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Mar 02, 2021

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/ Associate Professor – Agronomy

  • University of Free State
  • Bloemfontein, South Africa
Full time Education

Job Description

Job ID: 3744

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 OR APPLICATIONS SENT VIA EMAIL WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.
• a detailed curriculum vitae and cover letter (please note that the first three (3) referees on your CV will be contacted with regard to reference checking);
• 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).

Duties and responsibilities:

• Contribute actively to and further advancing the teaching and research agenda of the agronomy section, which plays a central role in the agricultural cluster at UFS
• Teach undergraduate modules in the field of agronomy and supervise research activities conducted by MSc and PhD students
• Function as an independent Researcher, set up and carry out research activities that lead to relevant scientific outputs and contribute to the wider goals of improving agricultural sustainability and food security in South Africa and beyond.
• Engage with a diversity of stakeholders, including academic collaborators, funding agencies, the industry and government.
• Perform general administration duties as applicable at university level

Inherent requirements:

Lecturer:
• A Master's degree on NQF level 9 in Crop Production or a closely related field
• Proven experience in the delivery of poster or oral presentations at conferences or equivalent activities.
• Provide evidence of manuscripts produced that have the potential to be converted or submitted for publication in accredited journals.
• A good academic record.

Senior Lecturer:
• A PhD on NQF level 10 in Crop Production or a closely related field
• Proven experience in the presentation of paper/posters at national scholarly conferences.
• Proven national recognition for specialist expertise and research in a specific area of scholarship.
• An NRF rating or demonstrate potential for obtaining an NRF rating.
• Proven experience in the supervision of graduated master’s students.
• A proven research record of relevant publications in national and international accredited journals.
• Proven experience of service as an active member of a national or international scholarly society or committee or agency concerned with research at higher education levels.

Associate Professor:
• A PhD on NQF level 10 in Crop Production or a closely related field
• Proven experience in the presentation of paper/posters at national scholarly conferences.
• Act as an editorial board member of high-quality national scholarly journals.
• Proven national recognition for specialist expertise and research leadership in a specific scientific area of scholarship.
• An NRF rating of C3 or equivalent status.
• Proven experience in the supervision of graduated master’s students.
• A proven research record of relevant publications in national and international accredited journals.
• Serve as a member of a national scholarly society OR a national committee or agency concerned with research at higher education levels, OR show evidence of service as an active member of an international equivalent.

Recommendations:

• International experience will serve as an advantage.
• In-depth knowledge of the South African agricultural sector, as well as a network of contacts within the sector are also an advantage.
• Expertise, underpinned by a credible track record of scientific publications in internationally recognized journals, in one or more of the following fields:
- weed control;
- crop nutrition;
- conservation tillage;
- cropping systems;
- plant/water relationships.
• Broad set of research skills (setting up experiments, data collection and analysis, dissemination of research results, etc.), and a flexible mindset to take advantage of the diverse opportunities for agronomic research arising.
• Ability to attract research funding.
• Ability to connect with students and have experience with lecturing and the supervision of M.Sc. and PhD students. Good verbal and written communication skills are thus important.

Required competencies:

• Results oriented:
- 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.
- The ability to stick with tasks, not give up, and overcome obstacles in completing one’s task.

• 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.
- The ability to be creative and open-minded when addressing work issues.
- The ability to carefully analyse information and use logic to address issues and problems at work.

• Business acumen:
- Proficient in using MS Office.

• 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 be self-assured and at ease with people in all types of social situations.
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Assumption of duties: 01 July 2021.

Salary:

The salary scale is available on request.

Enquiries:

For enquiries, please feel free to contact 051 401 7705 /7267 /9848 /9003 or email Recruit@ufs.ac.za

General:

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 https://ufsacza.sharepoint.com/sites/supportservices/hr/Resources/Employment%20Equity%20Plan_July2017.pdf. For this post, we seek particularly to attract black (i.e. African, Coloured and Indian) and disabled South African candidates.

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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