Lecturer / Senior Lecturer-Department of Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute

Updated: 10 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 13 Dec 2019

FACULTY OF NATURAL AND AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES

DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY AND AGRICULTURAL BIOTECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE (FABI)

LECTURER / SENIOR LECTURER (ONE POST) (TWO YEAR CONTRACT)

In pursuit of the ideals of excellence and diversity, the University of Pretoria wishes to invite applications for the following vacancy.

The University of Pretoria's commitment to quality makes us one of the top research Universities in the country and gives us a competitive advantage in international science and technology development.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

The incumbent’s responsibilities will include:

  • Joining a world class team of researchers working in the field of plant health and productivity in the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI);
  • Associating with the Department of Zoology and Entomology or Department of Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology;
  • Undertaking goal directed research as an Entomologist and supervising postgraduate students in these fields;
  • Contributing to undergraduate and honours teaching in the associated Department;
  • Participating as a member of the FABI Management Committee;
  • Participating in the activities of other Entomology related research teams within FABI and contributing to the effective operation of the Institute;
  • Engaging with a broad range of stakeholders linked to the Institute including international collaborators, local government and industry (including extension), as well as funding organisations that provide external support for FABI’s research.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

Lecturer:

  • A relevant PhD degree;
  • Teaching and research experience with an established publication record in leading international journals that demonstrates research at a high international standard;
  • Specialisation in Insect Molecular Biology or related fields with applications relevant to Forestry and Agriculture;
  • Evidence of the ability to gain a NRF rating in the near future.

Senior Lecturer (Same as for Lecturer, plus):

  • Evidence of current and completed postgraduate student supervision at MSc and PhD levels;
  • A current NRF rating;
  • Successful acquisition of research funding.

REQUIRED COMPETENCIES (SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE AND BEHAVIOURAL ATTRIBUTES):

  • The ability to inspire students;
  • Commitment to working in a strong multidisciplinary research team and addressing grand challenges in Agriculture and Forestry;
  • The ability to teach classes effectively;
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.

ADDED ADVANTAGES AND PREFERENCES:

  • A research focus on the molecular genetics of insect pests of plants and preferably forestry species;
  • Experience in working with emerging technologies in the field of insect molecular genetics such as gene editing technologies (e.g. CRISPR-Cas) and molecular based insect identifications;
  • Experience in engaging a broad range of academic and non-academic stakeholders and fundraising experience.

The all-inclusive remuneration package for this contract position will be commensurate with the incumbent’s level of appointment, as determined by UP policy guidelines.

Applicants are requested to apply online at www.up.ac.za , and follow the link: Careers@UP.

In applying for this post, please attach:

  • A comprehensive CV;
  • Certified copies of qualifications;
  • Names, e-mail addresses and telephone details of three referees whom we have permission to contact;
  • Names and contact details of peer reviewers (academic and research);
  • Self-evaluation.

CLOSING DATE: 13 December 2019

No application will be considered after the closing date, or if it does not comply with at least the minimum requirements.

ENQUIRIES:

Ms KM Seerane, Tel: (012) 420 5760 for application-related enquiries, and Prof B Slippers, Tel: (012) 420 2463 for enquiries relating to the post content.

Should you not hear from the University of Pretoria by ­­­­­­­­­­­­­29 February 2020, please accept that your application has been unsuccessful.

The University of Pretoria is committed to equality, employment equity and diversity.

In accordance with the Employment Equity Plan of the University and its Employment Equity goals and targets, preference may be given, but is not limited to candidates from under-represented designated groups.

All candidates who comply with the requirements for appointment are invited to apply. All candidates agree to undergo verification of personal credentials.

The University of Pretoria reserves the right to not fill the advertised positions.


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