Job Details

  • Reference number: Job ID: 5533
  • Province: Free State
  • Type of engagement: Permanent appointment
  • Posted: November 9th
  • Remuneration package: The salary is available on request

Background to Position

Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences

Department of Chemistry

Bloemfontein Campus

Senior Lecturer: Specialisation in Analytical/Biogeochemistry and Isotope Analysis

Job ID: 5533

This post was previously advertised as Job ID 5447. All applications received in response to the previous advertisements, will automatically be considered again. Previous applicants therefore do not need to reapply.

Job Description

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Lecture Analytical Chemistry at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
  • Conduct research in Analytical/Biogeochemistry and produce quality research outputs, with emphasis on isotope analysis. 
  • Develop a strong isotope analysis research group/area.
  • Provide study guidance to postgraduate students.
  • Participate in research that will be nationally and internationally recognised.
  • Write and publish research articles based on research results.
  • Manage and maintain all equipment related to the isotope laboratory.
  • Train postgraduate students on the data collection and interpretation of isotope analysis data.
  • Produce isotope analytical services to the campus and industry.
  • Obtain research funding from industry, parastatals, and international grants.
  • Perform administrative tasks and other departmental and faculty activities.
  • Manage different aspects of Chemical Sciences on National and International levels (crystallography in particular).

Inherent Criteria

Inherent requirements:

Senior Lecturer:

  • A PhD in Chemistry specialising in Analytical or Bio-geochemistry Chemistry on NQF level 10.
  • Proven experience in presenting papers/posters at national scholarly conferences.
  • Proven national recognition for specialist expertise and research in a specific area of scholarship.
  • An NRF rating or demonstrated potential for obtaining an NRF rating.
  • Proven experience in the supervision of graduated master’s degree students.
  • A proven research record of relevant publications in national and international accredited journals.
  • Proven experience of service as an active member of a national or international scholarly society committee or agency concerned with research at higher education levels.
  • Lecturing experience in Analytical or Bio-geochemistry Chemistry at a higher education level.
  • Comprehensive experience in operating, managing, and maintaining state-of-the-art ICP-MS, OCP-OES, XRD, XRF, SEM-EDS, etc.
  • Proven ability to work in multi-disciplinary environments, including Biology, Geochemistry, Chemistry, Geology, and Environmental Science
  • Proven experience of working in an established isotope laboratory 
  • Proven research record in the publication of research papers in ISI-accredited journals with emphasis on Biogeochemistry, analytical chemistry, and other multidisciplinary fields.

Required competencies:


  • The ability to set high standards, establish tough goals, and work to achieve success.
  • The ability to be reliable, responsible, dependable, and to fulfil obligations.
  • Strategic thinking.
  • The ability to focus on details, work towards perfection, and approach work in a neat and organised manner.
  • The ability to plan work and to follow plans.

Business Acumen:

  • The ability to adhere to rules and strictly follow work regulations.
  • Proficient in using MS Office.
  • Leading.
  • The ability to lead, take charge of situations and offer opinions and directions to others. 
  • The ability to be cooperative with others, display a good-natured attitude, and encourage people to work together.
  • Building coalitions
  • The ability to negotiate, sell, influence, and persuade others.
  • The ability to interact with others and establish personal connections with people.

Application Requirement

KINDLY TAKE NOTE: Applications may only be submitted online through the official UFS vacancy website.

Applications submitted through any other platform will not be considered.

  • Please ensure that all relevant documentation is attached to your application. 
  • A detailed curriculum vitae and cover letter. 
  • Copies of qualifications (please provide the SAQA accreditation in the case of foreign qualifications).
  • Copies of all academic records (applicable where inherently required).
  • A copy of your identity document (ID or passport in the case of foreign nationals).
  • Proof of registration with a Professional Body (if applicable).
  • A copy of your driver’s license (if applicable).
  • Confirmation of employment from current employer / last employer if unemployed (only applicable to external applicants).


  • PhD in Analytical Chemistry or Biogeochemistry and proven knowledge of starting and maintaining an isotope. 
  • International post-doctoral experience.
  • Lecturing experience and/or qualifications.

Assumption of duties:

As soon as possible.

Fringe benefits: 

(Subject to specific conditions): pension scheme, medical aid scheme, group life insurance, housing allowance, leave and sick leave, service bonus and study benefits.


For enquiries, please feel free to contact me at 051 401 9813 or email at or Additionally, kindly contact 051 401 9857 / 9810 / 9814 for assistance.


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The University reserves the right not to fill the post. The UFS will only consider applications of candidates who meet all the inherent requirements of the position. Applications that are incomplete will not be considered. Communication will be limited to shortlisted candidates only. Should you not be contacted within six weeks of the closing date for applications, you may assume that your application was unsuccessful.

About University of the Free State

The University of the Free State is a multi-campus institution, with two diverse campuses in Bloemfontein and one in Qwaqwa in the scenic Eastern Free State, accommodating more than 40 000 students in its seven faculties, with an increasing number of international students and associates, and an ever-widening scope of active involvement in and contribution to its surrounding communities. It is an institution that goes all out to provide its students and staff with an outstanding university experience, anchored in a value bedrock of Excellence, Innovation and Impact, Sustainability, Care, Social Justice, and Accountability.