Division of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology
Department of Pathology
Faculty of Health Sciences
The Division of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology at the University of Cape Town is seeking to appoint a Lecturer in Biomedical Forensic Sciences. This is a permanent full time appointment and offers the opportunity to be part of the exciting Honours, Master’s and PhD programmes in Biomedical Forensic Science. We are particularly seeking a committed individual who will grow with the team and the development of our expanding programmes. We hope to attract someone who has a track record in research outputs and can effectively manage a high postgraduate student supervision load. The successful candidate will report to programme convenor/line manager (Dr Laura Heathfield) and carry out annual performance reviews (HR174). Start date is 1 January 2022 or earlier.
• Doctoral degree in a relevant biomedical forensic sciences field, or Doctoral degree in a core science with a MSc/MPhil in a relevant forensic science discipline.
o Candidates in designated groups who are within 1 year of completion of their doctoral degree might be considered.
• Minimum of 2 years postgraduate relevant teaching and research experience. Advantageous if this experience is in one or more of the following: forensic genetics, forensic entomology, forensic toxicology or other relevant biomedical forensic sciences field.
• Track record of successful postgraduate student supervision and publications in national or international peer-reviewed, accredited forensic science journals.
• Displays integrity in research and abides by principles of Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR).
• Evidence of strong administrative skills, organisational skills and computer skills.
• Ability to strive under high workload, both independently and within a team.
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
• Self-motivated, dedicated and takes appropriate initiative.
The following will be advantageous:
• Knowledge of and experience in curriculum design.
• A record of securing external funding as principal investigator.
• Track record of forensic practice and casework experience.
• Membership with professional bodies and/or learned societies in forensic science practice.
• Knowledge of quality management systems and good laboratory practice.
• Experience in a biosafety level 2 laboratory setting.
• A record of contributions to Outreach activities and of Social Responsiveness.
• Teaching and supervision within Biomedical Forensic Science postgraduate programmes.
o Including course convening, teaching and assessment for ‘Applied Forensics’ (Masters), ‘Forensic Entomology’ (Honours) and ‘Medico-legal death investigation (Honours).
• Participate in internal quality management of educational programmes.
• Lead a research group, initiate research, write research proposals and funding applications.
• Collaborate with other researchers, internally and externally, in terms of carrying out interdisciplinary biomedical forensic science research.
• Contribute to management of projects, funds, laboratories, equipment and databases within the Division.
• Support the Biomedical Forensic Science programme convenor.
• Carry out associated administrative duties.
• Contribute towards social responsiveness activities, and support service delivery.
• Participate in committees and continuing staff development.
The annual remuneration package for 2021, including benefits, is R795 575, see http://www.hr.uct.ac.za/hr/benefits/remuneration/policy)
To apply, please e-mail the below documents in a single pdf file to Ms Vathiswa Mbangi at
– UCT Application Form (download at http://forms.uct.ac.za/hr201.doc)
– Motivation letter that speaks to the specific requirements of the position, and
– Curriculum Vitae (CV)
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.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and may be required to undergo an assessment.
Telephone: 021 650 3003 Website: http://www.pathology.uct.ac.za/
Reference number: E210349 Closing date: 21 October 2021
UCT is a designated employer and is committed to the pursuit of excellence, diversity and redress in achieving its
equity targets in accordance with the Employment Equity Plan of the University and its Employment Equity goals
and targets. Preference will be given to candidates from the under-represented designated groups. Our
Employment Equity Policy is available at www.hr.uct.ac.za/hr/policies/employ_equity
UCT reserves the right not to appoint.