Job Details

  • Reference number: E210342
  • Province: Western Cape
  • Type of engagement: Permanent appointment
  • Posted: October 5th
  • Remuneration package: • Senior Lecturer : R921 012 • Associate Professor : R1 105 604

Background to Position

The Department of Chemical Engineering within the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment at the University of Cape Town has an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research and invites applications from suitably qualified persons for these posts commencing 1 January 2022. The Department is actively committed to teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and research. The undergraduate degree programme is ECSA accredited. Research is carried out in the areas of bioprocess engineering, catalysis and catalytic processing, engineering education, environmental and process systems engineering, hydrometallurgy, minerals processing, precipitation and crystallisation, and reaction engineering. Furthermore, the department houses strong inter-disciplinary research institutes and themes, such as the Future Water Institute and the Minerals-to-Metals Initiative. The Department enjoys strong, global support for its teaching and research programmes, and maintains close links with the South African chemical, petrochemical, biotechnological and minerals industries.

Department of Chemical Engineering

Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment

Job Description

Responsibilities for Appointment at Senior Lecturer Level (2 Posts): 

Teaching

• The successful applicant is expected to contribute to the teaching of our core Chemical Engineering undergraduate curriculum; • Supervise/co-supervise postgraduate students.

Research 

• Contribute to the existing research expertise of the Department;

• Mentor, supervise and co-supervise masters and doctoral students;

• Develop/expand research collaborations within UCT as well as nationally and internationally;

• Raise research funding, apply for grants from appropriate national and international funding bodies. 

Leadership, management and administration

• Contribute to excellence in the operation of the Chemical Engineering teaching Programme, by maintaining and growing the reputation of the programme;

• Perform administrative functions at Departmental, Faculty and, if needed, University level;

• Perform administrative functions related to teaching and research projects (i.e. convene courses, manage research teams, manage funding for research, monitor operational expenses, write progress reports).

Social responsiveness

• Translate research findings for relevant non-academic audiences.

Responsibilities for Appointment at Associate Professor Level:

Teaching

• The successful applicant is expected to contribute to the teaching of our core Chemical Engineering undergraduate curriculum; • Supervise/co-supervise undergraduate students (research projects) and postgraduate students.

Research

• Provide leadership in a defined research area; 

• Contribute to and extend the research expertise of the Department;

• Mentor, supervise and co-supervise masters and doctoral students;

• Assist in training and mentoring lecturers and technical staff in research laboratories;

• Develop/expand research collaborations within UCT as well as nationally and internationally;

• Raise research funding, apply for grants from appropriate national and international funding bodies. 

Leadership, management and administration

• Contribute to excellence in the operation of the Chemical Engineering teaching Programme, by maintaining and growing the reputation of the programme;

• Perform administrative functions at Departmental, Faculty and University level;

• Perform administrative functions related to teaching and research projects (i.e., convene courses, manage research teams, manage funding for research, monitor operational expenses, write progress reports.

Social responsiveness

• Translate research findings for relevant non-academic audiences. 

Inherent Criteria

Requirements for Appointment at Senior Lecturer Level (2 Posts): 

• BSc (Eng) in Chemical Engineering, or a closely allied engineering discipline, and a PhD in Chemical Engineering or a closely allied scientific discipline;

• Teaching experience and the ability to teach in the BSc (Eng) Chemical Engineering undergraduate curriculum;

• A defined area of research which can contribute to current research in the department, or develop a complementary research stream;

• A track record of research with demonstrated research outputs, such as reports or publications.

Additional requirements for the Senior Lecturer posts are:

• Senior Lecturer (Permanent): Ability to teach Chemical Engineering process control with practical knowledge of control logic followed in process design;

• Senior Lecturer (Contract): Ability to teach reactor design and have research aligned to catalysis and catalytic processing. 

Advantages: 

• Postgraduate supervision record;

• Relevant industrial experience;

• Professional Engineering registration;

• National Research Foundation rating;

• Experience in management (of courses, staff and/or research projects).

Requirements for Appointment at Associate Professor Level:

• BSc (Eng) in Chemical Engineering, or a closely allied engineering discipline, and a PhD in Chemical Engineering or a closely allied scientific discipline;

• Teaching experience and the ability to teach in the BSc (Eng) Chemical Engineering undergraduate curriculum;

• Postgraduate supervision experience as the principal supervisor;

• A track record of research with demonstrated research outputs in the area of catalysis and catalytic processing, which will contribute to the Department’s current research foci in this area;

• A minimum of 5 years working experience in an academic position for a reputable institution;

• Relevant industrial working experience in their research-related field;

• A demonstrated record of raising research funds. 

Advantages:

• International reputation with active international research collaborations;

• Professional Engineering registration;

• National Research Foundation rating;

• A demonstrable capacity for research group leadership. 

Application Requirement

To apply, please e-mail the below documents in a single pdf file to Ms Abigail Dixon.

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

• A letter of motivation; and

• Curriculum Vitae (CV).

Please ensure the title and reference number are indicated in the subject line. Please indicate which position level you are applying for. An application which does not comply with the above requirements will be regarded as incomplete. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and may be required to undergo competency assessments. ae (CV).

Telephone: 021 650 1673                                              Website: www.chemeng.uct.ac.za

Reference number: E210342                                       Closing date: 25 October 2021

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.

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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.