Senior Position in Department of Environmental Science, Grahamstown

Associate Professor/Professor/Senior Lecturer/ Lecturer in Department of Environmental Science

Rhodes University, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape 

R 766066

Professor/Associate Professor/Senior Lecturer / Lecturer in Department of Environmental Science (5 year contract)

Recognising that diversity is important in achieving excellence, Rhodes University especially encourages South African members of underrepresented designated groups to apply. Spouses and partners of existing staff members are also encouraged to apply.

Please note that this appointment will be made in line with the requirements of the Employment Equity Act of RSA and the University’s recruitment and selection policies and equity strategies. The initial focus will be on equity candidates.

In terms of Immigration Legislation (Act No. 13 of 2002 & Regulations), international staff members (non-SA citizens) have to comply with the provisions of the Act. This therefore means that the period of employment to non-SA citizens will be guided by the validity period of the work permit.  In line with legislation governing employment of foreign nationals, employment contracts will be offered on the basis that a development plan would be implemented for the transfer of skills to a South African resident. The onus is on candidates to ensure that they are in possession of a valid work permit before the commencement of employment at the University, failing which the employment with Rhodes University will be terminated.


The department is seeking a candidate with expertise related to the social science dimensions of social-ecological and environmental change and sustainability, with at least a PhD in Environmental Science, Environmental Studies or another cognate discipline.

Experience in at least one of the following sub-disciplinary areas is required: natural resource/biodiversity governance and management, land issues, livelihoods and rural development, values and environmental behaviour, and/or climate change governance. Knowledge of social-ecological system thinking and approaches will be beneficial.

Furthermore, the following teaching experience is required:

Professor: Extensive teaching experience at the undergraduate and post graduate levels required, including at Masters and PhD levels.

Associate Professor: Considerable teaching experience at the undergraduate and post graduate levels required, including Masters and PhD levels.

Senior Lecturer: Teaching experience at the undergraduate and post graduate levels.

Lecturer: Tutoring, facilitation or conference presentation experience required.

 Additional Requirements:

  • Please refer to the Academic Role Profile

For additional information on the requirements, please refer to the Academic Role Profile.

It is essential that prospective candidates read the role profile, further particulars relating to this post and ensure that all relevant documentation is submitted.

VERY IMPORTANT: The system DOES NOT allow for multiple attachments. This means that candidates should submit all the documentation as one attachment for each application i.e. An application form, a letter of motivation which clearly indicates the level they are applying for, a comprehensive CV and relevant qualifications including academic transcripts.

Failure to submit such documentation will result in an application not being considered. Please examine the following documents:

The selection process that will be followed for this post including dates of short-listing, the interview etc, is contained in the document above.  The Full Minimum Requirements against which candidates are to be measured are outlined in the requirements document.

Shortlisted candidates must be available to be interviewed on: TBC



Cost to company approximately:  R 766,066.00

Basic salary: R 598,696.00

Associate Professor:

Cost to company approximately:  R 655,495.00

Basic salary: R 509,279.00

Senior Lecturer:

Cost to company approximately:  R 554,884.00

Basic salary: R 427,917.00


Cost to company approximately:  R 463,914.00

Basic salary: R 354,351.00

All applications will be treated in strict confidence. The University reserves the right not to proceed with the filling of the post. An application in itself does not entitle the applicant to an interview.

 Closing Date:  12pm Monday, 27 February 2017

 If you are not contacted within 30 days from the closing date, please consider your application unsuccessful

Other Benefits: Medical Aid, Retirement Fund, Group Life, Funeral Benefit, Housing Allowance, 13th cheque

Ref: RU000041/LT

Vacancy Type: Permanent


To apply and for more information please follow link at the top!

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