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Associate Professor : Centre for Sustainable Agriculture, Rural Development and Extension

Job Summary
contract appointment: 5 years
Job ID: 3024

*NB! Applications may only be submitted online. Please ensure that all relevant documentation is attached to your application. INCOMPLETE OR APPLICATIONS SENT VIA EMAIL WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. Please note: Compile/Convert all the below documents as one document (PDF or Word), when uploading it on the online applications system.

  • A detailed curriculum vitae and cover letter (please note that the first three (3) referees on your CV will be contacted with regard to reference checking);
  • Certified copies (not older than 3 months) of all academic records;
  • Certified copies (not older than 3 months) of qualifications (please provide the SAQA accreditation in the case of foreign qualifications);
  • A certified copy (not older than 3 months) of your identity document (ID);
  • Proof of registration with a Professional Body (if applicable);
  • A copy of your driver’s license (if applicable).

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Provide formal teaching for undergraduate and postgraduate students.
  • Develop and design curriculum in Agriculture and related field of study at the Qwaqwa campus.
  • Initiate funded collaboration with national and international institutions in Science, Agriculture and Innovation.
  • Invite and host international Researchers for improved student empowerment and throughput.
  • Identify opportunities and apply for substantial grants for new research projects (individual and /or collaborative).
  • Ensure extensive involvement in research activities and publication in high-impact journals.
  • Supervise postgraduate students and or assist in supervision with postdoctoral fellows.
  • Facilitate linkages between the Centre for Sustainable Agriculture with Government, Science Councils, NGOs and NPOs for policy engagement.
  • Speak proactively at conferences and seminars in order to enhance research and discipline knowledge.
  • Perform general administration duties as applicable at university level.

Inherent requirements:

  • Ph.D. (NQF level 10) in the field of Agriculture.
  • An NRF rating of at least C3 or equivalent status.
  • A proven research record of relevant publications in national and international accredited journals.
  • Proven experience in supervision at Masters’ and Doctoral level.
  • Experience as external examiner for postgraduate (at least MSc or PhD level) students.
  • Proven national recognition for specialist expertise and research in a specific area of scholarship.
  • Editorial board member or guest editor of high-quality national or international scholarly journals.
  • Serve as a member of a national scholarly society OR a national committee or agency concerned with research at high education levels, OR show evidence of service as an active member of an international equivalent.

Required competencies:

  • Good interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to function with ease in the University’s richly diverse working environment.
  • Ability to function independently, as well as in a team environment.
  • Ability to organise workload and to perform under pressure.
  • Computer Literacy.
  • Business acumen.
  • Result orientated.
  • Strategic thinking.
  • Building coalitions.
  • Leading.


  • In-depth knowledge and experience on the roles of Centres in Higher Education.
  • Minimum of ten years' working experience in the Higher Education environment.
  • Proven knowledge and experience in both Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methodologies at postgraduate level.
  • Extensive experience especially within the field of Agriculture - industry, Smallholder Farming Sector and Government.
  • Experience in managing large research projects.
  • A good/successful research fundraising track record.
  • Evidence of sourcing external research funding.

Assumption of duties: 01 October 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter

Closing date: 20 September 2019.

Salary: The salary scale is available on request.

Enquiries: For enquiries, please feel free to contact 051 401 7705/7267 or email Recruit@ufs.ac.za

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.

The University reserves the right not to fill the post. The University subscribes to and applies the principles prescribed by the Employment Equity Act. Preference will be given to candidates from the designated groups, in accordance with the principles of the aforementioned act and the employee profile of the specific department/division.

Applications that are incomplete will not be considered. The UFS will only consider applications of candidates who meet all the inherent requirements of the position. 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.

External candidates can click HERE to apply online.
UFS staff members can log onto PeopleSoft, click Self Service, Recruiting, and Careers to apply online.

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