Job Details

  • Reference number: E230394
  • Type of engagement:
  • Posted: January 12th
  • Remuneration package: The annual remuneration packages for 2023, including benefits, are valued at: Senior Lecturer – R1 027 040 Associate Professor – R1 232 882

Background to Position

The Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Cape Town seeks to appoint to its academic staff, at the level of Senior Lecturer or Associate Professor, a vascular plant biologist with expertise in evolutionary biology or systematics. The appointee should be able to teach across a range of topics at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and to supervise postgraduate student projects, in the broad area of plant evolutionary biology. They should have a proven track record of research in vascular plant evolution or systematics.

Job Description


  • To contribute strongly to teaching undergraduate and postgraduate courses
  • Develop an independent research programme with appropriate training and supervision of postgraduate students
  • To contribute to administration at a rank-appropriate level
  • To contribute to the well-being of the department

Inherent Criteria

Requirements for the job at Senior Lecturer Level:

  • A PhD in plant biology
  • Postdoctoral experience
  • A good working knowledge of vascular plant diversity
  • Evidence of teaching experience and content development at undergraduate level
  • Evidence of successful supervision of postgraduate students at Masters or PhD level
  • Evidence of a sustained track record of research outputs in high impact journals in plant evolutionary biology
  • Evidence of active contribution to Department-level administration

Additional Requirements at Associate Professor Level: Evidence of:

  • being an experienced and very good teacher
  • innovation and involvement in academic development
  • successful supervision at MSc and PhD levels
  • Ability to attract research funding to support independent research.
  • international recognition in plant evolutionary biology
  • active contribution to Faculty and University-level administration


  • Experience and working knowledge of South African (especially the Greater Cape Floristic Region) vascular plant diversity

Application Requirement

For further information regarding this position, contact Associate Professor Colin Attwood– Head of Department (

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)
  • A statement (no more than 2 pages) of your research experience and future research plans 
  • A statement (no more than 2 pages) of your teaching skills, experience and vision

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


Reference number: E230394

Closing date: 22 January 2024 

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targets in accordance with the Employment Equity Plan of the University and its Employment Equity goals and targets. 

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UCT reserves the right not to appoint

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.