Job Details

  • Reference number: E210332
  • Province: Western Cape
  • Type of engagement: Permanent appointment
  • Posted: October 4th
  • Remuneration package: The annual remuneration packages, including benefits for the respective levels, for 2021 may be reviewed at Assistant Lecturer: R676 074 Lecturer: R765 575 Senior Lecturer: R921 012

Background to Position

The Department of Philosophy is seeking to make an appointment as Assistant Lecturer, Lecturer (US equivalent of Assistant Professor) or Senior Lecturer level. The Department currently has seven permanent academics all working mainly within the analytic tradition, but with a wide span of philosophical interests. At undergraduate level it provides a major in the discipline and contributes service teaching in the Faculties of Commerce and Health Sciences. The post-graduate provision includes an Honours programme and taught Masters programme and research degrees at Masters and Doctoral level. PPE (Philosophy, Politics and Economics) is a programme offered at undergraduate, Honours and Masters level.

Job Description

At Lecturer and Senior Lecturer levels the successful candidate will be expected to undertake research and to teach both undergraduate and postgraduate (Honours/Masters) courses, provide supervision for postgraduate (Masters and Doctoral) dissertations, participate in departmental academic activities, and take some administrative responsibility. The usual teaching load is one undergraduate course per semester, one postgraduate course per year in addition to supervision of postgraduate students. At Assistant Lecturer level the successful candidate will be expected to take on these responsibilities in a reasonable time.

Inherent Criteria


• Research expertise and proven ability to teach in at least one of the following areas: Metaphysics, Epistemology or the Philosophy of Social Science. We are open to a broad range of approaches to issues in these areas of philosophy, including especially those from within African Philosophy.

• For appointment at Assistant Lecturer Level, a Master’s degree in philosophy, enrolment in a Doctoral programme, demonstrated progress towards the degree and clear promise of research publications and lecturing ability.

• For appointment at Lecturer a doctorate in philosophy prior to taking up the post.

• For appointment at Senior Lecturer level, a doctorate in philosophy prior to taking up the post and a record of publications commensurate with experience.


• Experience of undergraduate lecturing, including lecturing to large classes

• Experience of post-graduate teaching and supervision

• A record of active research and publication 

Application Requirement

Informal queries may be sent to:

To apply, please e-mail the below documents in a single pdf file to Ian Petersen

- UCT Application Form (download at

- Cover letter, and

- Curriculum Vitae (CV)

- A writing sample of not more than 6000 words

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. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted and may be required to make a presentation to the Department. 

Telephone: 021 650 2163                                      Website: Philosophy | Faculty of Humanities (

Reference number: E210332                               Closing date: 31 October 2021

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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.