Job Details

  • Province: Gauteng
  • Type of engagement: Permanent appointment
  • Posted: September 7th

Background to Position

The Department of English, University of the Witwatersrand, seeks to make an appointment at the level of Associate Lecturer (to start in January 2022). This is a fixed-term, three-year position that can be converted to a permanent appointment on condition that a PhD is attained by the successful candidate.

The Department is situated in the School of Literature, Language and Media. It offers an undergraduate major in literary studies, as well as Honours, MA and PhD degrees. Members of staff undertake research into and teach world literatures in English, particularly via their relation to the local.

Job Description


The successful candidate will contribute to the teaching of a wide-ranging and diverse curriculum; supervise Honours students; be research-active in areas related to the discipline; participate in interdisciplinary research and teaching; carry out administrative duties; and take part in the intellectual and public life of the School and University.

Inherent Criteria


Candidates should have some teaching experience at university level. They should have an MA degree and be registered for a PhD – with a view to completing their doctoral degree by the end of 2024. A record of scholarly publication and experience with postgraduate supervision are preferable.

Application Requirement

To apply, submit a letter of motivation - clearly indicating which position you are applying for, detailed CV and the names and contact details of three referees (incl. e-mail addresses).

The University is committed to employment equity. Preference may be given to appointable applicants from the under-represented designated groups in terms of the relevant employment equity plans and policies of the University. Designated groups as defined in the Employment Equity Act 55 of 1998, as amended, means black people, women and people with disabilities.

Closing Date: 1st October 2021

Please note that only applications via the website will be considered for shortlisting.  The University reserves the right to verify all information provided by candidates and to verify credit standing. Please note that correspondence will only be entered into with short-listed candidates.

The University reserves the right not to make an appointment or to re-advertise.

About University of the Witwatersrand

The University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, is a multi-campus South African public research university situated in the northern areas of central Johannesburg. It is more commonly known as Wits University or Wits.