Lecturer/Senior Lecturer Position


We invite candidates from all areas of Astrophysics and Cosmology to apply for this position in the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science. We are expanding our research profile in the areas of cosmology and observational extragalactic astronomy with significant investments in faculty (including further hires) and postdoctoral research positions. There is generous support for travel and postgraduate students. This is a strategic focus area of the College as it seeks to position UKZN as an international centre of research in this field.

The main vehicle for this initiative is the Astrophysics and Cosmology Research Unit (ACRU) at UKZN. Members of ACRU have interests in theoretical and observational cosmology including large-scale structure, galaxy evolution, the cosmic microwave background, instrumentation, and computational astrophysics, and are actively involved in ACT/ACTPol, C-BASS, various MeerKAT surveys, Mustang, PAPER, Planck, SPIDER, SPTpol, and the XMM Cluster Survey, and will be involved with SKA and LSST. UKZN is also in the process of building a high-performance computing facility. ACRU has strong international research links with Princeton University, the Inter University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics in India, and the University of Paris. The applicant will have access to major South African telescope facilities, including the Karoo Array Telescope (MeerKAT) and the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT). Together with ACRU members the applicant will pursue world-class research through the use of radio, optical and other multi-wavelength datasets for extragalactic astronomy and cosmology studies.

Depending on the background of the successful candidate, the appointment will be made either in the School of Chemistry and Physics or the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science. The new appointee will be expected to lecture undergraduate and postgraduate level courses, actively participate in research activities, grow the research programmes of the School, and carry out some administrative tasks as determined by the academic discipline leader, the line manager for this post.

Minimum Requirements:

Senior Lecturer:

  • A PhD degree focused on Astrophysics or Cosmology
  •  Teaching experience in a tertiary institution
  •  Sustained performance in research output as evidenced by SAPSE/ISI publications
  •  Supervision of a postgraduate student


  •  An MSc degree focused on Astrophysics or Cosmology
  • Teaching and/or post MSc research experience in a tertiary institution.


  •  Research experience in extragalactic astronomy and cosmology
  • Strong publication record in extragalactic astronomy and cosmology
  • Supervision of postgraduate students in extragalactic astronomy and
  • If applying for the Lecturer post, a PhD in Astrophysics or related field

Applicants need to indicate at which level they wish to be considered for.

This appointment will be made in line with the University guidelines/benchmarks
which are available on the University Vacancies website.

For more information about the post, including the job profile, please contact
either of the Deans & Heads of School by email: (MSCS). or
(CP). Information about research in the recruitment focus
area can be found on the ACRU website.

The remuneration package offered includes benefits.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 01 December 2013.

Applicants are required to apply on the Vacancies page of the University
website. Completed forms must be sent to: . The Advert Reference Number MUST be clearly stated in the subject line. Applicants must also arrange to have three letters of reference sent to the above address and copied to Professor Kesh Govinder () by the deadline, which should also include the Advert Reference Number and the applicant’s name in the subject line.