Job Details

  • Reference number: ING03/105/0524
  • Province: Western Cape
  • Type of engagement: Permanent appointment
  • Posted: May 20th

Background to Position

Stellenbosch University

Faculty of Engineering

Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering

Part-time Junior Lecturer: PhD Candidate (Two posts)

(Part-time (3/8) five-year fixed term contract)

Ref. ING03/105/0524

The Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering is well established in the fields of structural mechanics (design, analysis, testing and optimisation), noise and vibration, mechanical design, mechatronics – including automation, biomedical applications and reverse engineering – energy systems, heat transfer and thermo-fluid dynamics, including renewable energy.

Job Description


Two positions, aimed at training young, South African, academic staff, are available. The incumbent will have to register for their PhD (part-time) in the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, Stellenboch University (SU) at the first available opportunity after joining the Department. The incumbent will typically spend three days per week on PhD studies. Two days per week will be devoted to work in the Department that can include academic and/or technical support. This departmental work will not necessarily be related to the PhD research. The incumbent can choose a mentor and supervisor, in consultation with the Department’s management, from the senior academic staff of this Department. See the departmental website for possible study areas (

Applicants must indicate their preferred study area with the application. Only one appointment per study area will be made. Final choices will be negotiated at appointment.

Inherent Criteria


  • An ECSA accredited BEng or BSc(Eng) degree in mechanical or mechatronic engineering, or equivalent; 
  • A MEng (research) degree in mechanical or mechatronic engineering, or equivalent, OR proof that the candidate is registered for the degree. If the degree is not yet awarded, a copy of the final, submitted thesis must be provided three days before the oral interview.Proof of submission must also be provided;
  • Good communication and teaching skills;
  • The ability to effectively teach in English;
  • Good interpersonal skills;
  • Proven research skills.



  • Willingness to work in a multilingual environment;
  • Proven teaching experience;
  • Proven experience as laboratory engineer.

Application Requirement

Commencement of duties:

01 July 2024 

Closing date:

28 May 2024

Enquiries regarding this post: Prof Johan van der Spuy on 021 808 3742, 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.