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Lecturer: Agricultural Economics (Job ID: 5761)

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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.

Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences

Department of Agricultural Economics

Bloemfontein Campus

Lecturer (Job ID: 5761)

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.

  • 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:
  • Present undergraduate and postgraduate modules in Agricultural Economics.
  • Contribute to research projects and initiatives focused on strengthening the grain and oilseed industry.
  • Represent the university in industry forums, conferences, and networking events, promoting partnerships and advocating for the importance of grain-focused education and research.
  • Synthesize knowledge through the publication of scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Source funding for research from international national funding organizations.
  • Develop and implement initiatives to enhance the practical relevance of academic programs, integrating industry best practices and real-world experiences.
  • Provide assistance and mentorship to students, faculty, and staff engaged in agricultural programs and research related to grain and oilseed production.
Inherent requirements:


  • A PhD in Agricultural Economics or related discipline on NQF Level 10 (for a permanent appointment)
    Master's degree in Agricultural Economics or related discipline on NQF Level 9 (contract appointment: five years during which a PhD in Agricultural Economics or related discipline on NQF Level 10 MUST be obtained to be converted to a permanent position).
  • 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.
  • Minimum of 5 years professional experience in the agricultural sector, with a focus on the grain and oilseed industry.
  • Demonstrated track record of successful collaboration with stakeholders in the grain and oilseed industry, academia, and/or research institutions.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of trends, challenges, and opportunities within the grain and oilseed industry, including market dynamics etc.
  • Proven ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships with industry stakeholders, fostering collaboration and knowledge exchange.
  • Ability to translate industry insights and practical experience into academic programs and research projects, enriching the learning environment.
  • Proven record of published popular articles, radio/tv interviews, and/or presentations related to the grain and oilseed industry.
Required competencies:
  • Results oriented:
    • The ability to cope with a frequently changing environment and to adapt to evolving situations.
    • The ability to be reliable, responsible, dependable and to fulfil obligations.
    • The ability to maintain composure and self-control.
    • The ability to deal calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • 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.
    • Knowledge of Point-of-Sale System will be an advantage.
  • Leading:
    • The ability to maintain high levels of personal motivation, energy and enthusiasm.
    • The ability to be cooperative with others, display a good-natured attitude and encourage people to work together.
  • Building coalitions:
    • The ability to negotiate, sell, influence and to persuade others.
    • The ability to be self-assured and at ease with people in all types of social situations.
    • The ability to interact with others and establish personal connections with people.

Assumption of duties: As soon as possible.

Closing date: 7 February 2024.

The annual remuneration package, including benefits is: R211 391.43 – R354 408.50 per annum depending on the budget available for the position, relevant work experience and qualifications.

For enquiries, please feel free to contact 051 401 7659 or email or Additionally, kindly contact 051 401 9848/ 9813/ 9810/ 9814/ 2979 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: 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.

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