Senior Lecturer / Associate Professor (Structural Geology, Tectonics)
in the School of Geosciences, University of the Witwatersrand

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 as soon as possible. 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 DST/NRF Centre of Excellence in Integrated Mineral and Energy Resource Analysis (CIMERA) and the international AfricaArray Geophysics Programme. In the past 5 years it has significantly expanded its research facilities in microbeam analysis (Cameca SX5 FE EPMA, LA-ICP-MS, and TIMA), geohydrology and isotope analysis (including a state-of-the-art metal-free, ultraclean isotope laboratory).

The School seeks to appoint a candidate who will complement its existing research strengths and applied geology teaching focus. Preference will be given to candidates with a proven expertise in structural geology and/or tectonics, and how these relate to ore deposits, geodynamics, geophysical modelling, mine related seismicity, present and past climate science, environmental sustainability, and/o water resources. 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 structural geology, ore deposit modelling and geodynamics 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
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Industry experience and 3D modelling experience would be an advantage

The post is available at Senior Lecturer or Associate Professor level; the appointment at 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:

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 and submitting applications. Internal applicants are invited to apply directly on Oracle by following the path: iWits /Self Service Applications/"Apply for a job".

Closing Date: 31 March 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 reserves the right not to make an appointment and continue searching after the closing date and only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

"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: 04 March 2021     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.