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5766: Lecturer (in Organic Chemistry or a related field) (Contract appointment: 3 years)

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KINDLY TAKE NOTE: Applications may only be submitted online through the official UFS vacancy website: https://ufs.hua.hrsmart.com/hr/ats/JobSearch/viewAll - Applications submitted through any other platform will not be considered.

Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences

Department of Chemistry

Bloemfontein Campus

Lecturer (Contract appointment: 3 years)

Job ID: 5766

KINDLY TAKE NOTE: Applications may only be submitted online through the official UFS vacancy website: https://ufs.hua.hrsmart.com/hr/ats/JobSearch/viewAll - Applications submitted through any other platform will not be considered.

Please ensure that all relevant documentation is attached to your application.
  • A detailed curriculum vitae and cover letter.
  • Copies of qualifications (please provide the SAQA accreditation in the case of foreign qualifications).
  • Copies of all academic records (applicable where inherently required).
  • A copy of your identity document (ID or passport in the case of foreign nationals).
  • Proof of registration with a Professional Body (if applicable).
  • A copy of your driver's license (if applicable).
  • Confirmation of employment from current employer / last employer if unemployed (only applicable to external applicants).
Duties and responsibilities:
  • Provide support in the Small Molecule Laboratory aimed at generating external income for the UFS.
  • Contribute to the safety of the laboratory.
  • Responsible for the synthesis of muscimol and other contract molecules.
  • Develop scale-up methods for active pharmacological ingredients.
  • Demonstrated research on nucleoside and carbohydrate chemistry.
  • Optimize chemical processes.
  • Conduct research and support post graduate students with supervision when required.
  • Develop own research and publication outputs.
Inherent requirements:


  • A PhD in Organic Chemistry or a related field on NQF Level 10.
  • A minimum of two (2) years' relevant experience in the design and synthesis of new anticancer and antiviral compounds.
  • Proven experience in the delivery of poster or oral presentations at conferences or equivalent activities.
  • Evidence of manuscripts produced that have the potential to be converted or submitted for publication in accredited journals.
  • A good academic record.
  • Three (3) years' relevant experience in Organic Chemistry Synthesis.
Required competencies:
  • Results oriented:
    • The ability to cope with a frequently changing environment and to adapt to evolving situations.
    • The ability to stick with tasks, not give up, and overcome obstacles in completing one's task.
  • Strategic thinking:
    • The ability to deal with several activities at a time.
    • The ability to be creative and open-minded when addressing work issues.
  • Business Acumen:
    • The ability to adhere to rules and strictly follow work regulations.
    • Proficient in using MS Office.
    • Knowledge of the synthesis of muscimol.
  • Leading:
    • The ability to maintain high levels of personal motivation, energy and enthusiasm.
    • The ability to lead, take charge of I situations, and offer opinions and directions to others.
  • Building coalitions:
    • The ability to be sensitive and understanding to the needs and feelings of others.
    • The ability to be self-assured and at ease with people in all types of social situations.

Assumption of duties: 1 July 2024 or as soon as possible.

Closing date: 16 June 2024.

Salary: The salary is available on request.

Fringe benefits:
(Subject to specific conditions): pension scheme, medical aid scheme, group life insurance, housing allowance, leave and sick leave, service bonus and study benefits.

For enquiries, please feel free to contact me at 051 401 9813 or email at PhokaR@ufs.ac.za or Recruit@ufs.ac.za. Additionally, kindly contact 051 401 9848/ 9810/ 9814/ 7659 for assistance.

The UFS is a designated employer and is committed to the pursuit of excellence, diversity, and redress in achieving its equity targets in accordance with the Employment Equity Plan of the University and its Employment Equity goals and targets. Preference will be given to candidates from the under-represented designated groups including candidates with disabilities. Our Employment Equity Policy is available at: https://ufsacza.sharepoint.com/:b:/s/supportservices/hr/Eb1LIzW56EJOuARhSVuD8f4BUblg9XZTkrPOUS3lRg1hYg?e=Ev4Zb5EEA13_EE Plan UFS 1 March 2022 (003).pdf

The University processes personal information in line with its obligations under the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) and any personal information provided to the University will be treated as confidential and processed in accordance with the rights provided to data subjects under POPIA.

The University reserves the right not to fill the post. The UFS will only consider applications of candidates who meet all the inherent requirements of the position. Applications that are incomplete will not be considered. Communication will be limited to shortlisted candidates only. Should you not be contacted within six weeks of the closing date for applications, you may assume that your application was unsuccessful.

Application Link: https://ufs.hua.hrsmart.com/hr/ats/Posting/view/1460

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