Job Details

  • Reference number: E210324
  • Province: Western Cape
  • Type of engagement: Permanent appointment
  • Posted: October 4th
  • Remuneration package: Lecturer: R765 575

Background to Position

The African Languages Section of the School of Languages and Literatures has an opening for a new position, to be appointed on 1 January 2022 or as soon as possible. We invite applications from black South Africans who are 40 years or younger for appointment to a full-time, permanent (tenure track) position at Lecturer level.

This post is funded by DoHET’s nGAP programme and open to applications from candidates at an early stage of their research career.

Job Description

This appointment will be made in terms of the purposes outlined in the Staffing South African Universities Framework (SSAUF). For more information, please see

The nGAP appointment covers a 6-year development period during which time a reduced teaching load is given to allow the appointee to acquire research and teaching skills and to develop a portfolio of published material.

Inherent Criteria


• A master’s degree in African languages and literatures or closely related cognate field, with a minimum average of 65% or equivalent across core courses.

• Registration for a PhD in African Languages or a closely related cognate field. Evidence for substantial progress in this doctoral research would be an advantage.

• Expertise in formal linguistics would be an advantage.

• Evidence of at least one year’s experience of teaching, preferably at tertiary level

• A high level of fluency and proficiency in isiXhosa. A high level of fluency and proficiency in Sesotho would be a decisive added advantage.

• A record of publication and participation in research events would be advantageous

Application Requirement

The annual remuneration package at Lecturer level, including benefits, for 2021 is as follows:

• Lecturer: R765 575

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

- UCT Application Form (download at )

- Cover letter, and

- 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. Only shortlisted candidate will be contacted and may be required to undergo assessments.

Telephone: 021 650 2163                                         Website:

Reference number: E210324                                  Closing date: 17 October 2021

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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.