Job Details

  • Reference number: E210285
  • Province: Western Cape
  • Type of engagement: Permanent appointment
  • Posted: August 17th
  • Remuneration package: Associate Professor: R1 105 604 Senior Lecturer: R921 012

Background to Position

The Department of Chemistry within the Faculty of Science at the University of Cape Town seeks to fill a permanent academic position in organic chemistry at the level of Associate Professor or Senior Lecturer. Our mission is to pursue top-quality research and education and to interact constructively with society. We seek to strengthen the department’s teaching of organic chemistry and research in synthetic organic chemistry, with possible application to the current research themes in the department: Chemistry for Health in Africa and Chemistry for a Sustainable Future. 

Job Description

Responsibilities include:

• Develop a strong research programme, preferably in the area of synthetic organic chemistry as applied to Health in Africa and a Sustainable Future.

• Develop and teach courses in the sub-discipline of organic chemistry at both introductory and senior undergraduate level (including service courses) and give specialist lectures at the Honours (4th year) level. At the Associate Professor level, the successful candidate must have the vision and experience to oversee the full organic chemistry curriculum and provide direction within the discipline.

• Supervise Honours, MSc and PhD students.

• Contribute to administration in the Department and Faculty of Science.

Inherent Criteria

Requirements include: 

For appointment at Associate Professor Level:

• A PhD in the field of synthetic organic chemistry and/or synthetic medicinal chemistry or related field and at least 6 years relevant experience, with at least three years at a senior level

• An excellent track record of publication in peer reviewed journals as corresponding senior author, with a significant number in high quality journals. A successful candidate must be an established researcher with a sustained recent record of productivity in the field and some evidence that they enjoy international recognition.

• Experience in teaching organic chemistry at undergraduate level with evidence of teaching excellence and a contribution to curriculum development. Applicants from non-academic institutions must show evidence of conducting staff training in respect of seminars, courses, and workshops.

• A solid track record of supervision of PhD and MSc students to graduation or evidence of mentorship and training of junior researchers.

• A track record of raising research funding. For appointment at Senior Lecturer level:

• A PhD in the field of synthetic organic chemistry and/or synthetic medicinal chemistry or related field, with at least 3 years of postdoctoral experience.

• A track record of independent research, including supervision and publications.

• Success in securing external research funding would be advantageous.

• Significant teaching experience at university level, or equivalent. • Experience in curriculum development would be advantageous.

For appointment at Senior Lecturer level:

• A PhD in the field of synthetic organic chemistry and/or synthetic medicinal chemistry or related field, with at least 3 years of postdoctoral experience.

• A track record of independent research, including supervision and publications.

• Success in securing external research funding would be advantageous.

• Significant teaching experience at university level, or equivalent. • Experience in curriculum development would be advantageous. 

Responsibilities include:

• Develop a strong research programme, preferably in the area of synthetic organic chemistry as applied to Health in Africa and a Sustainable Future.

• Develop and teach courses in the sub-discipline of organic chemistry at both introductory and senior undergraduate level (including service courses) and give specialist lectures at the Honours (4th year) level. At the Associate Professor level, the successful candidate must have the vision and experience to oversee the full organic chemistry curriculum and provide direction within the discipline.

• Supervise Honours, MSc and PhD students.

• Contribute to administration in the Department and Faculty of Science. 

Application Requirement

To apply, please e-mail the below documents in a single pdf file to Ms Natasha Khan at recruitment06@uct.ac.za

- UCT Application Form (download at http://forms.uct.ac.za/hr201.doc)

- Motivational letter

- Research and Teaching statement

- Curriculum Vitae (CV) and copies of the five best papers in the role of principal investigator.

Please ensure the title and reference number are indicated in the subject line.

An application which does not comply with the above requirements will be regarded as incomplete.

Telephone: 021 650 3469                       Website: http://www.chemistry.uct.ac.za 

UCT is a designated employer and is committed to the pursuit of excellence, diversity, and redress in achieving its equity targets in accordance with the Employment Equity Plan of the University and its Employment Equity goals and targets. Preference will be given to candidates from the under-represented Designated Groups. Our Employment Equity Policy is available at www.uct.ac.za/downloads/uct.ac.za/about/policies/eepolicy.pdf. UCT reserves the right not to appoint.

About University of Cape Town

The University of Cape Town (UCT) is South Africa's oldest university, and is one of Africa's leading teaching and research institutions. UCT was founded in 1829 as the South African College, a high school for boys. The College had a small tertiary-education facility that grew substantially after 1880, when the discovery of gold and diamonds in the north – and the resulting demand for skills in mining – gave it the financial boost it needed to grow. The College developed into a fully fledged university during the period 1880 to 1900, thanks to increased funding from private sources and the government.