Job Details

  • Reference number: NW02/032/0224
  • Province: Western Cape
  • Type of engagement: Permanent appointment
  • Posted: March 14th

Background to Position

Stellenbosch University

Faculty of Science

Department of Chemistry and Polymer Science

Senior Lecturer / Lecturer: Department of Chemistry and Polymer Science

Ref. NW02/032/0224

The Department of Chemistry and Polymer Science is a research-intensive department with a large number of postgraduate research students. The Department has excellent research facilities and equipment, including state-of-the-art 400 and 600 MHz liquid-NMR spectroscopy instruments equipped with autosamplers and external reaction monitoring capabilities, and extensive X-ray diffraction, chromatographic, MS and spectroscopic instruments. The Inorganic Chemistry Division of the Department has well-established expertise in catalysis, bio-inorganic chemistry, and hydrometallurgy. We are seeking a dynamic person who can contribute to the research activities within the Division and the Department, as well as contribute to the teaching of undergraduate and postgraduate inorganic chemistry and service modules

Job Description


  • Conducting and supervising inorganic chemistry research activities, potentially in collaboration with other research groups in the Department and the broader University; 
  • Teaching inorganic chemistry at undergraduate and postgraduate level and in service modules offered by the Department;
  • Undertaking responsibilities and duties at Departmental and Faculty level as needed.

Inherent Criteria


For Senior Lecturer:

  • A PhD degree in inorganic chemistry (or a closely related field); 
  • Evidence of a coherent body of published work in the field of inorganic chemistry or related fields as first or principal (corresponding) author in leading international journals; 
  • Experience with and the proven ability to teach undergraduate and postgraduate inorganic chemistry modules;
  • Proof of successful postgraduate supervision (as main supervisor) on at least MSc level;
  • Proven ability to secure research funding to establish a viable research group, or proven leadership and mentoring of a research team; 
  • Excellent verbal and written abilities in English.

For Lecturer:

  • A PhD in inorganic chemistry or closely related field;
  • The potential to teach undergraduate and postgraduate inorganic chemistry modules;
  • Proven involvement in postgraduate supervision at BScHons and MSc level;
  • Publications in leading international journals in the field of inorganic chemistry or related field;
  • The potential to develop an active research programme;
  • Excellent verbal and written abilities in English.


  • NRF rating; 
  • A research focus in catalysis;
  • Demonstrated potential to develop an innovative teaching programme (Lecturer);
  • The potential to secure research funding (Lecturer);
  • Post-doctoral or appropriate academic/industrial research experience;
  • Evidence in excellence in teaching;
  • The ability to teach in Afrikaans.

Application Requirement

Commencement of duties:

01 July 2024 

Closing date: 

22 March 2024

Enquiries regarding this post: Prof Willem van Otterlo on 021 808 3344, 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 

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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.