Job Details

  • Reference number: 3905
  • Province: Free State
  • Type of engagement: Permanent appointment
  • Posted: July 22nd

Background to Position

Results Orientated:

  • The ability to cope with a frequently changing environment and to adapt to evolving situations.
  • The ability to be reliable, responsible, dependable and to fulfil obligations.

Strategic Thinking:

  • The ability to focus on details, work towards perfection, and approach work in a neat and organised manner.
  • The ability to be creative and open-minded when addressing work issues.

Business Acumen:

  • Proficient in using MS Office.
  • Good research and writing skills.


  • 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 salary scale in 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

Job Description

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Contribute towards creating a strong academic identity for the Department of Sociology.
  • Teach and assess undergraduate and postgraduate modules in Sociology.
  • Provide study guidance and supervision to final year and postgraduate students.
  • Initiate and conduct high-level research and sustain quality research outputs.
  • Active participation and involvement in applicable UFS management structures.
  • Build an effective team of scholars.
  • Contribute to programme development and curriculum review within the Department and Faculty.
  • Participate in community engagement initiatives.
  • Recruit senior students for postgraduate studies.
  • Perform organisational and administrative duties.
  • Introduce and teach in a specific Sociology specialisation that can contribute to the Faculty's academic streams.

Inherent Criteria

Senior Lecturer:

  • A Doctoral degree on NQF level 10 in Sociology or cognate discipline.
  • A minimum of five (5) years’ lecturing experience in Sociology at a tertiary institution.
  • Proven experience in the presentation of papers at national scholarly conferences.
  • Proven national recognition for specialist expertise and research in a specific area of scholarship.
  • An NRF rating or demonstrate potential for obtaining an NRF rating.
  • Proven experience in supervision of graduated Master’s and /or Doctoral students.
  • A proven research record of relevant publications in national and international accredited journals.
  • Proven experience of service as an active member of a national or international scholarly society or committee or agency concerned with research at higher education levels.


  • Senior Lecturer
  • Editorial board member of high-quality national/international scholarly journals.
  • Experience as a departmental leader/ manager in a higher education environment

Application Requirement

Please ensure that all relevant documentation is attached to your application. INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. 

  •  A detailed curriculum vitae and cover letter (please note that the first three (3) referees on your CV will be contacted with regard to reference checking);
  • Certified copies (not older than 6 months) of all academic records;
  • Certified copies (not older than 6 months) of qualifications (please provide the SAQA accreditation in the case of foreign qualifications);
  • A certified copy (not older than 6 months) of your identity document (ID);
  • Proof of registration with a Professional Body (if applicable);
  • A copy of your driver’s license (if applicable);
  • A service record of your current employer / last employer.

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.