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Senior Lecturer: Crop Production and Agroclimatology at University of Pretoria




The incumbent will be responsible for:

  • Undergraduate and Honours level teaching in the broad fields of sustainable crop production systems and agroclimatology;
  • Supervising of postgraduate students in crop production systems and related fields;
  • Acquiring research funding;
  • Conducting and leading research in crop production and / or agroclimatology and
  • Initiating community engagement projects, and engaging in professional development activities.


  • A BSc or BSc Agric degree in Agronomy and subsequent MSc and PhD degrees in Agronomy or a related agricultural field. Preference will be given to applicants with experience in one or more of the following: agroclimatology, modelling crop production systems, biophysics and sustainable crop production. These identified focus areas are based on a need to generate knowledge that builds upon and complements departmental and institutional strengths in broad agricultural fields and addresses national strategic needs;
  • Minimum of two years teaching experience at undergraduate level;
  • Evidence of postgraduate supervision;
  • In-depth understanding of basic principles of agriculture and agronomy, and a strong focus on statistical analysis and experience in aspects of crop production systems to achieve food security, and improve food systems;
  • A track record of research and publications in the relevant field in Web of Science accredited journals;
  • Driver’s License.
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  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Documented proof of own research outputs in Agronomy.
  • Proven academic capabilities in undergraduate teaching and learning both face to face and in an online and hybrid model environment.
  • Proven track record of postgraduate supervision.
  • Evidence of the ability to establish a research programme in agronomy or related fields.
  • Ability to seek out funding opportunities and successfully apply for local and international funding.
  • Must be able to initiate and manage research partnerships with external stakeholders (e.g. Industry, Government, Science Councils)
  • Appropriate language and communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Good knowledge of statistical analyses relevant to agroclimatology, crop production systems and climate modelling, as well as general agronomic research.
  • Be able to collaborate with colleagues within and between departments and foster a constructive research dynamic in the discipline.


  • Post-doctoral experience.
  • Evidence of successful funding applications.
  • An NRF rating.
  • Completion of formal teaching training programmes
  • Be part of existing international networks and collaborations.

The annual remuneration package will be commensurate with the incumbent’s level of appointment, as determined by UP policy guidelines. UP subscribes to the BESTMED and UMVUZO medical aid schemes and contributes 50% of the applicable monthly premium. Applicants are requested to apply online at, and follow the link: [email protected]

In applying for this post, please attach:

  • A comprehensive CV.
  • Certified copies of qualifications.
  • Names, e-mail addresses and telephone contact details of three referees who can attest to your academic and research profile, whom we have permission to contact.
  • Self-evaluation of research career to date.
  • University-level teaching portfolio.
  • Outline of intended research programme and how this links to existing research in the Department and Faculty.

NOTE: Shortlisted applicants will be required to present a 20 minute undergraduate lecture on a topic that will be provided prior to the interviews.

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CLOSING DATE: 28 July 2021

No application will be considered after the closing date, or if it does not comply with at least the minimum requirements.


Position related: Ms Rene Fryer, Tel: (012) 420 3770 or Prof. Nigel Barker

(012) 420 2593 / 083 564 3409 and application related Ms M Kana at [email protected]

Should you not hear from the University of Pretoria by 30 September 2021, please accept that your application has been unsuccessful.

The University of Pretoria is committed to equality, employment equity and diversity.

In accordance with the Employment Equity Plan of the University and its Employment Equity goals and targets, preference may be given, but is not limited to candidates from under- represented designated groups.

All candidates who comply with the requirements for appointment are invited to apply. All candidates agree to undergo verification of personal credentials.

The University of Pretoria reserves the right to not fill the advertised positions


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