Job Details

  • Reference number: E220205
  • Province: Western Cape
  • Type of engagement: Permanent appointment
  • Posted: May 11th
  • Remuneration package: Lecturer: R885 924 Senior Lecturer: R1065 796

Background to Position

The Department of Public Law, within the Faculty of Law, invites applications for an academic appointment to the level of Lecturer / Senior Lecturer post specializing in the field of criminology to commence employment as soon as possible.

We wish to appoint an applicant with a qualification and experience in criminology to join the academic staff in the Centre of Criminology ( where a critical approach to the study of criminology is valued. The appointee should be able to teach across a range of topics in criminology at undergraduate and postgraduate level, and to supervise/co-supervise postgraduate student projects in criminology and criminal justice.

Job Description


  • Teaching undergraduate and postgraduate courses offered by the Department of Public Law in the field of Criminology as required by the Department, including courses offered outside of the Faculty of Law.
  • Postgraduate student supervising (as appropriate to the level of appointment).
  • Maintaining a research profile and publication output commensurate for level of appointment.
  • Contributing to the activities in the Centre of Criminology and in the Department of Public Law (relating to Criminology), appropriate to the level of appointment.
  • Contributing to Faculty and Department administration responsibilities appropriate to the level of appointment.

Inherent Criteria

Candidates suitable for appointment as a Lecturer must have:

  • At least a Master’s degree specialising in the field of criminology. Working towards the completing of a PhD would be an advantage.
  • A strong academic record.
  • Evidence of research skills in the field of criminology.
  • Evidence of academic publications will be advantageous.

Candidates suitable for appointment as a Senior Lecturer must have:

  • At least a Master’s degree specialising in the field of criminology, and working towards the completion of a PhD.
  • Lecturing experience in criminology and/or other appropriate work experience.
  • Evidence of ability to effectively supervise academic research, including postgraduate student project.
  • An established research record with publications in the field of criminology.
  • Evidence of ability to contribute to Department-level administration (or equivalent).

Advantageous for candidates applying for the Senior Lecturer position:

  • PhD specialising in criminology.
  • Postdoctoral experience.
  • Evidence of obtaining funds to support independent research
  • Experience in the field of victimology would be advantageous

Application Requirement

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

  • UCT Application Form (download at
  • Letter of motivation systematically indicating how you meet the requirements as above, and
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) including the names of three referees and their email addresses; and
  • Certified transcripts of your academic results.

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.

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.”Our Employment Equity Policy is available at

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.