Faculty of Science
School of Geosciences

Senior Lecturer / Associate Professor (Economic Geology)

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 Senior Lecturer or Associate Professor level to commence on 1 April 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. The School co-hosts the national DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence in Integrated Mineral and Energy Resource Analysis (CIMERA), the international AfricaArray Geophysics Programme and the Economic Geology Research Institute (EGRI). The state-of-the-art geoanalytical facilities include Cameca SX5 Field Emission EPMA, TESCAN-TIMA and LA-ICP-MS), geohydrology, and isotope analysis, including an ultraclean isotope laboratory (WIGL) and TIMS and SF-MC-ICPMS instruments. These facilities are part of the newly developed Earth Observatory that represents the most well-equipped geoanalytical facility on the continent.

The School delivers a curriculum with a strong focus in economic geology including courses in ore genesis and ore petrology, as well as an internationally recognised MSc course. Additionally, a new laboratory in geometallurgy, as well as an associated MSc course, is currently being developed. The School seeks to appoint a candidate who will contribute to economic geology, ore genesis and ore petrology teaching and research. The candidate will be expected to complement the existing research strengths of EGRI, benefitting from the world-class geochemical facilities within the School, and will lead cutting-edge research in the origin of Africa's ore deposits and exploration towards the discovery of new metal deposits for the future. Preference will be given to candidates with a proven expertise in economic geology and knowledge of a wide range of mineral deposits in multiple geological settings. The level of appointment and starting salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


A successful candidate is expected to establish a research programme and publish research results in internationally accredited journals, as well as raise research funds through competitive grants and attract postgraduate students. She/he will be required to teach specialist courses in Economic Geology and ore petrology at undergraduate, honours and postgraduate levels. She/he will also need to organise and lead field trips for undergraduate and postgraduate students.


Applicants must provide evidence of:

  • A PhD in geological sciences
  • Specialisation in one or more of the designated fields (especially granites and/or hydrothermal deposits as well as interests in critical metals and their role in the green economy)
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Structural geology skills in fieldwork and microstructural observations would also be an advantage
  • An independent research record with publications in internationally recognised journals
  • Suitable record of fundraising for research projects and postgraduate student support.

The post is available at Senior Lecturer or Associate Professor level; the appointment at the more senior level will be based on evidence of a sustained track record of post-PhD academic research and a teaching portfolio.

Enquiries: For further information contact the Head of School, Professor Gillian Drennan (Tel: +27 11 7176547; email: Gillian.drennan@wits.ac.za).

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.

Closing Date: 20th December 2021

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Applicants who do not hear from the University within a month from the closing date can assume that their application was unsuccessful.

"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 plans and policies of the University. The University retains the right not to make an appointment, to invite applications after the closing date, and to verify all information provided by candidates."

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posted: 19 November 2021     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.