Job Details

  • Reference number: E210186
  • Province: Western Cape
  • Type of engagement: Permanent appointment
  • Posted: April 12th

Background to Position

The University of Cape Town is in the top rank of Universities in South Africa, and the Department of Mechanical Engineering endeavours to contribute to this reputation. This is achieved through world class research in niche areas (e.g. structural impact and materials engineering, computational mechanics, fluid dynamics, energy systems, engineering education, among others), as well as through excellent teaching based on sound pedagogical principles. The Department is well established, internationally accredited, and has historically produced some of the country’s most competent mechanical engineers.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering is seeking to appoint a permanent, full-time academic from the designated group at the Lecturer or Senior Lecturer level, from across the engineering discipline, including materials science. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to teaching, administration, and research in the Department. We invite suitably qualified persons to apply for this position. 

Job Description


For both levels:

  • A BSc (Eng), BEng, or BSc (Hons) in Materials Science;
  • Demonstrable teaching and research link between the applicant’s disciplinary field and the activities of the Department;
  • and Demonstrable recent experience of teaching in higher education at the undergraduate and/or postgraduate level.

For appointment at Lecturer level:

  • Registered for a PhD in engineering or materials science and within 18 months of submission for examination.

For appointment at Senior Lecturer level:

  • A PhD in engineering or materials science; and
  • A growing reputation in the field, as demonstrated by accredited publications and/or professional contributions.

The following will be advantageous:

                        • A track record of research projects, securing funding and accredited research publications;
                        • Experience in management (of courses, staff and/or research projects);
                        • Experience of teaching and supervision in the South African context;
                        • Contributions to curriculum development at course or programme level;
                        • Compliance with the criteria for registration as a Professional Engineer; and
                        • Postdoctoral research experience, or relevant work experience in engineering industry and/or academia. 

                        Inherent Criteria

                        The successful candidate is expected to:

                        • Teach students, develop course material and contribute to excellence in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching;
                        • Conduct research, supervise students, publish in refereed journals, and contribute to excellence in research in the Department; and
                        • Contribute to the Department’s social responsiveness by engaging with community and/or industry through teaching and research.

                        The 2020 annual cost of employment, including benefits, for Senior Lecturer is R887 294 and for Lecturer is R730 510. The 2021 annual remuneration packages are still to be confirmed. 

                        Application Requirement

                        To apply, please e-mail the below documents in a single pdf file (max size 10Mb) to Ms Abigail Dixon at

                        • UCT Application Form (download at
                        • Motivation letter, highlighting the relevant experience
                        • Curriculum Vitae (CV).
                        • Please ensure the title and reference number are indicated in the subject line.
                        • An application which does not comply with the above requirements will be regarded as incomplete and might not be considered. Shortlisted candidates may be required to deliver a short presentation to the Faculty and/or submit a portfolio of recent work.
                        • Telephone: 021 650 1673 Website: Reference number: E210186 Closing date: 03 May 2021

                          UCT 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. Our Employment Equity Policy is available at

                            UCT reserves the right not to appoint. 

                            About University of Cape Town

                            The University of Cape Town (UCT) is South Africa's oldest university, and is one of Africa's leading teaching and research institutions. UCT was founded in 1829 as the South African College, a high school for boys. The College had a small tertiary-education facility that grew substantially after 1880, when the discovery of gold and diamonds in the north – and the resulting demand for skills in mining – gave it the financial boost it needed to grow. The College developed into a fully fledged university during the period 1880 to 1900, thanks to increased funding from private sources and the government.