Associate Professor-Senior Lecturer-Lecturer-Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Stellenbosch University, Department of Forest and Wood Science

Associate Professor/Senior Lecturer/Lecturer   (Ref. AW03/130/0418)


  • Undergraduate teaching in compliance with the general  focus of the Department, specifically in regard to Forest Engineering and related fields of timber harvesting, access development, logistics and ergonomics;
  • Supervision of and leadership to postgraduate students;
  • Developing and evaluating course material;
  • Sourcing and managing external research funds;
  • Conducting an active and productive research programme within the general focus of the Department, and publication of such research in relevant peer-reviewed and high-impact journals;
  • Developing national and international research and industry partnerships and networks;
  • Involvement with community interaction projects;

  • Involvement with administrative service delivery at departmental, Faculty and University level;
  • Interacting and working collaboratively with the South African and international forest and related industries.


  • PhD in Forestry or closely related field;
  • Continuous and recognised research publications commensurate with the level of appointment;
  • Demonstrated or proven ability to obtain and manage research funding;
  • Proven track record in undergraduate lecturing;
  • Proven track record of successful postgraduate supervision and leadership;
  • Demonstrated or proven ability in respect of programme development and renewal;
  • National and international recognition within the discipline;
  • Proven administrative and managerial skills;
  • Proven ability to work within multi-disciplinary teams and with the broader forest industry.


  • Proven leadership in departmental and faculty activities;
  • A keen interest in a research field that is a good fit within the Department’s research profile;
  • Strong background in modelling and operations research;
  • Focus on the analysis of processes and systems for the management and utilisation of forests, and underlying economics pertaining to timber and biomass;
  • Conversance with the application and use of new optimisation techinques related to forest operations and logistics;
  • Recognition within the field or discipline on a national and/or international level;
  • Relevant experience in industry-related, applied research;
  • Language proficiency for meeting the requirements of a multilingual university;
  • Proven leadership ability;
  • NRF rating or equivalent;
  • Relevant computer proficiency;
  • Sound interpersonal skills.

Commencement of duties: 1 January 2019

Closing date: 16 May 2018

Enquiries regarding this post: Prof. Pieter Gouws on 021 808 2609, or on [Email Disabled]

Enquiries regarding remuneration/benefits as well as technical assistance with the electronic application process:Human Resources Client Services Centre on 021 808 2753

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The University reserves the right not to make an appointment.

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