Faculty of Science
Department of Earth Sciences

Lecturer: Metamorphic Petrology

(Ref. NW05/033/0219)

The Department of Earth Sciences at Stellenbosch University is responsible for teaching and research in the fields of geology and environmental geochemistry. The department is equipped with modern analytical and experimental facilities and has a dynamic and international research team. Further information on departmental staff and research activities, students, analytical facilities and funding opportunities is available on the departmental website at http://www.sun.ac.za/english/faculty/science/earthsciences The incumbent is expected to complement the existing research strengths of the department in mid- and lower-crustal processes, magma petrogenesis and geodynamics, and should specialise in metamorphic petrology. The ideal candidate should have expertise in the development of computational methods and/or thermodynamic models to investigate metamorphic and anatectic processes in the crust. The incumbent will be expected to undertake research, undergraduate teaching and postgraduate supervision.


  • Teaching and administration of undergraduate and postgraduate modules in metamorphic petrology and introductory courses in geology as required;
  • Undertaking research activities and supervising postgraduate students in metamorphic petrology, potentially in collaboration with other research groups;
  • Publication of research results in international journals relevant to the broader research field;
  • Obtaining research funds from external sources;
  • Undertaking departmental duties as needed.


  • PhD in Earth Sciences, with a focus on phase equilibrium modelling in metamorphic petrology;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of computational methods and software development in metamorphic petrology;
  • Publications in international journals in the relevant field commensurate with experience;
  • Record of active research and research dissemination, e.g. through presentations at conferences;
  • Excellent communication skills in the context of an academic teaching environment.

Applicants invited for interviews will be expected to present a lecture on his/her recent research and complete a written excercise intended to evaluate the candidate's knowledge of phase equilibrium modelling and written communication skills.

Recommendation: Lecturing experience at tertiary level.

Commencement of duties: 1 June 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter

Closing date: 15 March 2019

Enquiries regarding this post: Prof. Alex Kisters, Departmental Chair, on 021 808 3113, or at akisters@sun.ac.za

Enquiries regarding remuneration/benefits as well as technical assistance with the electronic application process: Human Resources Client Services Centre on 021 808 2753

Applications should be submitted through the University's online application portal. All candidates must submit a single PDF containing all required documents and a cover letter outlining his/her teaching and research philosophy and how his/her academic background satisfies the job requirements outlined above.

The University will consider all applications in terms of its Employment Equity Plan, which acknowledges the need to diversify the demographic composition of the staff corps, especially with regard to the appointment of suitable candidates from the designated groups

The University reserves the right not to make an appointment.

Your application, comprising a comprehensive curriculum vitae (including the names and e-mail address of at least three referees), must reach the University before or on the closing date of the advertised post.

Apply online at www.sun.ac.za/english/careers

The University reserves the right to investigate qualifications and conduct background checks on all candidates.

Should no feedback be received from the University within six weeks of the closing date, kindly accept that your application did not succeed.

posted: 12 February 2019     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.