Job Details

  • Reference number: ING03/182/0623
  • Province: Western Cape
  • Type of engagement: Permanent appointment
  • Posted: July 5th

Background to Position

Stellenbosch University

Faculty of Engineering

Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering

Senior Lecturer: Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering

Ref. ING03/182/0623 

The Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering at Stellenbosch University has a well-established Mechanics Division with research groups in structural-mechanics,materials engineering, optimisation and vibration. This appointment is aimed at supporting one or more of these research areas and teaching at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels in the areas of strength of materials, material science, vibration, or optimisation.

Job Description


  • With specific reference to the abovementioned research fields of structural-mechanics, materials engineering, optimisation and vibration:
  • Teaching and developing undergraduate and postgraduate modules in at least one of the abovementioned areas;
  • Conducting research in in at least one of the abovementioned areas;
  • Supervision of postgraduate students in in at least one of the abovementioned areas;
  • Providing support and fundraising for research in in at least one of the abovementioned areas.
  • Rendering service to industry through specialist consulting.

Inherent Criteria

Job Requirements:

  • A relevant doctoral degree, plus at least three years' applicable practical, teaching and/or research experience; OR an applicable master's degree in engineering with
  • at least eight years' applicable technical or management experience in industry;
  • If not yet in possession of a doctoral degree, a commitment to enrol for a doctoral degree within three years of employment;
  • An ECSA accredited BEng or BSc(Eng) degree in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent;
  • The ability to teach either strength of materials or materials science at an undergraduate level;
  • Sound communication and teaching skills;
  • Proficiency in English with the ability to function effectively in a multi-lingual environment;
  • Good interpersonal and organisational skills.


  • Evaluation by the NRF as a rated researcher;
  • A good research record in structural mechanics, materials engineering, optimisation, vibration, condition monitoring, applied machine learning or additive manufacturing and proven fundraising in any of these areas;
  • Demonstrating regular contact with industry through either specialist consulting, contract research, industry visits, or other significant modes of interaction;
  • PrEng registration or equivalent.

Application Requirement

Enquiries regarding this post: Prof. Johan van der Spuy on 021 808 3742, or at

Enquiries regarding remuneration/benefits, as well as technical assistance with the electronic application process: Human Resources Client Services Centre on 021 808 2753, or at

Commencement Date:     September 2023

Closing Date:                 17 July 2023

Stellenbosch University is committed to employment equity (EE), and appointments will be made in line with the EE plan for the specific environment as well as the institutional EE Plan of the University. 

Stellenbosch University reserves the right not to make an appointment.


Your application, comprising a comprehensive curriculum vitae (including the names and email addresses of at least three referees), must reach the University before or on the closing date of the advertised post.

The University reserves the right to investigate qualifications and conduct background checks on all candidates. 

The Occupational Health and Safety Act requires people in occupations that entail potential exposure to certain hazards (such as, but not limited to: noise,

hazardous chemical substances and hazardous biological agents) to be subjected to medical screening, to determine their fitness to work in the said occupations. 

Should no feedback be received from the University within four to six weeks of the closing date, kindly accept that your application did not succeed.

About Stellenbosch University

Stellenbosch University (SU) is home to an academic community of 29 000 students (including 4 000 foreign students from 100 countries) as well as 3 000 permanent staff members (including 1 000 academics) on five campuses. ​The historical oak-lined university town amongst the Boland Mountains in the winelands of the Western Cape creates a unique campus atmosphere, which attracts local and foreign students alike. On the main campus, paved walkways wind between campus buildings – some dating from previous centuries; others just a few years old. Architecture from various eras attests to the sound academic foundation and establishment of an institution of excellence. This, together with the scenic beauty of the area; state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly facilities and technology, as well as visionary thinking about the creation of a sustainable 21st-century institution, makes for the unique character of Stellenbosch University.