Job Details

  • Reference number: TGB07/208/0723
  • Province: Western Cape
  • Type of engagement: Permanent appointment
  • Posted: July 31st

Background to Position

Stellenbosch University

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

Department of Pathology

Division of Anatomical Pathology

Professor / Associate Professor / Senior Lecturer and Head of Anatomical Pathology Division

Ref. TGB07/208/0723


Stellenbosch University is an inclusive, innovative and future-focused institution, a place of discovery and excellence where both staff and students are thought leaders in advancing knowledge in the service of all stakeholders. In partnership with the National Health Laboratory Services (NHLS), we are seeking someone who will provide vision and leadership to enhance our position as a leading Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Appointment is on the joint establishment of Stellenbosch University and the National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) on the conditions of service of the University.

Job Description


Reporting to the Executive Head: Pathology, the incumbent's duties will include: 

  • Overall strategic leadership of the Division, giving expression to its vision of becoming a world- class centre for training, research and innovation in Anatomical Pathology;
  • Fostering an inclusive and collegial environment that encourages a high level of performance, communication and teamwork;
  • Operational, human resources and financial management of the Division, including cost centre management, facilities and resources management, as well as information management;
  • Representing the Division within and external to the Faculty and the NHLS;
  • Service delivery in support of Anatomical Pathology within the NHLS;
  • Monitoring the quality of service delivery, teaching and training, and research;
  • Participating in and managing independent research within a project or team context;
  • Performing and supervising research in priority areas, and contributing to identifying priority research areas aligned with national and global imperatives;
  • Contributing to the goals and functioning of the University and the NHLS;
  • Expanding and strengthening collaboration with health services, communities and other stakeholders.

Inherent Criteria

Job Requirements:

  • A relevant postgraduate qualification in Anatomical Pathology;
  • Registration as a specialist with the HPCSA;
  • Expertise and experience in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, training and supervision;
  • Experience of successful postgraduate supervision (at least at Master's level);
  • Experience in service delivery within Anatomical Pathology or related and relevant fields;
  • Proven management and leadership experience in academic or related environments;
  • Proven independent research experience with publications and related research outputs;
  • Understanding of the South African Higher Education environment.


  • A Doctorate or advanced stage of completing a Doctorate (for appointment at Associate Professor level);
  • Successful PhD supervision;
  • Experience of interaction with service, teaching and/or professional bodies at national and international level;
  • Success in securing grants.

Application Requirement

Commencement Date 01-Jan-2024

Closing Date 29-Aug-2023

Enquiries regarding this post: Prof. A Whitelaw on 021 938 4032, 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

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.