Faculty of Science
Department of Earth Sciences

Senior Lecturer/Lecturer in Geohydrology/Hydrogeophysics

(Ref. NW05/217/0719)

We are seeking to appoint a lecturer in geohydrology or hydrogeophysics in the Department of Earth Sciences at Stellenbosch University. The Department employs eleven full-time academic staff members and is responsible for teaching and research in the fields of geology and environmental geochemistry. The position will complement the current teaching and research of the department with the aim to broaden its offering into the fields of geohydrology. Further information on departmental staff and research activities, students, analytical facilities and funding opportunities can be viewed on the departmental website at http://www.sun.ac.za/english/faculty/science/earthsciences


  • Teaching undergraduate and postgraduate courses in geohydrology, groundwater exploration and introductory courses in geology as required;
  • Planning and supervising undergraduate and postgraduate field work and administration of modules;
  • Supervising research projects and postgraduate students;
  • Researching and publishing in international journals relevant to the broader research field;
  • Obtaining research funds from external sources;
  • Service delivery at departmental level.


  • PhD in Earth Sciences, with focus on geohydrology;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of field-based geohydrology, groundwater exploration and/or groundwater numerical modelling;
  • Publications in international journals in the relevant field commensurate with experience;
  • Proven track record of teaching at the tertiary level (lecturer or teaching assistant pending the level of appointment);
  • Good verbal and written communication skills in English.


  • Demonstrated knowledge of field-based geohydrology, groundwater exploration and/or groundwater numerical modelling;
  • Record of active research and research dissemination, e.g., through presentations at conferences.

Senior Lecturer:

  • Experience with groundwater modelling software such as, MODFLOW, MODPATH, FEFLOW or finite element/finite difference modelling methods;
  • Experience in aquifer testing, aquifer delineation and groundwater exploration using geophysical methods;
  • Proof of successful postgraduate supervision;
  • Evidence of working in multidisciplinary research projects and active collaboration.

Applicants invited for interviews will be expected to present a lecture on their recent research and complete a written exercise intended to evaluate their hydrogeology knowledge and written communication skills.


  • Post-doctoral research experience;
  • Teaching experience in geohydrology and/or hydrogeophysics;
  • Good communication skills in Afrikaans.

Commencement of duties: 1 January 2020
Closing date: 30 August 2019
Enquiries regarding this post: Prof. Alex Kisters 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. Candidates must submit a single PDF containing all required documents and a cover letter outlining their teaching and research philosophy and how their 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: 06 August 2019     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.