Mar 02, 2021

Associate Professor/ Professor – Economic Geology

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

Job Description

Job ID: 3731

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:

• Teach and assess undergraduate and postgraduate geology modules mainly economic geology and mineral exploration but also other modules as required.
• Provide study leadership at postgraduate level mainly in economic geology, mineral exploration and related disciplines.
• Organize and lead field trips mainly for undergraduate and post graduate students.
• Recruit and supervise master's and PhD students.
• Initiate research projects and apply for research funding from academic and industrial grant providers and forge linkage with the industry. Focus research interests should be related to mineral systems and mineral resources, economic geology/ mineral exploration, geochemistry, geo-environmental studies.
• Publish research in accredited journals.
• Participate in community projects and engagements.
• Mentor junior staff.
• Perform general administration duties as applicable at university level and those related to academic leadership.

Inherent requirements:

Associate Professor:
• A PhD on NQF level 10 in Geology, Economic Geology, Exploration Geochemistry, or related geological disciplines.
• 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 in mineral systems mineral resources, economic geology and geochemistry as well as the application of spatial mathematical /statistical modelling and remote sensing.
• 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.

• A PhD on NQF level 10 in Geology, Economic Geology, Exploration Geochemistry, or related geological disciplines.
• Experience as external examiner for masters’ and doctoral students.
• Act as editorial board member of high-quality international/ISI/IBSS journals.
• Proven international recognition for specialist expertise and research leadership in mineral systems mineral resources, economic geology and geochemistry as well as the application of spatial mathematical /statistical modelling and remote sensing (e.g. regularly serves as a reviewer for international/ISI/IBSS journals).
• An NRF rating of C1 or C2 or equivalent status.
• Demonstrated successful supervision of graduated master's and preferably graduated doctoral students.
• Proven experience in delivering keynote addresses at national scholarly conferences.
• Serve as a member of an international scholarly society OR an international committee or agency concerned with research at higher education levels.


• Experience in the application of GIS and earth observation such as remote sensing to understand earth and mineral systems for economic geology and mineral exploration.
• Knowledge of the South African geology and mineral systems and that of the region is added advantage.
• Teaching experience at tertiary institution level as well in the development of course and materials and academic development initiatives.
• Supervision experience.
• Recognition as reviewer or as editorial board member of national and /or international journals.

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.
- 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.
- The ability to plan work and to follow plans.
- 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:
- 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.
- 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 be sensitive and understanding to the needs and feelings of others.
- The ability to interact with others and establish personal connections with people.
- The ability to make decisions through consultation, collaboration, and working with close supervision.

Assumption of duties:

As soon as possible.


The salary scale is available on request.


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. 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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