University of the Witwatersrand
School of Geosciences
Associate Professor / Senior Lecturer / Lecturer (3 Posts)
The School of Geosciences at the University of the Witwatersrand invites applications from suitably-qualified candidates for 3 (THREE) vacancies. These tenure-track posts are available at Associate Professor, Senior Lecturer or Lecturer level and will commence on 1 January, 2013. The level of appointment and starting salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Background: The School of Geosciences is ranked in the top 1% of geosciences departments worldwide based on cited research (Essential Science Indicators, 2000-2010) and is the largest grouping of geoscientists in southern Africa, with strong multidisciplinary research programmes in Geology, Geophysics and Palaeontology covering many aspects of the internationally-renowned geology of South Africa and other parts of Africa. The advertised posts are in the geology division, which has a strong focus on hard rock geology, with particular reference to economic geology. In addition to world-leading research on the Bushveld Complex and its platinum mineralisation, current projects include the Witwatersrand Basin and Vredefort Impact Structure, Barberton Greenstone Belt, the Damara, Katangan and Lufillian Belts of Namibia and Zambia, and Archaean/Proterozoic cratons in Southern, West and Central Africa. New research opportunities are also emerging in the Karoo Basin and in environmental chemistry/hydrogeology. Preference will be given to candidates with a background in ore mineralisation studies, igneous or metamorphic petrology, geochemistry and/or structural geology, but the School is particularly seeking dynamic early-career researchers with a PhD and a proven research track record in any discipline in geology that complements our research strengths. Applicants intending to complete their PhD by the end of 2012 will also be considered.
Duties: Successful candidates are expected to establish active research programmes, attract postgraduate students, contribute to scientific meetings and publish work in internationally accredited scientific journals. They will be required to teach specialist courses at undergraduate and Honours levels, and to lead appropriate student field excursions. Wherever possible, teaching duties will be matched with a candidate's research background. An opportunity also exists for a suitably-qualified candidate to assume academic responsibility for the School's geochemical laboratory by 2015.
To apply: Submit a covering letter accompanied by a detailed curriculum vitae, certified copies of all educational qualifications and identity document with names and e-mail addresses of 3 referees to: Miss Busisiwe Khumalo, Human Resources Officer, University of the Witwatersrand, Private Bag 3, Wits 2050; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Fax: 086 523 4543 Tel: +27 11 7171423
Closing Date: Friday, 25 May 2012
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
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