The University is seeking to appoint a suitable person to head the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, for a fixed-period of five (5) years.
The School has a long tradition of high-quality teaching and research in the traditional disciplines of Civil and Environmental Engineering (Construction Materials; Transportation & Traffic; Environmental Engineering; Geotechnical Engineering; Structural Engineering; Water Engineering; ; Project Management) at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The School seeks to appoint a Head who will spearhead efforts to consolidate and advance its local and international academic standing through the quality of its teaching, its research and its graduates. Located in the heart of Johannesburg, one of Africa’s cosmopolitan cities, the University and the School provide exciting environments for working, learning, teaching and research.
Qualifications and Experience: Applicants should hold a relevant doctoral qualification in a discipline or specialist area related to the activities of the School and must provide evidence of significant professional and/or scholarly achievements. Professional registration as well as significant achievement in professional practice will be an advantage. The successful appointee will be of high national and international standing and should possess demonstrated leadership and management skills to co-ordinate efforts in pursuit of the vision of the School.
Requirements: The Head will be expected to provide academic vision and leadership to the School, particularly in the areas of teaching, learning and research. S/he will also consolidate and maintain a reputation of excellence within the University and in the wider educational context by offering nationally and internationally accredited programs. S/he will be responsible for ensuring that academic and administrative systems and processes operate effectively and that the School meets its and Faculty’s strategic goals by participating in University-wide-decision-making processes. The Head is also expected to provide leadership to initiatives for fund-raising, liaising with industry and providing support for special research or development projects within the School.
The standard contractual period of employment is five (5) years, after which the candidate may seek another term or be integrated into a senior teaching and research position in the School. If the appointee is an existing member of the permanent staff, s/he would revert to her/his previous academic position.
Remuneration: A competitive university package is offered and commensurate with the level of appointment.
Enquiries: Professor IR Jandrell, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment, (Tel no. +27 11 717 7011/2); E-mail: Ian.Jandrell@wits.ac.za
TO APPLY: Please submit a letter of motivation and a detailed CV with the names and contact details (preferably e-mails and current contact numbers) of three referees, as well as certified copies of qualifications, academic transcripts and South African Identity document and/or (copy of a Passport if not South African citizen). External applicants are invited to apply by registering on the Wits i-Recruitment platform located at https://irec.wits.ac.za Internal employees may apply directly on Oracle Self-Service on the Wits Intranet by selecting ‘’Apply for a job’’.
• Closing date: 30 APRIL 2021
Please note that given the thrust of the University’s strategic plan on transformation, preference may be given to appointable applicants from the under-represented designated groups in terms of the relevant employment equity plans and policies of the University.
The University reserves the right to verify all information provided by candidates and to verify credit rating. Please note that correspondence will only be entered into with the shortlisted candidates. The University reserves the right not to make an appointment or to re-advertise.