Pre-harvest Horticulture of Deciduous Fruit - Senior Lecturer/Lecturer

University of Stellenbosch, Faculty of AgriSciences, Department of Horticultural Science, Senior Lecturer/ Lecturer: Pre-harvest Horticulture of Deciduous Fruit

Ref. AW06/270/0922

Vision statement of the Department of Horticultural Sceince

To be recognised both nationally and internationally as the foremost Southern African department for teaching, research and technology transfer in horticultural crops, specifically tree crops and floriculture, respected for its innovation, academic excellence and levels of service to the horticultural industry.

Mission statement of the Department of Horticultural Science

To educate and train undergraduate and postgraduate students in pre- and post-harvest biology, physiology and technology of commercial deciduous, suptropical and citrus fruit tree systems and floriculture, to supply human talent to the horticultural industry. Furthermore, to conduct dynamic research and technology transfer in the tree crop and floriculture industries, providing value-adding technology to industry partners in order to increase their global competitiveness and profitability. This mission is pursued by highly qualified staff employing relevant, effective teaching and research techniques.

The goal of the Department of Horticultural Science is to:

• Familiarise students with the biology and physiology of growth and development of perennial woody plants, the interaction between the plant and environment, and the post-harvest biology and technolgy of fresh products by using specific groups of tree crops as training models, e.g., pome and stonefruit (deciduous), avocados (sub-tropical fruit), citrus (evergreens) and Cape flora (floriculture);
• Develop the ability of students to translate biological and physiological knowledge into technology that can be used in the horticultural industry, in order to create a demand for the skills and attributes developed by the graduated students;
• Conduct a focused research programme in tree crops and floriculture that will advance scientific knowledge and create value-adding technology for the industry partners;
• Develop an effective technology transfer programme in collaboration with industry partners in order to maximise the benefits of knowledge within the industries;
• Maintain a healthy balance and interaction between teaching, research and service to industry partners and the community.

To expand the current focus and activity within the Department, we are looking for an academic interested in exploring the research areas of pre-harvest horticulture with a strong focus on reproductive biology. The main duties of the positon include:
• Undergraduate teaching in the pre-harvest cultivation of pome and stone fruit within a Southern African context;
• Involvement in continuous undergraduate curriculum development to ensure relevance, as well as in the departmental development of short courses;
• Driving and supporting research programmes in fundamental and applied reproductive biology of pome fruit and stone fruit;
• Providing academic guidance to postgraduate students;
• Managing a research programme, as part of a team, in collaboration and extension of existing programmes within the Department of Horticultural Science and the greater Faculty of AgriSciences;
• Sourcing and obtaining external research funds and effectively managing research programmes;
• Developing national and international research and industry partnerships and networks;
• Rendering a service to the Department, Faculty and University, as well as to relevant industries and communities.

• PhD in Horticultural Science or equivalent, with a focus on pre-harvest aspects of horticultural crops, especially pome and stone fruit production;
• An excellent understanding of the physiology and phenology of deciduous fruit crops, especially pome and stone fruit production;
• Proven experience or the ability to actively participate in a pre-harvest teaching programme in pome and stone fruit;
• Proven experience in industry-focused, applied pre-harvest research;
• Proficiency to obtain external research funding, commensurate with the level of appointment;
• Peer-reviewed scientific publications, commensurate with the level of appointment;
• Postgraduate student supervision, commensurate with the level of appointment;
• Relevant computer and statistical analysis proficiency;
• The ability to work within a team context and within the broader context of the academic department and its administration.

• A strong understanding of reproductive biology and plant growth regulations of deciduous fruit trees;
• Recognition within the South African horticultural industries, prefebly pome and stone fruit;
• The ability to function within a multilingual university environment (fluency in English and Afrikaans).

Commencement of duties: 1 February 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter
Closing date: 24 October 2022

Enquiries regarding this post: Dr Esme Louw on (+27)21 808 4760, or at
Enquiries regarding remuneration/benefits, as well as technical assistance with the electronic application process: Human Resources Client Services Centre on (+27)21 808 2753, or at


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