Job Details

  • Reference number: NW04/074/0424
  • Province: Western Cape
  • Type of engagement: Permanent appointment
  • Posted: April 12th

Background to Position

Stellenbosch University

Faculty of Science

Department of Physiological Sciences

Senior Lecturer / Lecturer: Department of Physiological Sciences

Ref. NW04/074/0424

The Department of Physiological Sciences teaches undergraduate and postgraduate modules on all systems of human physiology, including: the human body as a unit, organs, tissues, cells and integrative physiology in response to external or internal stressors. 

We have very active research groups focussing on diseases associated with lifestyle or cellular injury, including cancer, cardio-oncology, cardio-metabolic and integrated metabolic research, clinical hemorheology, muscle research, bio-inspired drug delivery research and neurodegenerative diseases. Research models include healthy and diseased human volunteers, or samples derived from patients, small laboratory animal models simulating human pathological conditions allowing to investigate mechanisms of the adaptive responses to internal or external stressors or molecular drivers of the pathology, whole body and tissue sample analysis, and in vitro cell and molecular aspects. (See our website for our research focus areas:

Job Description


  • Teaching undergraduate and postgraduate modules in physiological sciences;
  • Researching and publishing in peer-reviewed journals. Research has to be in a field aligned to the research focus areas (refer to the website);
  • Recruiting and supervising postgraduate students in physiological sciences;
  • Establishing a research group in a field aligned to the overall research focus areas in the Department;
  • Securing research funding;
  • Participating in academically relevant departmental and Faculty activities, as required.

Inherent Criteria


  • A PhD in physiological sciences, human biology, or a similar field;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English.

For appointment as Lecturer:

  • Proven experience or involvement in offering undergraduate physiological sciences modules at tertiary level; 
  • Lead or co-author publications in peer-reviewed journals in the relevant research field, commensurate with experience in at least one of the research focus areas of the Department of Physiological Sciences. 

For appointment as Senior Lecturer:

  • Proven and growing research record in accredited international journals, serving as senior author;
  • Proven record of successful primary supervision of postgraduate students on MSc and PhD levels.

Applicants invited for interviews will be expected to present a lecture on their recent research to demonstrate their knowledge and communication skills.


For appointment as Lecturer:

  • Post-doctoral or appropriate academic/industrial research experience;
  • Communication skills in Afrikaans and / or isiXhosa;
  • Display an interest in exploring and implementing academic renewal of teaching, learning and assessment practice in physiological sciences;
  • Display an interest in expanding data science approaches in physiological sciences.

For appointment as Senior Lecturer:

  • A proven record of successful grant funding applications;
  • Display an interest in exploring and implementing academic renewal of teaching, learning and assessment practice in physiological sciences;
  • Display an interest in expanding data science approaches in physiological sciences.

Application Requirement

Commencement of duties:  

01 July 2024 

Closing date: 

30 April 2024

Enquiries regarding this post: Prof Ben Loos on 021 808 9196, 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.


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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.