Job Details

  • Reference number: E230275
  • Province: Western Cape
  • Type of engagement: Permanent appointment
  • Posted: July 13th
  • Remuneration package: The annual remuneration package for 2023, including benefits is R1,027,040

Background to Position

The Department of Molecular & Cell Biology conducts research that is of economic, medical, environmental and social importance to Africa. Research areas include evolution, environmental adaptation, microbiology, and health and disease of humans, animals and plants. The department offers majors in Biochemistry and Genetics at undergraduate level, and an Honours course in Molecular Biology. We recognise the ever-increasing importance of bioinformatics in our field and wish to increase our research and teaching capacity in this area to allow us to maintain research competitiveness and offer a modern molecular biology curriculum in our undergraduate and Honours courses, and graduate research training. 

We invite applications for a Senior Lectureship post in the field of Bioinformatics, in the Molecular & Cell Biology Department, Faculty of Science.

Job Description


  • Develop and teach bioinformatics and other modules in the MCB undergraduate and Honours courses;
  • Supervise Honours, Masters and Doctoral students; 
  • Establish and maintain a productive research group and attract independent research funding;
  • Establish collegiate collaborations within departmental research groups;
  • Contribute positively to the normal departmental and faculty administrative tasks. 

Inherent Criteria

Requirements for the job: 

  • A PhD in the field of bioinformatics in the context of any area of molecular biology;
  • At least two years of relevant postdoctoral experience;
  • A track record of published research outputs in bioinformatics;
  • Proven lab bench expertise in molecular biology;
  • Demonstrated ability to secure external research funding;
  • Teaching experience at undergraduate level, with evidence of prior contribution to curriculum development;
  • Successful supervision of post-graduate students at Honours, Masters and/or PhD level;
  • Demonstrated ability to code and experience in the de novo assembly and analysis of genomes/transcriptomes and/or quantitative proteomics.

Application Requirement

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

  • UCT Application Form (download at )
  • A letter of motivation;
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV);
  • Teaching and Research statement.

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. 

Telephone: 021 650 3469            Website: 

Reference number: E230275 Closing date:      01 August 2023

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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.