Job Details

  • Reference number: LSW08/085/0424
  • Province: Western Cape
  • Type of engagement: Permanent appointment
  • Posted: April 22nd

Background to Position

Stellenbosch University

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Department of Geography and Environmental Studies

Lecturer: Physical Geography

Ref. LSW08/085/0424

Job Description


  • Physical geography academic programme development and regeneration;
  • Undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in physical geography;
  • Postgraduate supervision of physical geography research;
  • Running a productive research programme in physical geography;
  • Programme coordinator of the BA development and environment programme;
  • Publication of research results in accredited journals and presenting results at conferences;
  • Actively participating in all departmental activities and research projects; 
  • Academic interaction with the community.

Inherent Criteria


  • PhD in physical geography at time of application;
  • Proven competence as a lecturer;
  • At least two peer-reviewed articles as first author in internationally accredited journals on a research topic relevant to the post;
  • Demonstrable knowledge of physical processes in South African environments through research outputs;
  • Evidence of international and national conference presentations; 
  • Excellent communication and language skills in English.


  • Proven competence as postgraduate supervisor and administrator;
  • Proven physical geography fieldwork and laboratory experience;
  • Competency in geographic information systems;
  • Potential to secure research funding;
  • Evidence of participation in national research cooperation;
  • Competencies in general organisational skills.

Application Requirement

Commencement of duties:

01 January 2025

Closing date:

13 May 2024

Enquiries regarding this post: Prof Gustav Visser on 021 808 3103, 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.