Job Details

  • Reference number: E240117
  • Province: Western Cape
  • Type of engagement: Permanent appointment
  • Posted: March 26th
  • Remuneration package: The annual remuneration package for 2023, including benefits: R 853 709

Background to Position

The Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics is a large and dynamic department with over thirty permanent academic staff. We seek to make two new appointments in any area of Pure or Applied Mathematics at the level of Lecturer. We are particularly interested in candidates who will complement or strengthen existing areas of research in the Department, which include Algebra, (Functional) Analysis, Category Theory, Classical and Quantum Chaos, Computational Complexity, Cosmology, General Relativity, Graph Theory, Homology, Lie Theory, Mathematics Education, Nonlinear Dynamics, String Theory, and Topology. More details can be found on the department website,

Job Description

Responsibilities include:

  • Developing and teaching undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Mathematics (within and beyond the Faculty of Science).
  • Developing and pursuing an active research program, including supervising postgraduate students.
  • Course convening, departmental and faculty administrative duties.

Inherent Criteria

Requirements for these positions: 

  • A PhD (in Pure Mathematics or Applied Mathematics, or a related field) at the time of appointment, 
  • A record of research that indicates strong potential in the field, including publications in ISI accredited peer reviewed journals and conference attendance, and,
  • Experience lecturing pure or applied mathematics at undergraduate level, including evidence of effectiveness as a teacher, and the ability to teach a range of courses in pure and/or applied mathematics at both introductory and senior undergraduate level (including service courses) and give specialist lectures at Honours (4th year) level.

Application Requirement


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,
  • your CV (including a complete list of publications), and,
  • clearly articulated (one page) Teaching statement and (up to two pages) Research statement with the subject line “Lecturer Pure or Applied Mathematics”, followed by the reference number.

Reference number:       E240117

Telephone number:    021 650 3469

Closing date:              12 April 2024

Faculty website:     

Departmental website:

Questions about the position may be addressed to the Head of Department: 

An application which does not comply with the above requirements will be regarded as incomplete. 

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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.