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4581: Lecturer: Genetics

Job Summary
• Present under- and postgraduate modules in Genetics. • Plan and present the practical component of 2nd and 3rd year Genetics modules. • Perform high-level research in one of the department's research areas.

Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences

Department Genetics


Job ID: 4581

This post was previously advertised as Job ID 4288 and Job ID 4433. All applications received in response to the previous advertisement, will automatically be considered again. Previous applicants therefore do not need to reapply.

KINDLY TAKE NOTE: Applications may only be submitted online through the official UFS vacancy website: Applications submitted through any other platform will not be considered.

Please ensure that all relevant documentation is attached to your application. INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

  • A detailed curriculum vitae and cover letter;
  • Certified copies (not older than 6 months) of all academic records;
  • Certified copies (not older than 6 months) of qualifications (please provide the SAQA accreditation in the case of foreign qualifications);
  • A certified copy (not older than 6 months) of your identity document (ID);
  • Proof of registration with a Professional Body (if applicable);
  • A copy of your driver's license (if applicable).
  • A service record of your current employer / last employer.
Duties and responsibilities:
  • Present under- and postgraduate modules in Genetics.
  • Plan and present the practical component of 2nd and 3rd year Genetics modules.
  • Perform high-level research in one of the department's research areas.
  • Study guidance and research supervision of postgraduate students.
  • Contribute publications in accredited national and international academic journals.
  • Contribute toward general administrative duties in the department and curriculum development.
  • Participate in community service.
Inherent requirements:


  • A Master's degree on NQF level 9 in Genetics or closely-related field in the Biological Sciences.
  • Proven and extensive experience in the field of bioinformatics and big data handling.
  • Experience in lecturing at an undergraduate level.
  • Proven experience in the presentation of papers/posters at national scholarly conferences. Proven national recognition for specialist expertise and research in a specific area of scholarship.
  • Proven experience in the supervision of graduated masters' students.
  • A proven research record of relevant publications in accredited national and international journals.
  • Proven experience of service as an active member of a national or international scholarly society or committee or agency.
Required competencies:
  • Results Orientated.
    • The ability to set high standards, establish tough goals, and to work to achieve success.
    • The ability to be reliable, responsible, dependable and to fulfil obligations.
  • Strategic Thinking
    • The ability to deal with several activities at a time.
    • The ability to focus on details, work towards perfection, and approach work in a neat and organised manner.
  • Business acumen.
    • The ability to adhere to rules and strictly follow work regulations.
    • Proficient in using MS Office.
  • Leading
    • The ability to maintain high levels of personal motivation, energy and enthusiasm.
    • The ability to lead, take charge of situations, and offer opinions and directions to others.
  • Building coalitions.
    • The ability to be self-assured and at ease with people in all types of social situations.
    • The ability to be sensitive and understanding to the needs and feelings of others.
  • Preference will be given to candidates who specialize in Conservation / Evolutionary Genetics, but candidates with a specialization in Molecular Genetics, Molecular Systematics or Human Genetics and with a strong background in bioinformatics will also be considered.
  • A PhD or willingness to enrol for a PhD in Genetics or closely-related field in the Biological Sciences, if not already attained by the time of the appointment.
  • An NRF rating or demonstrate potential for obtaining an NRF rating.
  • Proven competency in Bash and Python/R scripting.
  • Experience in R programming.

Assumption of duties: As soon as possible

Closing date: 3 July 2022

Salary: The salary scale is available on request.

For enquiries, please feel free to contact 051 401 7267/7705/9848 or email

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.

The UFS is committed to the pursuit of excellence, diversity and redress in achieving its equity targets. Our Employment Equity Plan is available at For this post, we seek particularly to attract black (i.e. African, Coloured and Indian) and disabled South African candidates.

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 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.

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