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Lecturer : Human Genetics

Job Summary
Job: IRC78826
Department of Human Genetics in the School of Pathology

The Division of Human Genetics, School of Pathology. The School of Pathology is a joint entity between the University of the Witwatersrand and the NHLS. The Division of Human Genetics in the School of Pathology requires the services of a Lecturer to take responsibility for activities pertaining to the planning, administration, teaching and training of students in Human Genetics at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level. The incumbent would predominantly be involved in teaching and training of students enrolled in the MSc (Med) Genetic Counselling degree programme. The Division seeks a committed academic to make a dynamic contribution through active engagement with both academic (teaching and research), administrative and clinical tasks within the Division. This is a full-time, three year contract post.


  • MSc (Med) Genetic Counselling or MSc in Human Genetics

The following qualifications/skills would be advantageous:

  • HPCSA registration as a genetic counsellor
  • Experience in supervising at the postgraduate degree level Required Knowledge and Skills
  • In-depth, demonstrable knowledge of Human Genetics related to clinical genetics, genetic counselling, genetic research and testing
  • Teaching experience
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Efficient management and mentoring skills Responsibilities

The incumbent will be tasked with the following major responsibilities:

  • Postgraduate teaching: The individual will predominantly be involved in teaching and training students enrolled in the MSc (Med) Genetic Counselling course but will also be expected to participate in teaching of Medical Genetics registrars and BHSc Honours in Human Genetics students. Setting and marking of exams, assignments and research reports will also be required.
  • Undergraduate teaching: MBBCh (GEMP). Involvement in teaching of the specific blocks/theme sessions/lectures assigned to Human Genetics for the GEMP programme.
  • Research: Maintaining an active research profile within the Division. Initiation of and participation in specific research projects. Publication of research in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Clinical Section administration: Aiding in the general administration of the Genetic Clinics of the Division as well as patient administration. Active involvement in academic citizenship. Participation in School/Faculty committees. Participation in other Division/School/Faculty activities as requested.

For more information (not to submit an application), contact: Shelley Macaulay (Genetic Counselling Manager) Email: shelley.macaulay@wits.ac.za / shelley.macaulay@nhls.ac.za Phone: 011 489-9223 / 011 489-9243

How To Apply

Closing Date: 14 January 2019

How to Apply: To apply, please submit a covering letter, copies of your qualifications, a detailed CV with names, addresses, contact numbers and e-mail addresses of 3 referees via i-Recruitment https://irec.wits.ac.za. Only applications via the website will be considered for shortlisting. 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 and to verify all information provided by candidates. Please note that only online applications will be considered for shortlisting, and correspondence will only be entered into with shortlisted candidates. The University reserves the right not to make an appointment or to re-advertise.

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