University of Cape Town

Department of Human Biology

Faculty of Health Services


The Department of Human Biology, which is a vibrant multidisciplinary department in the Faculty of Health, is seeking to appoint an established researcher and lecturer in Biological Anthropology.

Biological Anthropology in the Department of Human Biology is a dynamic and active discipline. There has been a strong tradition of research on Physical Anthropology in the Department since its inception in 1911. Currently there are two foci: skeletal biology of past populations and forensic anthropology. Particular interests have been in the assessment of skeletal maturity using radiographic techniques and the assessment of life history of archaeologically derived human skeletons from the early historic cemeteries of Cape Town. The Department houses a research collection of over 600 archaeological and forensic skeletons and over 200 skeletons from cadaver dissections. The Division of Anatomy and Biological Anthropology works closely with the Department of Forensic Medicine and has a South African Police recognised Forensic Anthropology laboratory that does an average of five skeletonised police cases per month.

– A minimum academic qualification of a PhD in Physical Anthropology, Anatomy or related field
– For the Senior Lecturer position (this would also be advantageous for the lecturer position)
– A minimum of three years post-PhD research experience in preferably in skeletal biology
– A proven track record in research publications
– Experience in teaching anatomy and physical anthropology
– Experience in supervising or co-supervising post-graduate students
– Experience in management (of staff and/or research projects).

– Experience in grant writing
– Collaboration with national/international anthropologists and other relevant researchers
– Experience or interest in Forensic Anthropology

– Research:
– Conceptualise, lead and execute research projects related to skeletal biology or forensic anthropology (protocol development, data collection and analysis, publication of results, translation of findings)
– Design and optimise research techniques currently used in the field of skeletal biology or forensic anthropology
– Train students and other staff members to utilise these techniques in relevant research projects
– Develop/expand research collaborations both nationally and internationally
– Raise research funding, apply for grants from appropriate national and international funding bodies
– Supervision of post-doctoral fellows.

– Teaching:
– Prepare and deliver skeletal biology and forensic anthropology and more general anatomy-related lectures, practical student labs and tutorials for under-graduate and MSc Forensic Biomedical Science courses and BSc (Med) Hons courses, as well as demonstrating in the dissection hall for MBChB and Health and Rehabilitation Sciences students
– Develop teaching materials
– Supervise/co-supervise post-graduate students (BSc Med Hon, MSc and PhD).

– Leadership, management and administration:
– Perform administrative functions at Departmental, Faculty and University level, if needed
– Perform administrative functions related to teaching and research projects (i.e. convene courses, manage research teams, manage funding for research, monitor operational expenses, write progress reports, etc).

– Social responsiveness:
– Translate research findings into the community, for the benefit of the public, where relevant.

The annual remuneration package for 2014, including benefits is:
Senior lecturer: R595 903
Lecturer: R484 656

To apply, please send the completed UCT application form (download at http://web.uct.ac.za/depts/sapweb/forms/hr201.doc), a letter of motivation, a CV (no certificates) and all other relevant documentation as indicated on the form, in a single pdf file to Ms Celeste Booysen by email to recruitment05@uct.ac.za Please ensure the title and reference number are indicated in the subject line.

An application that does not comply with the above requirements will be regarded as incomplete. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and will be required to undergo a competency test.

Telephone: +27 21 650 2220
Website: http://www.health.uct.ac.za/
Reference number: SR153/14
Closing date: 24 November 2014

UCT is committed to the pursuit of excellence, diversity and redress. Our Employment Equity Policy is available at http://www.uct.ac.za/downloads/uct.ac.za/about/policies/eepolicy.pdf.

UCT reserves the right not to appoint.