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Head of School : School of Physics

Job Summary
The Faculty of Science invites applications for the Headship of the School of Physics at the University of Witwatersrand.
Job: IRC79088

The School of Physics, the largest in the country, amongst other engages in internationally competitive research within very diverse fields, some emerging and some established, including theoretical and experimental high energy physics, experimental solid state physics, nuclear science, renewable energy research, materials physics, condensed matter physics, nuclear physics, astronomy, astrophysics and astro-particle physics, high-throughput electronics, photonics, space propulsion, and physics education. The School hosts several DST-NRF Chairs, is home to the Collider Particle Physics and Materials Physics Research Institutes with significant experimental infrastructure, the Mandelstam Institute for Theoretical Physics, plays an important role in the Centre of Excellence in Strong Materials, and hosts the Gauteng node of the National Institute for Theoretical Physics. In addition, the School has an active teaching programme that reaches over 3000 students annually and an outreach programme that includes management of a Planetarium. FOR MORE INFORMATION SEE: https://www.wits.ac.za/physics/

The Head of School is expected to provide academic vision and leadership as well as managerial coordination for different units and programmes required to maintain and build on the School's position of excellence. S/he will have attained sufficient academic and/or professional standing to command the respect and confidence of the members of the School and will possess high-level managerial skills. The headship will involve the overall management of the School, namely co-ordinating the teaching, research and administrative activities; planning and promotion of academic activities in the wider community; human resources recruitment and management; financial and infrastructure resource management. The successful candidate will be appointed as Head of School for a fixed term of five years (with a possibility of a second term), and will have a place in the School as a member of the academic staff after the period served as Head of School. Teaching of courses during the term of office is encouraged, and the Head must continue with his/her research activities.


An appropriate PhD and administration experience preferably within a University is required.


An attractive and competitive salary package will be negotiated on an individual basis.

ENQUIRIES: Mr Yoosuf Hassim, tel: (011) 717 1434 or e-mail: yoosuf.hassim@wits.ac.za.

How To Apply

TO APPLY: Submit a covering letter, a detailed CV with names, addresses and contact details of 3 referees and certified copies of degrees/diplomas, and a statement of accomplished research and future research plans. External applicants are invited to apply by registering their profile on the Wits i-Recruitment platform located at https://irec.wits.ac.za and submitting applications. Internal employees are invited to apply directly on Oracle by following the path: iWits /Self Service application/"Apply for a job.

CLOSING DATE: 12 March 2019

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 plan and policies of the University. The University retains the right not to make an appointment and to verify all information provided by the candidate

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