Senior Lecturer / Lecturer: Department of Horticultural Science

Western Cape, Full Time Deadline: Not specified


To expand the current focus and activity within the Department, we are looking for an academic who is interested in exploring the research areas of subtropical fruit and nut crops with a special focus on the pre- and post-harvest horticulture of avocado and macadamia. The main duties of the incumbent will include:
Undergraduate teaching and postgraduate supervision in horticultural science, with the specific focus on subtropical crops within a Southern African context;
Involvement in continuous undergraduate curriculum development to ensure relevance, as well as in the departmental development of short courses;
Driving and supporting research programmes in fundamental and applied pre- and postharvest subtropical horticulture;
Providing academic guidance to postgraduate students;
As part of a team, managing a research programme in collaboration and extension of existing programmes within the Department of Horticultural Science and the greater Faculty of AgriSciences;
Sourcing and obtaining external research funds and effectively managing research programmes;
Developing national and international research and industry partnerships and networks;
Rendering a service to the Department, Faculty and University, as well as to relevant industries and communities.

Job Requirements/Pos Vereistes

PhD in Horticultural Science;
Knowledge of avocado and macadamia cultivation within South Africa;
Demonstrated research experience in horticultural tree crops, with a focus on subtropical fruits and nuts;
Proven teaching experience of an ability and willingness to participate in an active teaching programme;
Proven experience in industry-focused, applied research aligned to subtropical fruit and nuts;
The ability and proficiency to obtain external research funding commensurate with the level of appointment;
Peer-reviewed scientific publications commensurate with the level of appointment;
Postgraduate student supervision commensurate with the level of appointment;
The ability and willingness to work within a team context;
The ability to function within a multilingual university environment.


Recognition within South African horticulture industries, preferably avocado and macadamia;
Relevant computer and statistical analysis proficiency.