Job Details

  • Reference number: E210252
  • Province: Western Cape
  • Type of engagement: Permanent appointment
  • Posted: July 22nd

Background to Position

The University of Cape Town has a strong international reputation in ocean and climate research and teaching. Within the Department of Oceanography, particular areas of interest include the Agulhas and Benguela Current systems, the Southern Ocean, climate change and variability, marine biogeochemistry, severe weather and mesoscale meteorology, and modelling.  In addition, the Department since 2017 has hosted the SARChi in Ocean and Atmospheric modelling. The Department has well developed computing facilities, a marine biogeochemistry laboratory, and access to ship time for research cruises in the South Atlantic, South Indian and Southern Oceans.  Under the auspices of the New Generation of Academics Programme (nGAP) funded by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) the Department of Oceanography is seeking to appoint a Lecturer for a full-time permanent position. This appointment will be made in terms of the purposes outlined in the Staffing South African.

The annual remuneration package for 2021, including benefits, is R765 575.

Job Description


  • The incumbent will be expected to contribute to teaching at the undergraduate level, preferably the third year Ocean and Atmosphere Dynamics course and at Honours level as well as developing their own research programme with appropriate training and supervision of postgraduate students.

  • To contribute to the coastal and ocean modelling research within the Oceanography Department
  • The successful candidate will be provided with mentoring and coursework options to nurture and support their academic career.

Inherent Criteria

Requirements for the job:

To be eligible for selection for a nGAP post, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be 40 years or younger
  • Have a Ph.D. in Oceanography or Atmospheric Science at the time of appointment
  • Have proven experience with regional ocean or atmospheric modelling
  • Be a black South African citizen

The following would be advantageous:

  • A publication record in ocean or atmospheric modelling
  • Some experience in lecturing or tutoring undergraduate students.

Application Requirement

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

- UCT Application Form 

- Motivational letter with a research and teaching statement

- 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.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and may be required to undergo a competency test.

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.