CPUT is Hiring a Director of F’SATI & ASIC


The Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) is recruiting a Director to head the French South African Institute of Technology (F’SATI) and African Space Innovation Centre (ASIC).


The successful candidate will contribute to the development and implementation of the entities strategy through:

  • Strategic and operational leadership in the development and management of the entities within the strategic frameworks of Government, the University and the F’SATI Board, and in line with the objectives and priorities of the institution;
  • Responsible for the strategic operational and financial sustainability of both F’SATI and ASIC;
  • Ensure the growth of the entities within South Africa, SADEC, Africa and Globally;
  • Development of strategic collaborative partnerships, both locally and internationally, to expand the capabilities of the centre and its opportunities;
  • Create synergies within the Higher Education, Government and relevant industry sectors to create innovative space-based solutions to societal needs for the sustainable socio-economic development of Africa;
  • Development and transfer knowledge by creating intellectual property; and 
  • Lecture on Masters in Satellite programme.

Furthermore, the incumbent will be expected to operate at the Professorial level to:

  • Develop and lead research and innovation in F’SATI/ASIC;
  • Successful recruitment and supervision of postgraduate students;
  • Strengthen collaborations and successful research external funding;
  • Contribute to teaching & learning, research & innovation, and community engagement;
  • Incorporate research outcomes into the academic project; and 
  • Lecture on Masters in Satellite programme.
Minimum Requirements
  • Doctoral degree in Engineering (Electrical/Electronics/Computer/related). 
  • At least six years experience in a leadership and management capacity (Institute/Centre/Department) in the higher education sector or leadership and management in a relevant industry or a combination of the two;
  • Successful supervision of Masters and Doctoral students;
  • A track record of accredited and peer-reviewed publications;
  • Successful track record of external national and international funding;
  • Recognised as a global leader in research and innovation.;
  • Substantive knowledge of and experience of the Space Industry in South Africa;
  • A track record of having successfully written, negotiated and concluded funding proposals;
  • Experience in reporting to external funders; and
  • Established contacts within the Space industry and in associated government and non-governmental organisations.

The selection panel’s recommendation and assessment will be aligned with the institution’s promotion criteria for the Professorial level and reserves the right to appoint at the Associate Professorial level. Also, the incumbent will be expected to be NRF rated or become rated within a reasonable period of up to three years after appointment.

  • Exposure to the African Space industry and the international space industry
  • Experience in the development of training and education programmes.
Additional information

Interested candidates should log in here and submit their applications before 20 February 2022.

NB: Please note that this system does not allow applicants to upload CVs. It is thus important that applicants complete all sections comprehensively as failure to do so might put them at a disadvantage. In addition, kindly update your application on the system with the latest information, as this will be the only criteria used for evaluating your application by the University’s panel.

The Cape Peninsula University of Technology is committed to Employment Equity and aims to attract and retain talented individuals to achieve its equity objectives. To this end, people from the designated groups, including those with disabilities, are encouraged to apply. Similarly, applicants whose appointment contributes to achieving demographic representation will be given preference. Lastly, CPUT reserves the right not to make an appointment.

For more information about the job opening, kindly refer to CPUT’s website.

For enquiries and assistance, please contact;

Ms Yandiswa Vuwani 

Human Capital Department  

Tel – (021) 959 4384.

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