Job Details

  • Reference number: E220177
  • Province: Western Cape
  • Type of engagement: Permanent appointment
  • Posted: May 11th
  • Remuneration package: Lecturer: R805 385 Senior Lecturer: R968 905 Associate Professor: R1, 163 096

Background to Position

The Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Cape Town enjoys an international reputation for its activities in the fields of radar and microwave engineering, control engineering, digital electronics, image processing, instrumentation, machines and drives, power electronics, mechatronics, power engineering and telecommunications.


The Department has an undergraduate cohort of around 800 students and a postgraduate cohort of around 200 (masters and doctoral) students. Our three undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Engineering degrees (Electrical Engineering; Electrical & Computer Engineering; and Mechatronics) are accredited by the Engineering Council of South Africa.

The Department would like to appoint a permanent, full-time academic in the field Control Engineering. The appointment level will be relative to the stature and experience of the applicant.


Job Description



  • Contribute to the teaching of undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
  • Supervise/co-supervise undergraduate students (research projects) and postgraduate students.
  • Developing new approaches to teaching, including blended learning and online approaches.


  • Conceptualise, lead, and execute research related to one of the fields mentioned above.
  • Mentoring 4th year Undergraduate, Master’s, and Doctoral students.
  • Develop/expand research collaborations both nationally and internationally.
  • Raise research funding, apply for grants from appropriate national and international funding bodies.
  • Obtain and maintain a National Research Foundation rating.

Leadership, management, and administration

      • Contribute to excellence in the operation of the Electrical Engineering undergraduate curriculum, by maintaining and growing the reputation of the programmes.
      • 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, etc.
      • Obtain and maintain Professional Engineering registration (if not in possession of this already).

      Social responsiveness

      • Translate research findings into relevant communities.


      Inherent Criteria

      Requirements for the position

      For all level positions:

        • A Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate engineering discipline.
        • A background in teaching and research in Control Engineering.
        • A research interest in control engineering or in a closely related field.
        • Demonstrable experience in lecturing/training/mentoring at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
        • Excellent track record relative to the level.

          For Associate Professor:

              • A PhD in control engineering or a closely related field.
              • Excellent track record in research publications and /or patents in the above-mentioned field.
              • Experience in teaching, supervision, and curriculum development in applicable courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

               Senior Lecturer:

              • A PhD in control engineering or a closely related field.
              • Track record in research and/or industrial experience.
              • Experience in teaching and supervision at undergraduate and/or postgraduate levels.


              • Submitted or very close to submission PhD in control engineering or a closely related field. 


              All levels

              • Expertise in Control, Automation, Instrumentation and Mechatronics
              • Postgraduate supervision record.
              • Relevant industrial experience.
              • National Research Foundation rating
              • Professional Engineering registration.
              • A proven track record of research projects, securing funding and research publications.
              • Experience in management (of courses, staff and/or research projects).

              Application Requirement

              Information on the teaching and research activities of the Department may be found on the website:

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

               Please clearly indicate the position, level for which applying for and reference number in the subject line. 

              An application which does not comply with the above requirements will be regarded as incomplete and will not be considered. Shortlisted candidates will be required to deliver a presentation to the Department.

              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 including candidates with disabilities.


              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.