Job Details

  • Reference number: E210329
  • Province: Western Cape
  • Type of engagement: Permanent appointment
  • Posted: October 5th
  • Remuneration package: The annual cost of employment for 2021, including benefits at Lecturer level is R 765 575

Background to Position

Applications are invited for one full-time permanent appointment at the Lecturer level in the Sociology Department, University of Cape Town. The Department is a leading centre for sociological studies in Africa. Information about the Department can be found at

Although there is no preferred area of specialisation, the applicant must demonstrate synergies with the department’s vision of critical and transformative pedagogy and curriculum, where a strong emphasis is placed on social justice, inequality and development in Africa. Information about the Department can be found at It is hoped that the successful candidate for this permanent post will commence duties by January 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter

Job Description


• Teach at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

• Teach quantitative social science methods to masters level, including multivariate analysis.

• Supervise postgraduate student research.

• Undertake and publish own research.

• Carry out administrative responsibilities at departmental level as required.


• Strong empirical grounding in their fields of specialization, a collaborative spirit, theoretical fluency, and ability and willingness to develop and teach critical and imaginative courses beyond their immediate research fields.

• An active publication profile, a proven research track record

Inherent Criteria


• A PhD in Sociology or a cognate discipline for appointment. Exceptional candidates nearing the completion of PhD may also be considered for the position.

• A university training in one or more courses in advanced social science statistics.

• Undergraduate and/or postgraduate teaching experience.

• Experience and competence in use and application of advanced quantitative research methods and statistical analysis in applicants’ own research.


• A proven record of high-quality teaching at a university level

Application Requirement

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

Complete applications will include:

• UCT Application Form (download at

• An up-to-date curriculum vitae, including the names and e-mail addresses of three academic referees.

• A cover letter of no more than 2 single-spaced pages, which includes a brief statement of teaching philosophy, a short description of past and current research, and an outline of future research plans.

• One writing sample of no more than 30 pp. (for example, an article, conference paper or excerpt drawn from a dissertation chapter).

• An original proposal for a six-week lecture course intended for final-year undergraduates in Social Research Methods. A course proposal may include:

  1.  A title
  2.  A short 150-word introduction to the nature, contents and aims of the course, indicating the main questions, the types of study materials, and the skills involved.
  3. Sub-themes expressed clearly in the titles of weekly lectures.

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 candidates will be contacted and may be required to undergo a competency test. 

Telephone: 021 650 2163                                        Website:

Reference number: E210329                                 Closing date: 17 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.