Job Details

  • Reference number: E210286
  • Province: Western Cape
  • Type of engagement: Permanent appointment
  • Posted: August 25th
  • Remuneration package: The annual remuneration package for 2021, including benefits is R765 575 (Lecturer) and R921 012 (Senior Lecturer).

Background to Position

The Chemistry Department within the Faculty of Science at the University of Cape Town seeks to fill a permanent academic position in physical chemistry at lectureship level. Our mission is to pursue top-quality research and education and to interact constructively with society. We seek to add to the department’s teaching of physical chemistry at a senior undergraduate level, as well as strengthen present research themes in physical chemistry, such as biophysical chemistry and chemical glycobiology, supramolecular chemistry and computational chemistry. 

Job Description

Responsibilities include:

• Develop a research programme in an area of focus in the Department.

• Develop and teach courses in the sub-discipline of physical chemistry at both introductory and senior undergraduate level (including service courses) and give specialist lectures at Honours (4th year) level.

• Supervise Honours, MSc and PhD students.

• Contribute to administration in the Department.

Inherent Criteria

Requirements include:

For appointment at Lecturer Level: 

• A PhD in physical chemistry or an appropriate cognate discipline, with at least one year of relevant postdoctoral experience.

• Evidence of publishing research output.

• Teaching experience would be advantageous.

For appointment at Senior Lecturer level:

• A PhD in physical chemistry or an appropriate cognate discipline, with at least three years of postdoctoral experience.

• A track record of independent research, including publications and postgraduate supervision or mentoring of junior researchers.

• Success in securing external research funding would be advantageous.

• Teaching experience at university level, or equivalent would be advantageous.

• Experience in curriculum development would be advantageous. 

Application Requirement

To apply, please e-mail the below documents in a single pdf file to Ms Natasha Khan at

  • UCT Application Form (download at
  • Motivational letter and a research and teaching statement
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) 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.

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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.