Job Details

  • Reference number: E220262
  • Province: Western Cape
  • Type of engagement: Permanent appointment
  • Posted: July 8th
  • Remuneration package: Lecturer Level R850 385

Background to Position

Applications are invited for a full-time permanent appointment at the Lecturer level in the Department of Historical Studies, University of Cape Town. The Department is a leading centre for critical historical scholarship in Africa.

Job Description

  • Teach at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. 
  • Supervise postgraduate student research. 
  • Undertake and publish own research. 
  • Carry out administrative responsibilities at department and/or faculty level as required


We particularly encourage applications from scholars pursuing innovative research in any field of intellectual, cultural, economic, political and social history of pre-nineteenth-century southern Africa. Candidates are expected to have strong empirical grounding in their fields of specialization, a collaborative spirit, theoretical fluency, and ability and willingness to develop and teach critical, imaginative, and broad courses on precolonial and colonial southern Africa, as well as beyond their immediate research area.


  •  Peer-reviewed research publications will be an advantage.
  •  Experience in digitally enabled public-oriented history will be very positively considered.

Inherent Criteria


  •  A PhD in History or a cognate discipline. Exceptional candidates nearing the completion of PhD may also be considered for the position.
  •  Undergraduate teaching experience.

Application Requirement

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

  • 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 and experience, 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 twelve-week lecture course intended for final-year undergraduates in History. A course proposal will include:

        i.    A title

        ii.   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.

        iii. Twelve explicit sub-themes expressed clearly in the titles of weekly lectures.

        iv. Specific readings, with full citation details, for each week’s theme (not to exceed three for each week).

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 an assessment.

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.