Job Details

  • Reference number: NW08/233/0823
  • Province: Western Cape
  • Type of engagement: Fixed term contract
  • Posted: August 18th

Background to Position

Stellenbosch University

Faculty of Science

Department of Mathematical Sciences

Mathematics Division


Senior Lecturer / Lecturer: Department of Mathematical Sciences

Ref. NW08/233/0823

The Department of Mathematical Sciences in the Faculty of Science consists of three divisions: Mathematics, Applied Mathematics and Computer Science. The Mathematics Division is responsible for teaching undergraduate and postgraduate modules in Mathematics. Currently, the Mathematics research areas include Algebra, Algebraic Number Theory and Algebraic Geometry, Analytic Number Theory, Category Theory, Discrete Mathematics and Algorithms, Functional Analysis, Logic, Mathematical Biology, Mathematical Physics, and Topology.

Job Description


  • Conducting active research and publication in peer-reviewed journals in an area that will strengthen the research profile of the Mathematics Division;
  • Recruiting and supervising postgraduate students;
  • Teaching and coordinating undergraduate and postgraduate Mathematics modules in Science and programmes in other faculties;
  • Securing research funding;
  • Participating in academically relevant departmental and faculty activities, as required.

Inherent Criteria

For appointment as Senior Lecturer:

  • PhD degree in Mathematics or a closely related field;
  • Evidence of recent research experience in an area that will strengthen the research profile of the Mathematics Division;
  • A growing research publication record in peer-reviewed journals and talks at national and international conferences;
  • Proven experience and commitment to teaching Mathematics at both undergraduate and postgraduate level;
  • Successful postgraduate supervision or co-supervision, at least at master's level;
  • Excellent verbal and written skills in English.

For appointment as Lecturer:

  • PhD degree (completed or submitted) in Mathematics or a closely related field;
  • An active research interest in an area that will strengthen the research profile of the Mathematics Division;
  • Evidence of research output in peer-reviewed journals or conference talks;
  • Teaching experience in Mathematics (as lecturer, or teaching assistant/tutor at tertiary level);
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English.

Applicants invited for interviews will be expected to present a lecture on their recent research to demonstrate their knowledge and communication skills. 


  • Postdoctoral research experience in academia.

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: 1 January 2024

Closing Date: 7 September 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.

Application Requirement

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.


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.