Position Summary

Campus: Auckland Park Kingsway Campus
Remuneration: Market Related
EE position: Open to all
Level: Skilled


The University of Johannesburg (UJ) is a vibrant and cosmopolitan university, anchored in Africa and driven by a powerful strategy focused on attaining global excellence and stature (GES). With an emphasis on independent thinking, sustainable development and strategic partnerships, UJ is an international university of choice. The University is guided by the Vice-Chancellor’s vision of “Positioning UJ in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) in the context of the changing social, political and economic fortunes of Africa”.

Job description

The Council of the University of Johannesburg has declared the University as a mandatory vaccination site as per the applicable policy ((https://www.uj.ac.za/covid-19/). All applications and offers of employment is dependent upon compliance with the said policy.

The Department of Chemical Sciences is an academic unit within the Faculty of Science. The core functions of the department are teaching, training and research. The department is situated on both the APK Campus in Auckland Park, and the DFC campus in Doornfontein, both in Johannesburg. 
 • Must demonstrate a strong commitment to excellence in teaching and productive research and play a leading role in teaching innovation including the use of online tools.
• Be actively involved in core activities of the department such as teaching, research, academic administration, shortcourse development, marketing, and community projects.
• Assume responsibility to teach modules (theory and/or practical) in Organic Chemistry enlisted for the Chemistry undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the Department. 
• The incumbent will be expected to lead curriculum development in Organic Chemistry programmes.
• Annually publish peer-reviewed papers in accredited scientific and/or academic journals, and deliver papers at national and international conferences, commensurate with the level of appointment.
• Actively supervise postgraduate students.
• Obtain research funding from external funding bodies.
• Perform administrative and ad hoc duties as required by the Department.

Minimum requirements

• PhD in chemistry or equivalent, with experience in synthetic Organic Chemistry.
• Must have teaching experience at undergraduate and post-graduate tertiary level (5-10 years).
• Previous involvement in developing university learning programmes, developing new courses, or enriching existing courses.
• Experience in supervising post-graduate students, and evidence of graduated MSc and/or PhD students.
• Proven research excellence and sustained, significant research outputs in ISI accredited journals.
• Evidence of community and/or industrial involvement would be beneficial.
• Proven record of engagement with the scholarship of teaching, e.g. an abridged teaching evaluation or portfolio. 
• Strong commitment to good teaching and research.
• Sound communication skills in English. 
• A good/successful research fundraising record of accomplishment.  

 Competencies and Behavioural Attributes:

• Excellent written and verbal English communications skills.
• Excellent teaching skills.
• Good planning and organizational skills
• Ability to apply relevant skills in addressing chemistry problems.
• Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines. 
• Ability to self-manage own research group.
• Strong interpersonal relationships as well as the ability to collaborate with colleagues. 


• Teaching experience, at a Higher Education Institution, at 5-10 years.
• A track record of post-graduate research supervision and publications.
• NRF Rating will be an added advantage.
• An h-index of 10 (for AP) or 15 (for P) is preferred.
• Should fit the current research thrusts of the department (Synthetic and Medicinal chemistry, Materials chemistry, computational, etc.)
• Innovative teaching techniques incorporating blended learning.
• Ability to develop new undergraduate and postgraduate modules.
• Be able to teach large groups (± 100)  


Enquiries regarding job content: Prof J Ramontja (011) 559-6754 (HOD: Department of Chemical Sciences)
Enquiries regarding remuneration and benefits: Marian Myburgh (011) 559-3892 (HR Business Partner


Your application, comprising of a detailed Curriculum Vitae as well as the names and full contact details (including telephone numbers and e-mail addresses) of at least three traceable and credible referees must be uploaded before or on the closing date of the advertised post. Please also attach the following: a copy of your highest academic qualification, proof of registration with professional bodies you might belong to and if applying for an academic position, a list of accredited research output and/ or a portfolio of your creative output.

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Candidates may be subjected to appropriate psychometric testing and other selection instruments.

In conjunction to merit on the basis of qualifications, experience and proven achievements the University of Johannesburg is committed to providing equal employment opportunities for persons with disabilities and those individuals from the historically disadvantaged groups. As necessitated by operational requirements the University reserves the right not to make an appointment to positions advertised. If you have not received a response from the University within 8 weeks of the closing date, you should assume that your application has been unsuccessful.


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