Faculty of Science
Department of Earth Sciences

Junior Lecturer: Department of Earth Sciences

Ref. NW05/081/0424

Kindly note that only South African citizens from the designated groups will be considered for the position.

The Department of Earth Sciences is a small research-active department in the Faculty of Science at Stellenbosch University (SU). The Department employs ten full-time academic staff members and is responsible for teaching and research in the fields of geology and environmental geochemistry. We have, at any stage, 50 to 70 postgraduate students at honours, master’s and doctoral level.

The Department teaches a full undergraduate and postgraduate programme to earth sciences students and offers service modules to other departments at SU. Our graduate students find employment in the minerals industry and environmental sector, both in South Africa and abroad. The position will complement the current teaching and research of the Department. Further information on the 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

This position is part of the New Generation of Academics Programme (nGAP) initiative of the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), who funds the position (http://www.dhet.gov.za/ssauf/ngap.html). The incumbent will benefit from a reduced workload in the first three to four years. The additional time available must be dedicated towards completing a PhD related to one of the Department’s research areas.


  • Actively researching and publishing in at least one of the Department’s research areas;
  • Contributing to the Department’s ties with academic and industry partners;
  • Contributing to the supervision of postgraduate students, including planning of field work;
  • Teaching undergraduate modules in earth sciences;
  • Teach postgraduate modules in at least one of the department’s research areas.
  • Contributing to administrative and departmental tasks as required.


  • MSc in earth sciences or a related discipline;
  • Evidence of aptitude for research in at least one of the Department’s abovementioned research areas;
  • A good academic record in own undergraduate and postgraduate studies;
  • Experience as a tutor or teaching assistant for an undergraduate module;
  • Good communication skills in English.


  • PhD in progress, focusing on one of the research areas of the Department;
  • Teaching experience in an undergraduate module in earth sciences.

Commencement of duties: 01 July 2024

Closing date: 08 May 2024

Enquiries regarding this post: Prof S Fietz, Head of Departement, on 021 808 3117, or at sfietz@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, or at sun-e-hr@sun.ac.za

Stellenbosch University is committed to employment equity (EE). In accordance with the institutional EE Plan of the University and that of the specific environment, only South African citizens from the designated groups will be considered for appointment.

Stellenbosch University reserves the right not to make an appointment.

Your application, comprising a comprehensive curriculum vitae (including the names and email addresses of at least three referees), must reach the University before or on the closing date of the advertised post.


The University reserves the right to investigate qualifications and conduct background checks on all candidates.

The Occupational Health and Safety Act requires people in occupations that entail potential exposure to certain hazards (such as, but not limited to: noise, hazardous chemical substances and hazardous biological agents) to be subjected to medical screening, to determine their fitness to work in the said occupations.

Should no feedback be received from the University within four to six weeks of the closing date, kindly accept that your application did not succeed.

posted: 17 April 2024     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.