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Head of School of Mining Engineering [5-Year, Fixed-Term]
University of the Witwatersrand

Date Posted May 15, 2024
Title Head of School of Mining Engineering [5-Year, Fixed-Term]
University University of the Witwatersrand
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Department School of Mining Engineering
Application Deadline Jun. 30, 2024
Position Start Date As soon as possible
  • Professor
    Department Head/Head/Chair
  • Mining/Minerals


The University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (Wits University), located in the heart of Johannesburg, one of Africa’s leading multi-cultural cities and the economic hub of South and Southern Africa is seeking to appoint a suitably qualified person to Head the School of Mining Engineering, which is recognized nationally and internationally for teaching, research, and industry partnerships.

The successful appointee should possess high-level leadership and managerial skills, have a PhD in Mining Engineering with evidence of significant professional and/or scholarly achievements with a strong research profile, national and international academic and/or professional standing, and expertise in any technical discipline in mining. Professional registration or eligibility for international applicants is recommended.

• Provide visionary leadership, set strategic goals and objectives for the School of Mining Engineering.
• Develop and implement an industry-aligned research program by fostering research excellence, innovation and academic citizenship within the School.
• Lead and manage the School in meeting its strategic goals and participate in University-wide decision-making processes towards achieving the University’s strategic goals.
• Raise external funding for projects within the School’s vision and strategic goals.
• Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with industry partners, government agencies and other academic institutions globally.
• Manage and support staff recruitment, evaluation, and professional growth, promoting diversity and inclusion.
• Create an inclusive and supportive environment for students, promoting their academic success and well-being.
The standard contractual period of employment is (5) five-years, after which the candidate may seek another term, or be integrated into an appropriate teaching and research position in the School.


Professor Thokozani Majozi;                                                                                                                                                   

Executive Dean: Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment:                                                                                                 

E-mail: or telephone: +27 11 717 7012


To Apply:  Please submit a covering letter of motivation, a detailed CV with names and current e-mail addresses and contact numbers of (3) three referees, certified copies of qualifications, academic transcripts and South African ID and/or (copy of Passport if not a South African Citizen). Please state your research metrics in your covering letter. External applicants are invited to apply by registering on the Wits i-Recruitment platform located at Internal employees may apply directly on Oracle Self-Service on the Wits Intranet by selecting ‘’Apply for a job’’.

• Closing date: 30 June 2024

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 is committed to employment equity. 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 short-listed candidates. The University reserves the right not to make an appointment or to re-advertise.

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Contact Information

  • Professor Thokozani Majozi
    Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment
    University of the Witwatersrand
    1 Jan Smuts Avenue, Faculty of Engineering
    Johannesburg, Gauteng 2001
    South Africa
  • +27117177012


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