Job Details

  • Reference number: ID 561
  • Type of engagement:
  • Posted: February 6th
  • Remuneration package: Senior Lecturer: R 1, 027 040 Associate Professor: R 1, 232 882 Professor: R1, 504 192

Background to Position

Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor/Professor: Mechanical Engineering Design

(PERMANENT POST)

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment

The University of Cape Town is in the top rank of Universities in South Africa, and the Department of Mechanical Engineering endeavors to contribute to this reputation. This is achieved through world-class research in niche areas (e.g., structural impact and materials engineering, computational mechanics and fluid dynamics, energy studies, engineering education, among others), as well as through excellent teaching based on sound pedagogical principles. The Department is well established, internationally accredited, and has historically produced some of the country’s most competent mechanical engineers.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering seeks to appoint a permanent, full-time academic at the Senior Lecturer or Associate Professor or Professor level to undertake teaching in mechanical engineering design, and to research in the fields of engineering design or mechanical engineering. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to teaching, administration, research, and social responsiveness activities in the Department. We invite suitably qualified persons to apply for this position.

Job Description

Demonstrated qualities that would inform the level of appointment:

  • A track record of research projects, securing funding, and research publications.
  • Experience in the management of courses, staff, and/or research projects.
  • Experience of the management and leadership of projects, and supervision of research students.
  • Contribution to curriculum development at course and/or programme level.
  • Compliance with the criteria for registration as a Professional Engineer with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA).
  • National Research Foundation (NRF) rating as a researcher, or potential for such rating.
  • Postdoctoral research experience, or relevant industrial experience in engineering industry and/or academia.

The successful candidate will be expected to:

  • Contribute to the teaching of courses within the department, primarily mechanical engineering design, including the lecturing and supervision of students, developing course material, and contributing to excellence in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching.
  • Conduct research, attract funding, supervise postgraduate students, publish in accredited journals, and contribute to excellence in research in the Department.
  • Contribute to administration and leadership in the Department.
  • Contribute to the Department’s social responsiveness by engaging with the community and/or industry through teaching and research.

The 2023 annual remuneration package, including benefits, is:

Senior Lecturer:                R 1, 027 040

Associate Professor:         R 1, 232 882

Professor:                          R 1, 504 192

 

Inherent Criteria

Requirements for the position:

For all levels:

  • A BSc (Eng) or BEng in Mechanical, Mechanical Mechatronics, or Electro-Mechanical Engineering.
  • Able to register a Professional Engineer (PrEng) as defined by ECSA (PrTech is not sufficient)
  • Demonstrable experience of the mechanical engineering design process and/or machine design and/or product design (clearly described in the CV or cover letter).
  • Experience of undergraduate and/or postgraduate teaching.

For appointment at Senior Lecturer level:

  • A PhD in engineering, or MSc in engineering and at least 5 years of design process industrial experience.
  • A growing reputation as a researcher, as typically demonstrated by publications in accredited journals, post-graduate supervision and professional involvement.
  • Is recognized as a teacher who makes a meaningful contribution to undergraduate and/or postgraduate teaching, is involved in curriculum design and development, and is responsive to the needs of students.

For appointment at Associate Professor level:

  • A PhD in engineering, or MSc in engineering and at least 10 years of design process industrial experience.
  • An excellent reputation for leadership as a researcher, as demonstrated by publications in accredited journals, post-graduate supervision and high-level professional involvement.
  • Is recognized as an effective teacher who makes a substantial contribution to undergraduate and/or postgraduate teaching, is active in curriculum design and development, and is responsive to the needs of students.

For appointment at Professor level:

  • A PhD in engineering.
  • An outstanding reputation for leadership as a researcher, as demonstrated by publications in accredited journals, post-graduate supervision including PhD, high-level professional involvement, and international recognition.
  • Is recognized as an excellent teacher who makes a major contribution to undergraduate and/or postgraduate teaching, provides leadership in curriculum design and development, and is responsive to the needs of students.

Application Requirement

To apply, please visit the UCT Internal Careers site (For Internal Applicants) and UCT Careers site (For external Applicants) to create a profile and submit your application. 

Please complete/attach the following to your profile before submitting your application:

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • A letter of motivation that speaks to the specific requirements and responsibilities listed above
  • Three referee names which must include their title and name, position details, relationship to you, their e-mail address, and telephone number.

Please indicate the level of position applying for.

Shortlisted candidates may be required to undergo competency assessments and/or submit a portfolio of recent work. References may be requested by UCT at any stage of the selection process. 

Any inquiries for this position are to be addressed to Ms Abigail Dixon at recruitment03@uct.ac.za or 021 650 1673. 

Closing Date: 18 February 2024                                             Website: www.mecheng.uct.ac.za

UCT is a designated employer and is committed to the pursuit of excellence, diversity and redress in achieving its equity targets in accordance with the Employment Equity Plan of the University and its Employment Equity goals and targets. Preference will be given to candidates from the under-represented designated groups. Our Employment Equity Policy is available at https://uct.ac.za/media/9482.

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.