Call for applications for a DST/NRF SARChI Research Chair

DST-NRF/SAIMI Operation Phakisa South African Research Chair

The Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) in collaboration with the South African International Maritime Institute (SAIMI) wish to establish a Research Chair in Petroleum Geoscience and Engineering within the South African Research Chair Initiative (SARChI) at the University of the Western Cape. The broad objectives of the Research Chair are to strengthen national research and innovation capacity in the area of Petroleum Geoscience and Engineering.

The DST-NRF/SAIMI South African Research Chair in Petroleum Geosciences and Engineering is a prestigious strategic position intended to attract world-class excellence in research and innovation to the University of the Western Cape in order to boost scientific research in Petroleum Geosciences and Engineering through the development of human capacity. To this end, the incumbent of this SARChI Chair will be generously funded and will be exempted from undergraduate teaching obligations.

The University of the Western Cape is South Africa's leading University in Petroleum Geoscience. The DST-NRF/SAIMI Operation Phakisa SARChI Chair in Petroleum Geoscience and Engineering will be hosted by the Department of Earth Sciences, which occupies state-of-the-art facilities in the new Chemical Sciences Building. The campus of UWC is conveniently located close to Cape Town International airport.

We are inviting applications from recognised senior researchers of high academic standing at the professorial level, who are internationally acclaimed and recognized as experts and world leaders in the fields of Petroleum Geoscience and Engineering. Ideal candidates for this position will have an in-depth knowledge and expertise in Petroleum Geoscience and Engineering, experience in the development of high quality research at an international level, experience in capacity building exemplified by successful postgraduate supervision and an outstanding research track-record supported by relevant research outputs. Recent work experience in the hydrocarbon industry is essential for this position.

Core functions:
  • Research and innovation activities (publications and presentations)
  • Supervision of postgraduate students
  • Securing external research funding
  • Development of research capacity within the Department.
  • A research scholar with an international reputation as a leader in the particular field
  • Excellent track record of postgraduate supervision and mentorship
  • Willingness to enter into a contract for five years, which is renewable to another five or ten years up to a maximum of fifteen years, based on performance.
Interested candidates should submit their CV, that includes a list of publications, a description of research interests and intent to the Head of Department of Earth Sciences, Prof D Frei (e-mail:, tel: +27 21 959 3881), as soon as possible for full details about this position and for further discussions regarding the application procedure.

Applications should be submitted by 27 April 2018.

EQUITY DISCLAIMER: In line with the University's commitment to diversifying its workforce, preference will be given to suitably qualified applicants in line with Employment Targets of the University. The University reserves the right to not make an appointment, make an appointment at a different level, seek additional candidates and may conduct competency assessments.

posted: 26 March 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.