UNISA has vacancies for Research professionals x12 posts

Job Summary

UNISA invites qualified professionals to apply for the vacancies: UNISA Catalytic Niche Areas Research Chairs.

Closing date: 11 February 2024

These Research Chairs will be instrumental in increasing scientific research capacity, generating new knowledge, supporting the transformation of South Africa into a knowledge economy, and expanding the scientific research base to align with national research and development policies.

Job Specification

The University of South Africa (UNISA) recognises the critical need to advance research and innovation, particularly in the areas of science, engineering, and technology.

UNISA has strategically identified the following catalytic niche areas to prioritise as we pursue our research mandates:

  • Marine Studies;
  • Aviation and Aeronautical Studies;
  • Automotive;
  • Energy;
  • Space Study and Square Kilometer Array;
  • Fourth Industrial Revolution and Digitalisation;
  • Natural Sciences [Biotechnological studies];
  • Health Studies/Medicine;
  • Feminist,
  • Womanist,
  • Bosadi Theorisations;
  • Student Support and Co-Curricular Activities.

In order to optimise these niche areas, UNISA aims to establish dedicated Catalytic Niche Area Research Chairs as a key intervention to attract and retain exceptional scholars in service of excellence in research and innovation.

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We invite applications from candidates who meet the following criteria:

  • Doctoral degree (PhD) in a relevant field.
  • Demonstrate a strong track record of research excellence in one or more of the catalytic
    niche areas.
  • Provide evidence of academic citizenship and academic leadership activities in the last 5

  • Has a strong track record of supervising postgraduate students to completion.
  • Has the demonstrated ability to lead research teams consisting of members at various
    levels of career development.
  • Has a commitment to mentoring emerging scholars.
  • Must have an extensive student supervision record and the ability to attract, recruit and
    train postgraduate students and post-doctoral fellows in the field of study that they are
    applying for.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should submit the following documents:

  • Comprehensive CV that shows how the candidate meets each of the above criteria. The CV
    should include a full list of research outputs.
  • Detailed research plan that clearly demonstrates the alignment of the research project with
    one or more of UNISA’s catalytic niche areas.
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Submission Deadline: The deadline for submission 11 February 2024

For academic queries, please contact: Prof Jessica Murray, College of Graduate Studies
Tel: 012 429 6047. E-mail:

Application Process:
Please submit the required documents to Ms Mmabatho Nkoane
Tel No: 012 337 6110 Email:

Careers at UNISA

UNISA is the only publicly funded institution in South Africa dedicated to distance education. In keeping with its mandate as a comprehensive, open and distance learning tertiary institution offering a variety of academic and career-focused programmes.

Here is Unisa at a glance:

  • 370 000+ students
  • 54 000+ students obtain certificates, diplomas & degrees annually
  • 500+ qualifications offered
  • 1 000 000+ Unisa alumni

We strive to make the process of applying for positions at Unisa less cumbersome to prospective applicants. To this end the process is constantly being reviewed to keep pace with best practice. 

If you believe that you are ready for a stimulating environment and thrive in innovation then Unisa may be the employer for you.


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