Job Details

  • Reference number: AW07/274/0923
  • Province: Western Cape
  • Type of engagement: Permanent appointment
  • Posted: October 26th

Background to Position

Stellenbosch University

Faculty of AgriSciences

Department of Agricultural Economics

Senior Lecturer / Lecturer: Agri-Informatics

Ref. AW07/274/0923

The Department of Agricultural Economics at Stellenbosch University (SU) is a leading academic hub dedicated to exploring the economic aspects of agriculture and agribusiness. Renowned for its research and teaching excellence, the Department delves into agricultural markets, policies, and sustainability. Collaborating with industry and international partners, it addresses critical challenges in food security, rural development, and environmental stewardship. Equipping students with analytical skills, the Department prepares future leaders who navigate complex agricultural landscapes, contributes to informed policymaking, and drives sustainable economic growth within the agricultural sector.

This position at the Department of Agricultural Economics involves delivering high-quality education and fostering academic growth in the field of Agricultural Economics. Responsibilities include designing and delivering engaging lectures, seminars, and practical sessions that promote in-depth understanding of economic principles within the context of agriculture and agribusiness.

Active involvement in research and scholarly activities is essential, contributing to the Department's academic reputation through publications and conference presentations.

Agri-Informatics is an emerging interdisciplinary field that leverages advanced technologies and data analytics to enhance decision-making and operational efficiency in agriculture. It involves the integration of information technology, data science, and agricultural sciences to address complex challenges within the agricultural sector.

In the context of Agriculture, Agri-Informatics plays a crucial role in optimising various processes across the agricultural value chain. It utilises technologies such as precision agriculture, remote sensing, and geographic information systems (GIS) to monitor and manage crops, soil, and resources. By collecting and analysing data from sensors, satellites, and other sources, Agri-Informatics enables farmers to make informed decisions about planting, irrigation, fertilisation, and pest management. This not only improves crop yield and quality, but also minimises resource wastage and environmental impact.

Job Description


  • Undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in compliance with the general teaching focus of the Department;
  • Developing, presenting and/or sourcing of data literacy and data science courses focused on the agro-food sector for the benefit of students, staff, and external parties;
  • Cultivating local and international research collaborations centred around data-intensive agro-food research and spearheading international fundraising initiatives, as well as sourcing and managing external research funds;
  • Supervising postgraduate students;
  • Conducting an active and productive research programme within the general focus of the Department and publication of such research in relevant peer-reviewed journals;
  • Involvement with community interaction projects;
  • Involvement with administrative service delivery at departmental, Faculty and University level.

Inherent Criteria


  • PhD in Agricultural Economics or a related field with a clear focus on Agro-Informatics;
  • A thorough understanding of the South African agricultural sector and policy environment;
  • Proven experience in statistical and data IT application;
  • Proven experience in data engineering, data science and data visualisation tools and technologies;
  • Proven experience, OR the ability to participate in active teaching and research programmes related to agricultural and economic policy analysis;
  • Proven experience in policy related research activities, e.g., price analysis, transaction cost analysis, efficiency of resource use analysis, trade policy analysis, climate change mitigation, environmental impact analysis, e.g., carbon and water footprint determination, and competitiveness assessments;
  • Proven ability to obtain external research funding;
  • Peer-reviewed scientific publications commensurate with the level of appointment;
  • Postgraduate student supervision commensurate with the level of appointment;
  • Relevant experience in industry-related, applied research;
  • Language proficiency for a multilingual University;
  • Sound interpersonal skills and the ability to work with diverse groups.


  • Recognition within the field or discipline on a national and / or international level;
  • Experience in engaging with national and provincial policy makers.

Application Requirement

Enquiries regarding this post: Prof Danie Brink on 021 808 4792, 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:  1 February 2024

Closing Date:          30 October 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.

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.