Job Details

  • Reference number: CP03/2020
  • Province: Kwazulu Natal
  • Type of engagement: Permanent appointment
  • Posted: November 8th
  • Remuneration package: The total remuneration package offered includes benefits.

Background to Position




The University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) is committed to meeting the objectives of Employment Equity to improve representivity within the Institution. Preference will be given to applicants from designated groups in accordance with our Employment Equity Plan.

The School of Chemistry and Physics at the University of KwaZulu-Natal is one of the research intensive Schools in the University. It offers high quality training, both in Chemistry and Physics at all levels of qualifications from undergraduate to a PhD degree. The Physics discipline on the Pietermaritzburg campus has vibrant research groups in the fields of Condensed Matter Physics, Materials Physics, Molecular Physics, Nano Physics and Computational Physics , among others. These research fields are financially supported by the National Research Foundation (NRF) and the University. The discipline is also one of the founding members of the Nanotechnology platform hosted by the College.

Job Description

Currently, the Physics discipline seeks a highly motivated academic staff member to fill the available vacant post at the level of Associate Professor.

The incumbent is expected to teach physics courses, including practicals both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels as well as conduct independent research in a field of his/her expertise.

Research expertise in the. areas of Materials Physics and Computational Physics will be an added advantage The incumbent will report to the Academic Leader: Physics.

Inherent Criteria


  • A PhD degree in Physics.
  • Relevant teaching experience at a tertiary level institution.
  • Expertise in an area of physics as documented by a sustained research record of publications in quality peer-reviewed ISI/SAPSE accredited journals, appropriate for the level appointment.
  • Successful doctoral postgraduate student supervision in any relevant field of Physics.
  • Evidence of the ability to attract research funds.

Application Requirement

This appointment will be made in line with the University Guidelines/benchmarks which are available on the University Vacancies website on Enquiries and details regarding this post may be directed to the Dean and Head of School: Professor R Robinson or email:

Appointment to this post will be on the January 2018 Conditions of Service. 

The closing date for receipt of applications is 26 November 2021 Applicants are required to complete the relevant application form which is available on the Vacancies website at

Completed forms and Curriculum Vitae may be sent to Advert Reference Number MUST be clearly stated in the subject line 

About University of Kwazulu Natal

The University of KwaZulu-Natal is a university with five campuses in the province of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. It was formed on 1 January 2004 after the merger between the University of Natal and the University of Durban-Westville.