The University of the Western Cape's Faculty of Natural Sciences offers education and research in a wide range of scientific disciplines. As one of the recognised leaders in Natural Sciences in South Africa and on the African continent, the Faculty, with a strong focus on both undergraduate and postgraduate learning and teaching, has, in the past decade, witnessed an unprecedented investment in science infrastructure with commensurate growth in undergraduate and postgraduate numbers and research productivity.

The Faculty's Department of Earth Sciences hosts the Environmental and Water Science (EWS) and Applied Geology (APG) programmes, and occupies state-of-the-art facilities in both of the new Life Sciences and Chemical Sciences buildings. The campus of the University of the Western Cape is located in the vicinity of Cape Town International Airport.

The Department of Earth Sciences seeks to employ an

Associate Professor in Hydrogeology

This position offers a leadership opportunity for a highly motivated, dynamic individual who has the potential to emerge as one of the future leaders in Hydrogeology in Southern Africa. Applications are invited from passionate researchers and teachers, with in-depth knowledge of Hydrogeology, who can lead research as well as teaching and learning activities in Hydrogeology and multidisciplinary, ground water-related topics. This position requires a strong team player with a research and teaching track record, commensurate with appointment at the level of Associate Professor. In addition applicants must have excellent communication and networking skills, be willing to focus on achieving research and education targets, and provide leadership in the acquisition of funding for Hydrogeology research and advanced new equipment necessary to further research in this field.

Key roles and responsibilities will include:

  • Academic leadership in Hydrogeology and groundwater related topics;
  • Participation in Departmental academic governance and curriculum development;
  • Development of sustainable research and innovation programmes in Hydrogeology and groundwater related topics;
  • Undergraduate & postgraduate teaching and supervision;
  • Acquisition of external research funds; and Publication of high quality research outputs in accredited journals relevant to the research field.

Minimum Requirements

  • A PhD in Hydrogeology or closely related field;
  • Hydrogeology teaching experience at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level;
  • Post-graduate supervision experience;
  • A track record of high quality Hydrogeology research outputs in accredited journals;
  • A proven track record of acquiring research funding.

In your application, you are encouraged to highlight your strengths and also include anything else that you feel may be pertinent to the selection panel. Please attach your covering letter, a detailed curriculum vitae (that provides evidence for your teaching, post-graduate supervision, funding and publication track record, as well as the names and addresses of at least three referees) and highest qualification to your online profile. You are expected to be proficient in English. This is a full-time permanent appointment in the EWS Programme of the Earth Science Department of the Faculty of Natural Sciences. To be considered for this vacancy, you must click on the Apply for this Job link below or apply directly via UWC Careers at

Closing date for applications: 17. March 2019

Enquiries regarding this post: Prof Dirk Frei, Head of Department, at +27 21 959 3881 or at

For any other enquiries: please contact the Human Resources Department at +27 21 959 4063/9763/9708/3551/3756.

Apply online at:

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.

published: 27 February 2019     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.