Faculty of Science
School of Geosciences


Lecturer or Senior Lecturer in Advanced Mass Spectrometry and Geochemistry

The School of Geosciences at the University of the Witwatersrand invites applications from suitably qualified candidates for a full-time, permanent academic position at either Lecturer or Senior level to commence on 1 February, 2022 The School enjoys a high international research profile, with strong multidisciplinary research programmes in Geology and Geophysics and has close links to the Evolutionary Studies Institute. The School has a strong focus on the Precambrian geology of South Africa and other parts of Africa, with particular strengths being in geophysics, geochemistry, petrology and economic geology. In the past 5 years it has significantly expanded its analytical research facilities, including a diverse array of mass spectrometry instrumentation (quadrupole ICPMS, single and multi-collector ICPMS, a new generation TIMS), laser ablation systems, and ultra-clean, metal-free isotope lab and geohydrology labs.

The School seeks to appoint a candidate who will complement its existing research strengths and applied geology teaching focus. Preference will be given to candidates with proven expertise in geochemical and mineralogical research. The successful candidate will be responsible for the daily operation and maintenance of the recently acquired Nu Instruments Sapphire collision cell MC-ICPMS and the Nu Instruments TIMS. In addition, she/he will assist with the operation of the Thermo Element single-collector ICPMS and attached ASI Resolution laser ablation system. The candidate is also expected to advance his/her own research program within the School of Geosciences through peer reviewed publications, postgraduate student supervision, and contribute to specific, course lecturing. The level of appointment and starting salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Key Performance Areas:

  • Day-to-day operation, monitoring and routine maintenance of mass spectrometers
  • Development and optimization of analytical methods and protocols, including quality assurance
  • Liaising with users and clients
  • Training and supervision of users
  • Administration of accounts and supplies
  • Lecturing to undergraduate and postgraduate students in subject specific courses (limited teaching load).
  • Student project supervision

Key Competencies:

  • Efficient, observant and able to pay attention to detail.
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills.
  • Strong communication and training skills.
  • Ability to work within a team of geochemists in the Earth Observatory.
  • Keen interest in method development and continuous quality assessment and control.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Ph.D. in Geochemistry or Geology.
  • Research experience (publications).
  • Experience with the analysis of geological materials, especially for research purposes.
  • Understanding of, and prior experience in, a variety of mass spectrometry techniques as applied to geoscience research, specifically multicollector sector field ICPMS and/or TIMS.
  • Laboratory management experience.
  • High-level familiarity with Microsoft Office Excel and basic coding language/s.

For more information on the Wits Advanced Mass Spectrometry Lab, please contact Prof Gillian Drennan or Prof Robert Bolhar.

Only applicants who meet the minimum requirements should apply by submitting their cover letter, detailed CV, certified copies of all educational qualifications and identity document with names and e-mail addresses of 3 referees. It is the applicant's responsibility to have foreign qualifications evaluated by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). More information about the School of Geosciences is available on the Wits website.

To apply: Submit a covering letter accompanied by a detailed curriculum vitae, certified copies of all educational qualifications and identity document, research portfolio, teaching portfolio, and names and e-mail addresses of 3 referees. External applicants are invited to apply by registering their profile on the Wits i-Recruitment platform located at https://irec.wits.ac.za and submitting applications. Internal employees are invited to apply directly on Oracle by following the path: iWits /Self Service application/"Apply for a job.

The University reserves the right not to make an appointment and continue searching after the closing date and only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

"The University is committed to employment equity. Preference may be given, to appointable applicants from the underrepresented designated groups in terms of the relevant employment equity plan and policies of the University. The University retains the right not to make an appointment and to verify all information provided by the candidate"

Closing date: 20th December 2021

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