current and historic disciplinary proceedings as part of the selection process.

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

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