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Lecturer: French (Job ID: 5762)

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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 the Humanities

Department Afrikaans, Dutch, German and French

Bloemfontein Campus

Lecturer: French (Job ID: 5762)

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:
  • Teach undergraduate and postgraduate modules in French (namely French & Francophone language/culture and literature).
  • Provide study-guidance and assess student work.
  • Conduct and supervise research and produce quality research outputs.
  • Contribute to curriculum development in the section and faculty.
  • Willingness to participate in community engagement (e.g. involvement in the DELF-DALF exams at levels A1 to C2).
  • Contribute towards academic management and administrative tasks related to the department and faculty.
Inherent requirements:


  • A PhD on NQF Level 10 in French language or literature (for a permanent appointment)
    Master's degree on NQF Level 9 in French language or literature (contract appointment: five years during which a PhD on NQF Level 10 in French language or literature MUST be obtained to be converted to a permanent position).
  • Proven experience in the delivery of papers and presentations at conferences or equivalent activities.
  • Proven publication in accredited scientific journals.
  • A good academic record.
  • Excellent verbal and written language skills in French (minimum C1/C2 or native-like competency).
  • Complete professional command of English.
  • Knowledge of Afrikaans, Sesotho, or isiZulu.
Required competencies:
  • Results orientated:
    • The ability to set high standards, establish tough goals, and to work to achieve success.
    • The ability to cope with a frequently changing environment and to adapt to evolving 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.
    • 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.

Assumption of duties: 02 January 2025

Closing date: 30 June 2024

Salary: The salary is available on request.

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.

For enquiries, please feel free to contact 051 401 7659 or email or Additionally, kindly contact 051 401 9857/ 9810/9813 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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