Professor in Organic Chemistry

University of Cape Town

South Africa


The Department of Chemistry within the Faculty of Science at the University of Cape Town seeks to fill a permanent academic position in organic chemistry at the level of Professor or Associate Professor. We seek to strengthen the department’s teaching of organic chemistry and research in synthetic organic chemistry. The successful applicant will be expected to provide leadership in the field of organic chemistry at departmental level through evidence of a deep understanding of synthetic organic chemistry.


Requirements Include:

For Appointment at Professor level:

 A PhD in the field of synthetic organic chemistry and at least eight years relevant academic experience, with at least three years at the associate professor level or higher;

 Experience in teaching organic chemistry at undergraduate level with evidence of teaching excellence and leadership in curriculum development in organic chemistry at the undergraduate level;

 A strong track record of supervision of PhD and MSc students to graduation as primary supervisor;

 An outstanding track record of high-quality publications in peer reviewed journals as corresponding author, with a substantial number in high impact journals. A successful candidate must enjoy considerable international recognition by their peers for the high quality and impact of their recent research outputs;

 Evidence of a track record of conference attendance at the international level, including invited oral conference presentations;

 Evidence of long-term success in raising grants as Principal Investigator;

 Evidence of academic leadership at Departmental level and beyond.


Responsibilities Include:

 To develop a strong research programme in an area of focus in the Department;

 To develop and teach courses in the sub-discipline of organic chemistry at both introductory and senior undergraduate level (including service courses) and give specialist lectures at the Honours (4th year) level; The successful candidate must have the vision and experience to oversee the full organic curriculum and provide direction within the discipline;  To supervise Honours, MSc and PhD students;

 To contribute significantly to administration in the Department and Faculty of Science


The annual remuneration packages including benefits are:

Professor: R1 237 822

For more information about the position, please contact Professor Timothy J. Egan at or 021-650-2528.

To apply, please e-mail the below documents in a single pdf file to Ms Tracy Moore at

- UCT Application Form (download at

- Motivational letter - Research and Teaching statement

- Curriculum Vitae (CV) and copies of the five best papers in the role of principal investigator.

Please ensure the title and reference number are indicated in the subject line. An application which does not comply with the above requirements will be regarded as incomplete.

In your application, please refer to


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