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 / Senior Lecturer 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 excellent communication and networking skills that focuses on achieving research and education targets, and provides 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 commensurate with level of appointment;
  • Participation in Departmental academic governance and curriculum development;
  • Development of sustainable research and innovation programmes in Hydrogeology and groundwater related topics;
  • Planning and supervising undergraduate and postgraduate field work and administration of modules;
  • Undergraduate and 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 for appointment at Associate Professor level:

  • PhD in Hydrogeology or closely related field;
  • Demonstrated in-depth knowledge of modern methods in hydrogeology, including field- and laboratory based geohydrology, groundwater exploration and/or groundwater numerical modelling;
  • Proven teaching experience in hydrogeology at undergraduate and postgraduate level commensurate with level of appointment;
  • A proven record of successful postgraduate research supervision, including PhD level;
  • A proven track record of securing research funding from external sources;
  • Evidence of working in multidisciplinary research projects and active collaboration;
  • A track record of high-quality hydrogeology related publications in international peer-reviewed, accredited journals commensurate with level of appointment;
  • Experience in departmental academic governance and curriculum development;
  • Proven verbal and written communication skills in English.

Minimum Requirements for appointment at Senior Lecturer level:

  • PhD in Hydrogeology or closely related field;
  • Demonstrated advanced knowledge of modern methods in hydrogeology, including field- and laboratory based geohydrology, groundwater exploration and/or groundwater numerical modelling;
  • Proven teaching experience in hydrogeology at undergraduate and postgraduate level commensurate with level of appointment;
  • A proven record of successful postgraduate research supervision;
  • Proven record of securing research funding from external sources;
  • Evidence of working in multidisciplinary research projects and active collaboration;
  • A track record of high-quality hydrogeology related publications in international peer-reviewed, accredited journals commensurate with level of appointment;
  • Experience in departmental academic governance and curriculum development would be an advantage;
  • Proven verbal and written communication skills in English.

Recommendations:

  • 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 geochemical and/or geophysical methods.
  • Potential research collaborations with the current Earth Sciences staff members.

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 and highest qualification to your online profile. To be considered for this vacancy, you must click on the Apply for this Job link below or apply directly via UWC Careers at https://uwc.hua.hrsmart.com/hr/ats/JobSearch/viewAll. For any queries, please contact the Human Resources Department at +27 21 959 4063/9763/9708/3551/3756.

Closing date for applications: 31. March 2020

Enquiries regarding this post: Prof Dirk Frei, Head of Department, at +27 21 959 3881 or at dfrei@uwc.ac.za

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

Apply online at: https://uwc.hua.hrsmart.com/hr/ats/Posting/view/880

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: 12 March 2020     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.