Faculty of AgriSciences | Stellenbosch University

Department of Conservation Ecology and Entomology 

Senior Lecturer / Lecturer 

Two-year contract appointment 

Ref. AW02/156/0622 

The Department of Conservation Ecology and Entomology is a forward-thinking and dynamic department that brings together a considerable body of teaching and research in the rapidly growing and important field of the conservation of biodiversity in utilised landscapes and their surrounds. In principle, our aim is to sustain agricultural and forestry production without compromising the natural viability of the agricultural land mosaic. Our range of expertise includes integrated pest management, conservation of natural communities, management of living resources – including wildlife management, ecological restoration, conservation best-practices, physiological ecology and technology transfer. 


  • Undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and learning within the Department of Conservation Ecology and Entomology; 
  • Conducting an active and productive research programme to give opportunity at being a new research focus area within the Department and publication of such research in relevant, peer-reviewed journals; 
  • Developing and evaluating course material, particularly in systems ecology of utilised landscapes; 
  • Sourcing and managing external research funds; 
  • Supervision of postgraduate students; 
  • Developing national and international research and industry partnerships and networks; 
  • Involvement with community interaction projects; 
  • Involvement with administrative service delivery at Departmental, Faculty and University level. 


  • PhD in Ecology, Conservation Science, or an equivalent degree; 
  • Proven experience in an active teaching programme related to systems ecology of utilised landscapes; 
  • Proven ability to intergrate the fields of plant physiology, soil science, plant health and general ecology; 
  • Proficiency in statistics; e.g., multivariate statistics; 
  • Peer-reviewed scientific publications, particularly in the field of systems ecology of utilised landscapes, commensurate with the level of appointment; 
  • The ability and proficiency to obtain external research funding commensurate with the level of appointment; 
  • Relevant experience in industry-related, applied research and engagement; 
  • Postgraduate student supervision commensurate with the level of appointment; 
  • Active involvement with community interaction projects; 
  • Language proficiency suited to a multilingual university; 
  • A valid driver’s licence. 

Commencement of duties: 1 October 2022 

Closing date: 29 June 2022 

Enquiries regarding this post: Prof. Francois Roets on 021 808 2635, or at fr@sun.ac.za 

Enquiries regarding remuneration/benefits, as well as technical assistance with the electronic application process: Human Resources Client Services Centre on 021 808 2753, or at sun-e-hr@sun.ac.za 

Stellenbosch University is committed to employment equity (EE), and appointments will be made in line with the EE plan for the specific environment as well as the institutional EE Plan of the University. 

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Your application, comprising a comprehensive curriculum vitae (including the names and email addresses of at least three referees), must reach the University before or on the closing date of the advertised post. 


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