Job Details

  • Reference number: E210258
  • Province: Western Cape
  • Type of engagement: Permanent appointment
  • Posted: July 22nd

Background to Position

The Faculty of Health Sciences’ vision is to be a centre of excellence in health sciences that is locally relevant and globally competitive. Established in 1912, the Faculty is the top-rated Faculty of Health Sciences on the African continent. The Department of Medicine at the University of Cape Town and Groote Schuur Hospital is a large clinical and academic department which plays a leading role in medical education and research, and provides clinical services to the population of the Western Cape and, in the case of our highly specialised services, to patients throughout southern Africa.

The University of Cape Town and the Department of Health of the Western Cape Government invite applications for this highly challenging and exciting permanent post of Associate Professor/Professor and Head: Clinical Pharmacology, within UCT’s world-leading Faculty, for appointment on 1 January 2022.

The purpose of this position is to lead, consolidate and manage the Division of Clinical Pharmacology, nested within the Department of Medicine, within the context of South Africa, the African continent and internationally. This includes service provision, teaching, training, research and social responsiveness

Job Description


  • Provide leadership and actively participate in the clinical service, undergraduate and postgraduate education and training, and research.
  •  Promoting a multidisciplinary approach to Clinical Pharmacology.
  •  Provide leadership in addressing issues of diversity, transformation, inclusivity and equity, attracting and developing students and staff.
  •  Manage the staff, resources and performance in the Division of Clinical Pharmacology, inspiring innovation and change.
  • Demonstrate social responsiveness through outreach, policy, health systems development and engagement with other stakeholders such as the NHLS, SAHPRA and other government bodies.

This permanent post is on the establishment of the University of Cape Town under the Joint Agreement with the Western Cape Government.

The annual remuneration package, including benefits, is appropriate to the academic and clinical level of Associate or Professor and Head of Clinical Department.

Inherent Criteria


  • A clinician who is qualified as a Clinical Pharmacologist or a specialist physician with recognised expertise in Clinical Pharmacology.
  • For both categories above, at least 5 years’ experience is mandatory.
  • A qualification that is registerable with the HPCSA as a medical specialist.
  • Demonstrated experience in clinical service delivery, education, training, and research.
  • A locally recognised clinician and researcher in the field of Clinical Pharmacology with an appropriate record of scholarship and research.


  • A doctoral qualification (PhD).
  • NRF rating.
  • A personal record of having attracted funding through clinical studies and research grants.
  • Insight into the challenges and opportunities for advancing health care in South Africa and Africa.
  • National or international reputation as a leader in the field of Clinical Pharmacology.

Application Requirement

Enquiries about this post should be directed to the Head of the Department of Medicine, Professor Ntobeko Ntusi at or 021 406 6200.

To apply, please e-mail the below documents in a single pdf file to Ms Vathiswa Mbangi.

- UCT Application Form (download at

- Cover letter that speaks to the specific requirements of this position, and

- 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.

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.