The Department Of Physics Of The University Of Johannesburg Calls For A Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor In Astronomy/Astrophysics


The Department of Physics of the University of Johannesburg (UJ) calls for a Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor with an outstanding research track record in astronomy and/or astrophysics.

The University of Johannesburg (UJ) is a vibrant and cosmopolitan university, striving towards global excellence and stature. Ranked amongst the top 4% in the QS World-Class Universities Ranking and 61st in the QS BRICS World-Class Universities Ranking. As a University, UJ aims to enrich its academic profile and develop UJ as the pan-African epicentre of critical intellectual inquiry.

The department research interests cover:

  • experimental condensed matter physics (magnetism, electronic structure, and high-pressure physics),
  • theoretical nuclear physics and particle physics,
  • physics education, and
  • astronomy and astrophysics.


This is a senior academic position (Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor). The successful candidate shall be required to:

  • Establish a new sub-field of research or significantly contribute to the research in the department’s strategic research area in astronomy and/or astrophysics.
  • Annually publish peer-reviewed papers in accredited scientific academic journals and deliver papers at national and international conferences, commensurate with the level of appointment.
  • Actively recruit and supervise BSc Honours, Masters and Doctoral students.
  • Obtain research funding from external funding bodies.
  • Lecture modules and manage courses at both undergraduate and Honours levels, among others.
  • Perform administrative and other ad hoc duties as required.

Minimum Requirements:

  • A Doctoral degree in physics/astronomy/astrophysics.
  • Prior experience in lecturing physics and astronomy or astrophysics and managing courses at the university level (for Associate Professor level post only).
  • An established track record of publishing academic papers in accredited scientific journals commensurate with the level of appointment.
  • Completed supervision of postgraduate students.
  • Have active national and/or international research collaborations.
  • Have a track record of having successfully applied for external research funding.


Candidates must:

  • Have an NRF rating.
  • Have regular publications in high-impact international journals.
  • Provide evidence of being able to teach large classes effectively.
  • Experience in course development and in working with underprepared students.
  • Evidence of work contributions beyond the call of duty both within their work unit as well as in the broader community.
  • A research interest and track record that synergises with the astrophysical research presently being carried out in the department.

The application must comprise of a detailed Curriculum Vitae, as well as the names and full contact details (including telephone numbers and e-mail addresses) of at least three traceable and credible referees, must be uploaded before or on the closing date of the advertised post.  Please also attach the following: a copy of your highest academic qualification, proof of registration with professional bodies you might belong to and if applying for an academic position, a list of accredited research output and/ or a portfolio of your creative output.

Candidates should indicate for which rank you are applying, and whether you are willing to be considered for appointment at a lower rank.

For further inquiries, contact Prof. Emanuela Carleschi (Head: Physics Department, APK campus), Tel. 011-559-4004, email:

Deadline: 03 November 2019

Commencement of duties:  01 January 2020

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