Job Details

  • Reference number: TGB04/048/0324
  • Province: Western Cape
  • Type of engagement: Permanent appointment
  • Posted: March 28th

Background to Position

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

Department of Medicine

Professor / Associate Professor and Executive Head of Department / Head of a Clinical Department (Joint appointment)

Ref. TGB04/048/0324

Stellenbosch University (SU) is an inclusive, innovative and future focused institution, a place of discovery and excellence where both staff and students are thought leaders in advancing knowledge in the service of all stakeholders. In partnership with the Western Cape Government, Department of Health, we are seeking an incumbent who will provide vision and leadership that will enhance our position as a leading Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Appointment is on the joint establishment of Stellenbosch University and the Western Cape Government, Department of Health, on the conditions of service of the University.

Job Description


Reporting to the Dean of the Faculty and the Chief Executive Officer, Tygerberg Hospital, respectively, the incumbent's duties will include:

  • Overall strategic leadership and operational management of the Department on behalf of the Faculty and Tygerberg Hospital, giving expression to its vision of becoming a world-class centre for training, teaching and learning, clinical service, research and innovation in medicine;
  • Fostering an inclusive and collegial environment that encourages a high level of performance, communication and teamwork;
  • Operational management of human resources and finances of the Department; Clinical governance and participating in clinical service delivery commitments of the Department, including commuted overtime at Tygerberg Hospital, clinical service supervision, and leadership;
  • Overall responsibility for teaching and learning, which includes guidance and supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate students in the Department of Medicine across the Faculty's distributed training platform;
  • Overall responsibility for teaching and learning, which includes leading and guiding curriculum development and assessments;
  • Guiding, mentoring and supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate students across the Acting as an external examiner and moderator of undergraduate and postgraduate examination papers, theses and dissertations;
  • Assuming overall responsibility for research and innovation, which includes leading, mentoring and participating in the design, execution, supervision, publication and translation of research in priority areas;
  • Initiating, leading and conducting independent research that leads to publications in peer-reviewed journals and successful application of research grants;
  • Collaborating and participating in scientific and professional organisations and interdepartmental activities through innovative networking;
  • Actively participating in the internationalisation efforts of the University;
  • Contributing to the goals and functioning of the University and the Health Department through active involvement in the senior management structures of the University and the Western Cape Provincial Government;
  • Expanding and strengthening collaboration with health services, communities and other stakeholders.

Inherent Criteria


  • A doctoral degree or advanced stage of completing a doctorate (for appointment at Professor level) in medicine;
  • A relevant postgraduate qualification in medicine, which may include an MMed degree or college qualification;
  • Registration or registrable with the Health Professions Council of South Africa as a specialist in medicine;
  • Proven management experience at an executive/senior level within an academic environment and clinical service setting;
  • Proven national and international academic and specialist stature and recognition;
  • Proven expertise and experience in curriculum development, planning and implementation in the health sciences;
  • Proven ability to provide quality teaching and assessment and to promote independent learning for students using innovative and creative methods at undergraduate and postgraduate (master’s) level;
  • A proven track record of independent research and guidance of research with publications and related research outputs commensurate with the expected outputs of a professor / associate professor, including a record of successfully securing research grants;
  • A proven record of specialist participation in seminars or invitations as guest speaker at conferences indicating academic standing;
  • The ability to organise, take initiative and act as leader at departmental level.


  • Successful PhD supervision;
  • Experience in teaching, learning and assessment, which includes guidance and supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as faculty development;
  • NRF rating;
  • A fellowship qualification in a sub-speciality in one of the disciplines of medicine

Application Requirement

Commencement date:

01 June 2024

Closing date:

22 April 2024


Enquiries regarding this post: Prof Elmi Muller on 021 938 9104, 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

Stellenbosch University is committed to employment equity (EE), and appointments will be made in line with the EE plan for the specific environment as well as the institutional EE Plan of the University.

Stellenbosch University reserves the right not to make an appointment.


Your application, comprising a comprehensive curriculum vitae (including the names and email addresses of at least three referees), must reach the University before or on the closing date of the advertised post.

The University reserves the right to investigate qualifications and conduct background checks on all candidates.

The Occupational Health and Safety Act requires people in occupations that entail potential exposure to certain hazards (such as, but not limited to: noise, hazardous chemical substances and hazardous biological agents) to be subjected to medical screening, to determine their fitness to work in the said occupations.

Should no feedback be received from the University within four to six weeks of the closing date, kindly accept that your application did not succeed.

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.