Job Details

  • Reference number: Job ID: 5706
  • Province: Free State
  • Type of engagement: Permanent appointment
  • Posted: May 21st

Background to Position

Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences

Office of the Dean: Engineering Sciences

Bloemfontein Campus


Job ID: 5706

Job Description

Duties and responsibilities: 

  • Provide and facilitate teaching, learning and assessment.
  • Develop learning material and course content, to ensure continuity in relevance and quality.
  • Provide opportunities for individual student interaction and consultation.
  • Actively perform research to update knowledge and understanding in the field of specialisation. 
  • Research should be evidenced by publications and presentations and eventually obtaining a doctoral degree.
  • Publish on average 1 SAPSE/IS journal article per two-year cycle.
  • Develop links with relevant industries and external bodies.
  • Participate actively in leadership and administration on departmental, faculty and university level.

Inherent Criteria

Inherent requirements:

  • MEng/MSc in Engineering (Mechanical or Agricultural Engineering) on NQF Level 9 with a minimum of two (2) years’ relevant experience in industry/academic institutions. OR
  • BEng/BSc in Engineering (Mechanical or Agricultural Engineering) on NQF Level 8 with a minimum of five (5) years’ relevant experience in industry /academic institutions.
  • Relevant registration with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA), as well as discipline specific Association(s) (attach proof).

Required competencies:  

Results orientated

  • The ability to stick with tasks, not give up, and overcome obstacles in completing one's task.
  • The ability to be reliable, responsible, dependable and to fulfil obligations.

Strategic thinking

  • The ability to be creative and open-minded when addressing work issues.
  • The ability to plan work and to follow plans.

Business Acumen

  • The ability to adhere to rules and strictly follow work regulations.
  • Proficient in using MS Office.
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to function with ease in the University’s richly working environment.


  • The ability to maintain high levels of personal motivation, energy, and enthusiasm.
  • The ability to be cooperative with others, display a good-natured attitude, and encourage people to work together.

Building coalitions

  • The ability to interact with others and establish personal connections with people.
  • The ability to make decisions through consultation, collaboration, and working with close supervision.

Application Requirement

KINDLY TAKE NOTE: Applications may only be submitted online through the official UFS vacancy website: - Applications submitted through any other platform will not be considered. 

Please ensure that all relevant documentation is attached to your application. 

  • A detailed curriculum vitae and cover letter. 
  • Copies of qualifications (please provide the SAQA accreditation in the case of foreign qualifications).
  • Copies of all academic records (applicable where inherently required).
  • A copy of your identity document (ID or passport in the case of foreign nationals).
  • Proof of registration with a Professional Body (if applicable).
  • A copy of your driver’s license (if applicable).
  • Confirmation of employment from current employer / last employer if unemployed (only applicable to external applicants).

Assumption of duties:

1 July 2024 or as soon as possible.

Closing date:

9 June 2024


The salary is available on request.

Fringe benefits: 

(Subject to specific conditions): pension scheme, medical aid scheme, group life insurance, housing allowance, leave and sick leave, service bonus and study benefits.


For enquiries, please feel free to contact me at 051 401 9813 or email at or Additionally, kindly contact 051 401 2979/ 9810/ 9814/ 9848 for assistance.


The UFS is a designated employer and is committed to the pursuit of excellence, diversity, and redress in achieving its equity targets in accordance with the Employment Equity Plan of the University and its Employment Equity goals and targets. Preference will be given to candidates from the under-represented designated groups including candidates with disabilities. Our Employment Equity Policy is available at: EEA13_EE Plan UFS 1 March 2022 (003).pdf

The University processes personal information in line with its obligations under the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) and any personal information provided to the University will be treated as confidential and processed in accordance with the rights provided to data subjects under POPIA.

The University reserves the right not to fill the post. The UFS will only consider applications of candidates who meet all the inherent requirements of the position. Applications that are incomplete will not be considered. Communication will be limited to shortlisted candidates only. Should you not be contacted within six weeks of the closing date for applications, you may assume that your application was unsuccessful.

About University of the Free State

The University of the Free State is a multi-campus institution, with two diverse campuses in Bloemfontein and one in Qwaqwa in the scenic Eastern Free State, accommodating more than 40 000 students in its seven faculties, with an increasing number of international students and associates, and an ever-widening scope of active involvement in and contribution to its surrounding communities. It is an institution that goes all out to provide its students and staff with an outstanding university experience, anchored in a value bedrock of Excellence, Innovation and Impact, Sustainability, Care, Social Justice, and Accountability.