Senior Lecturer/Lecturer

Stellenbosch University: AgriSciences / Horticultural Science

Senior Lecturer/Lecturer
(Ref. AW06/066/0302)

Vision statement of the Department of Horticultural Science:
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 postharvest biology, physiology and technology of commercial deciduous, subtropical and citrus fruit tree systems and floriculture, to supply human talent for 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.

Summary of the Department's/Division's activities:
1. Familiarising 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 technology 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);
2. Developing 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;
3. Conducting a focused research programme in tree crops and floriculture that will advance scientific knowledge and create value-adding technology for the industry partners;
4. Developing an effective technology transfer programme in collaboration with industry partners in order to maximise the benefits of knowledge within the industries;
5. Maintaining a healthy balance and interaction between teaching, research and service to industry partners and community.

To expand the current focus and activity within the Department, we are looking for an academic who is interested in exploring the research areas of sub-tropical fruit and nut crops with a special focus on the pre- and post-harvest horticulture of avocado and macadamia. The main duties of the position include:

• Undergraduate teaching and postgraduate supervision in horticultural science, with the specific focus on sub-tropical crops 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 pre- and postharvest sub-tropical horticulture;
• 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 relevant industries and communities.

• PhD in Horticultural Science or related degree with demonstrated research experience in horticultural crops, preferably sub-tropical fruits and nuts;
• Proven experience in or an ability and willingness to participate in an active teaching programme in sub-tropical fruit and nut crops;
• Proven experience in industry-focused, applied research;
• Ability and 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;
• Ability and willingness to work within a team context.

• Recognition within South African horticulture industries, preferably avocado and macadamia;
• Knowledge of avocado and macadamia cultivation within South Africa;
• Relevant computer and statistical analysis proficiency;
• Ability to function within a multilingual University environment.

Commencement of duties: 1 May 2020
Closing date: 27 March 2020
Enquiries regarding this post: Dr. Esme Louw on 021 808 4760, or at
Enquiries regarding remuneration/benefits as well as technical assistance with the electronic application process: Human Resources Client Services Centre on 021 808 2753

The University will consider all applications in terms of its Employment Equity Plan, which acknowledges the need to diversify the demographic composition of the staff corps, especially with regard to the appointment of suitable candidates from the designated groups

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sub-tropical fruit crops
sub-tropical nut crops
pre- and post-harvest horticulture
Stellenbosch (South Africa)