SENIOR LECTURER – PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY – University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

The School of Chemistry in the Faculty of Science invites applications for a position as Senior Lecturer in the field of physical chemistry. The School has existing, well-established physical and inorganic materials research teams and is now specifically seeking someone with the ability to lecture modules spanning first-year to Honours-level Physical Chemistry. The applicant should be research-active with a demonstrable, independent research track record. Research in computational chemistry, kinetics, thermodynamics, solid-state or supramolecular chemistry would be an advantage. The School is well equipped with instruments that underpin these fields, including various instruments for electrochemical, thermal and spectroscopic studies, as well as single crystal, powder X-ray diffraction, and NMR spectroscopy for structure analysis. There are also central high performance computing facilities available for use by the School.
Brief Description

The required qualification is a PhD in physical chemistry, preferably with post-doctoral research experience in the field as demonstrated by publications in the international learned societies and/or leading commercial publishers. Fluency in written and spoken English is mandatory. Experience with teaching and assessing topics in undergraduate physical chemistry commensurate with the level of a Senior Lecturer is required.

Overall responsibilities would include lecturing in physical chemistry at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including thermodynamics, kinetics, group theory, statistical thermodynamics and introductory quantum mechanics. The ability to work as part of a collaborative team would be a significant advantage, noting that an individual research profile is needed for career advancement.

A generous remuneration package which includes a retirement fund, medical aid, leave, bonus and study benefits, subject to the University’s rules and regulations, is available.

How To Apply
TO APPLY: Submit a covering letter, a detailed CV with names, addresses and contact details of three referees and certified copies of degrees/diplomas, and a statement of accomplished research and future research plans. External applicants are invited to apply by registering their profile on the Wits I-Recruitment platform located or and +27 (0) 117171434 or e-mail: For more information see: