Job Details

  • Reference number: Job ID: 5757
  • Province: Free State
  • Type of engagement: Permanent appointment
  • Posted: May 21st

Background to Position

Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences

Centre for Mineral Biogeochemistry

Bloemfontein Campus

Senior Lecturer: Ecological Engineering 

Job ID: 5757

Job Description

Duties and responsibilities: 

  • Provide supervision to postgraduate students, namely Honours, Master’s, and PhD students.
  • Lecture on ecological engineering and Nature-based Solutions for postgraduate and undergraduate students.
  • Develop short courses in the field of ecological engineering.
  • Provide capacity building in Ecological Engineering as recognised discipline within the UFS.
  • Champion community and industry interaction and service delivery within the framework of ecology engineering and nature-based solutions.
  • Develop and refine curriculum associated with ecological engineering at the master’s level.
  • Collaborate with relevant staff members in the Centre for Mineral Biogeochemistry domain.
  • Develop and lead ecological engineering and ecosystem services research projects and interdisciplinary projects with relevant departments in partnership with the Ecological Engineering Institute of Africa.
  • Conduct research in ecological engineering and deliver quality research outputs in line with the faculty’s research strategy.
  • Lead and support processes that foster interactions with a variety of stakeholders in the ecological engineering and ecosystem services policy sectors, including researchers, practitioners, decision-makers from the private and public sectors, and community members.
  • Champion external and internal service-rendering and demonstrating social impact within the framework of ecological engineering and nature-based solutions.
  • Perform academic administration for undergraduate and postgraduate subjects. This may include typing, setting, and marking all question papers and memorandums, recording marks, moderation, and handling student complaints.
  • Serve as a member of various academic committees and perform any other tasks the Dean allocates.

Inherent Criteria

Inherent requirements:

Senior Lecturer

  • PhD on NQF Level 10 in a relevant environmental discipline with a strong background in a quantitative and qualitative field of study in ecological engineering.
  • Proven experience in presenting papers/posters at national and international scholarly conferences related to ecological engineering.
  • Proven national recognition for specialist expertise and research in ecological engineering.
  • An NRF rating or demonstrated potential for obtaining an NRF rating.
  • Proven experience in supervision of graduated master’s degree students.
  • A proven research record of relevant publication/s in national and international accredited scientific journals related to ecological engineering and nature-based solutions. 
  • Proven experience of service as an active member of a national or international scholarly society, committee, or agency concerned with ecologically engineered and nature-based research at higher-education levels.
  • Proven experience in delivering industry-based projects on ecological engineering, ecologically engineered wetlands, and in relationship with passive Acid Mine Drainage (AMD) treatment.


  • Proven lecturing experience in Higher Education
  • Postdoctoral experience in the ecological engineering of wetlands is advantageous.
  • Demonstrate entrepreneurial and innovation towards developing practical ecological engineering solutions and approaches to challenges.
  • Registration with the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professionals and the Environmental Assessment Practitioners Association of South Africa.
  • Proven experience interacting and collaborating with regulators, the mining and manufacturing industry, and influencing policy adoptions and recommendations regarding ecological engineering and ecologically engineered wetlands.
  • Proven experience in ecological engineering solutions development and implementation.
  • Proven experience in project management and successfully delivering ecological engineering-related projects to the mining industry.
  • Proven experience in designing ecologically engineered wetlands and conducting pre-feasibility studies of ecologically engineered wetlands to treat AMD and mitigate the mining industry’s impacts.
  • Proven experience in conducting source-pathway-receptor analysis of ecologically engineered wetlands receiving AMD or other sources of contamination.
  • The development of study material and facilitating learning opportunities for students within the framework of ecological engineering.
  • Involvement in curriculum development, revising and compiling module frameworks (including developing learning outcomes), and study guides within the framework of ecological engineering.

Required competencies:  

Results oriented.

  • The ability to set high standards, establish tough goals, and to work to achieve success.
  • The ability to stick with tasks, not give up, and overcome obstacles in completing one’s task.

Strategic thinking.

  • The ability to deal with several activities at a time.
  • The ability to be creative and open-minded when addressing work issues.

Business Acumen:

  • The ability to adhere to rules and strictly follow work regulations.
  • Proficient in using MS Office.


  • The ability to maintain high levels of personal motivation, energy and enthusiasm.
  • The ability to lead, take charge of situations, and offer opinions and directions to others. 

Building coalitions

  • The ability to negotiate, sell, influence and to persuade others.
  • The ability to interact with others and establish personal connections with people.

Application Requirement

This post was previously advertised as Job ID 5682.  All applications received in response to the previous advertisements, will automatically be considered again. Previous applicants therefore do not need to reapply.

KINDLY TAKE NOTE: Applications may only be submitted online through the official UFS vacancy we 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).

Closing date:

09 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 051 401 7659 or email  or Additionally, kindly contact 051 401 9857 / 9810 / 9813 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.