Job Details

  • Reference number: 8032221
  • Province: Western Cape
  • Type of engagement: Fixed term contract
  • Posted: January 12th

Background to Position


University of the Western Cape -> Natural Sciences -> Physics & Astronomy


Main Campus - Bellville, WC ZA (Primary)

Job Description

Role Clarification & Key Performance Areas:

The University of the Western Cape (UWC) enjoys national and international acclaim for its continuing contribution to democratic change in South Africa and for making quality education accessible to all South Africans and for developing centers of excellence of national importance. The successful candidate will join a dynamic and supportive faculty dedicated to teaching and research, as well as to overall student development. The ideal candidate will be highly motivated and willing to make a significant contribution to the development of the Faculty.

The Department of Physics and Astronomy is one of the leading Departments in South Africa with a large post-graduate component. The Department concentrates on research in Nuclear Physics, Astrophysics, Condensed Matter Physics, Nanoscience, and Physics Education. Three SARChI research chairs, two in Astrophysics and one in Nuclear Science are based in the Department. 

The Nuclear Physics group is actively involved in the fields of applied nuclear physics, nuclear structure and nuclear astrophysics, and fundamental symmetries, and has strong collaborations with iThemba LABS locally and several international projects, such as those at CERN–ISOLDE and TRIUMF, and the nEXO neutrino-less double decay experiment.

The successful candidate for this position will be responsible for the following key performance areas:

·         Facilitate learning at 3rd year and postgraduate level in Nuclear Physics, including experimental work.

·         Conduct research and publish in Nuclear Physics.

·         Assist with undergraduate and postgraduate supervision.

Inherent Criteria

Minimum Requirements

·         Masters or equivalent, in the field of Nuclear Physics or a related field (a PhD would be an advantage).

·         Demonstrated experience in facilitating learning in the field of Nuclear Physics.

·         Evidence of peer-reviewed publications in the field of Nuclear Physics.


·         Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English

·         Presentation and facilitation skills

·         Student- focused approach

Application Requirement

In your application, you are encouraged to highlight your strengths and also include anything else that you feel may be pertinent to the selection panel. Please attach your covering letter, a detailed curriculum vitae and highest qualification to your online profile. To be considered for this vacancy, you must click on the Apply for this Job link below or apply directly via UWC Careers at For any queries, please contact the Human Resources Department at +27 21 959 4063/9763/9708/3551/3756.

EQUITY DISCLAIMER: In line with the University's commitment to diversifying its workforce, preference will be given to suitably qualified applicants in line with Employment Targets of the University. The University reserves the right to not make an appointment, make an appointment at a different level, seek additional candidates and may conduct competency assessments. 

About University of the Western Cape

The University of the Western Cape is a public university located in Bellville, a suburb of the City of Cape Town, South Africa. The University of the Western Cape has a history of creative struggle against oppression, discrimination and disadvantage.