Job Details

  • Reference number: E220263
  • Province: Western Cape
  • Type of engagement: Permanent appointment
  • Posted: July 8th
  • Remuneration package: The annual remuneration package for 2022, including benefits is R805 385

Background to Position

We invite applications for the above post in the Molecular & Cell Biology Department, Faculty of Science for appointment as soon as possible.

The Department of Molecular & Cell Biology conducts research that is of economic, medical, environmental and social importance to Africa. The research areas include evolution, environmental adaptation, health and disease of humans, animals and plants, involving pathogens such as protozoa, viruses and bacteria, including basic research, biotechnology and biopharming. The department has well-equipped modern molecular and cell biology laboratories, with facilities for animal and plant cell culture and plant growth and a metabolomics platform. The department offers specializations in Biochemistry and Genetics at undergraduate level. An Honours course feeds into a large, vibrant and diverse postgraduate and postdoctoral community. Teaching and research involves a dynamic and dedicated team of academic, research and support staff.

Under the auspices of the New Generation of Academics Programme (nGAP) funded by the Department of Higher Education and Training, the Molecular & Cell Biology is seeking to appoint a Lecturer for a full-time permanent position. This appointment will be made in terms of the purposes outlined in the Staffing South African Universities Framework (SSAUF). For more information, please see

Job Description


• Teach appropriate virology topics in our undergraduate and Honours courses in biochemistry and genetics.

• Supervise Honours, Masters and Doctoral students.

• Establish and maintain a productive research group and attract independent research funding.

• Contribute to departmental administrative tasks.

Inherent Criteria

To be eligible for selection for a nGAP post, applicants must meet the following criteria:

• be 40 years or younger

• a PhD in the required field

• be a black South African citizen.

Requirements for the job:

• A PhD in the field of molecular and cell biology, including virology, biochemistry, genetics, microbiology.

• At least one publication in the fields of virology, and/or vaccinology.


• At least 1 year of relevant postdoctoral experience.

• Success in obtaining fellowships and/or assisting in successful research grant applications.

• Research interest in an area of focus in the department.

• Supervision of postgraduate students.

• Experience in teaching undergraduate courses and associated administration.

• Lab administrative skills.

Application Requirement

To apply, please e-mail the documents below in a single pdf file to Ms Natasha Khan:

 UCT Application Form (download at

  •  A letter of motivation.
  •  Curriculum Vitae (CV).
  •  Research vision (Not more than one page).

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

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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.