Assistant Professor of Biological Science

University of Botswana


Assistant Professor of Biological Science




Duties: The successful candidate will be expected to: (i) teach post-graduate and undergraduate level courses in Plant Physiology; (ii) supervise post graduate and undergraduate student’s projects as need may arise; (iii) participate in the academic, governance and social engagement in Plant Physiology or related field; (iv) and perform any other duties and responsibilities as may be assigned by the Head of Department.

Requirements: Applicants should have: (i) a PhD degree in Plant Physiology or related field; (ii) at least 6 years relevant teaching experience at a university or comparable institution; (iii) a minimum of twelve (12) pieces of research products (e.g. articles, book chapters, peer reviewed conference proceedings, etc.) published by recognized publishers; eight (8) of these must be articles in refereed/accredited journals in internationally recognized indexing databases. The remaining 4 publications could be journal articles, book chapters, peer reviewed conference proceedings, etc. published by recognized publishers. An academic book may be equivalent to a maximum of 4 articles in refereed/accredited journals, depending on the quality and standing of the publisher; (iv) sustained research output: a minimum of 2 peer reviewed publications every 3 years; (v) sustained research activity; ongoing externally supported research (e.g funded or commissioned); (vi) regular paper/poster presentations at national but also increasingly at international conferences; (vii) be lead and/or single author in at least one-third of the required journal publications. There should also be evidence of mentorship of early career scholars/graduate students; (viii) publications should be spread nationally and/or internationally and across journals; (viii) recognizable research impact, including but not limited to citations, the h-index, patents, policy applications, peer reviews, publications that are prescribed texts in other institutions etc. (required in at least 2 of the these); (ix) recognized as being of national but increasingly international research standing (e.g. peer reviewing of new research proposals; reference in research committees; editor/guest editor/reviewer of refereed/accredited national and international publishers; editorial board member of an international publisher in a relevant field; invitations as keynote speaker at national and international conferences (required in at least 2 of the these); (x) evidence of governance and social engagement; (xi) research collaborations with other institutions or organizations; (xii) research collaboration with cognate disciplines in the University; (xiii) external examiner for Masters and/or PhD theses nationally and/or internationally. The following will be added advantages: (i) research awards and other forms of research recognition, where appropriate.

The curriculum vitae should contain a detailed list of published works, clearly specifying titles of publications, ISBN numbers (for books, book chapters and conference proceedings), dates of publications, names of publishers, name/s of co-authors if any and number of pages. The works should be categorized into books, book chapters, refereed journals, non-refereed works, consultancies and practical media projects.

Remuneration: The University of Botswana offers a competitive salary and benefits commensurate with experience and qualifications. For more information on the University, please visit our website;

Applicants are to address the stated qualification in their application letters and provide other information to assist the University determine their suitability for the position. They should also quote the vacancy number of the post applied for, provide current CVs (including telephone, telefax and e-mail), certified copies of educational certificates and transcripts, names and addresses of three referees. Complete documentation should be sent to: The Human Resources Manager, Faculty of Science, University of Botswana Private Bag UB 00704, Gaborone, Botswana; Telephone: (267) 355 4937/2969; Fax (267) 318 5097; E-mail: 

Applicants should inform their referees to (i) quote the vacancy number and position applied for and (ii) submit their references directly to the above address before the stipulated date. Please note that applications with incomplete information shall not be acknowledged.

Hand delivered applications should be submitted to Block 233, Office 135 (233/135).

NB: Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

Closing date:  Open until filled



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