Dean & Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences

Applications are invited for the above post on the Joint Establishment of the University of Cape Town (UCT) and the Western Cape Government. This post will become vacant at the end of 2012, when the current Dean retires.

Marking its 100th anniversary in 2012 as the oldest medical school in sub-Saharan Africa, UCT’s Faculty of Health Sciences has a prestigious reputation for medical achievement and path-breaking research that has impacted on health globally. It is also known for having trained some of the best health practitioners and health scientists internationally. UCT is playing a vital role in advancing South Africa’s health, responding to local problems in the context of global health challenges through supporting training, research and service.

The faculty is committed to ongoing transformation to address the inequities of the past, including promoting access for students and staff.

This is a challenging opportunity to provide vision and academic leadership to the large and complex Faculty of Health Sciences. There are exciting developments with regard to innovations in teaching and, research.

We seek a candidate of high academic standing with proven leadership and managerial ability in the health and higher education sectors, who is registered, or eligible for registration, as a health professional in South Africa. A sound understanding of the South African health system is crucial.

As Dean, you will also have responsibility for health care and academic partnerships, including managing the agreements with the Western Cape Government and the National Health Laboratory Services.

At a university-wide level, you will be a member of the Senior Leadership Group of the University and will be expected to contribute to furthering the strategic goals of the University, including transformation.

The annual remuneration package, including benefits, is negotiable. Appointment to this position is on the basis of a five-year contract which is subject to an annual performance review against agreed objectives. The contract is renewable subject to a prescribed performance review.

To apply, please submit a letter of motivation which addresses the above criteria, including a statement on your potential contribution as Dean, your full curriculum vitae and the names and contact details of three referees.

In addition, please complete and submit the HR204 application form for Senior Executive Posts available at:, quoting reference number SR269/12.

The full advertisement and information sheet is available at:

The appointment procedures are available at:

Applications should be sent to Mrs Celeste Booysen, Staff Recruitment and Selection, University of Cape Town, Rondebosch, 7700, Cape Town, South Africa.

Email:; Telephone: +27 21 650 2220; Fax: +27 21 650 5097.

Nominations with a brief motivation may also be sent to the above.

Closing date for receipt of nominations: 20 April 2012

Closing date for receipt of applications: 30 April 2012

The University reserves the right to extend the closing date if deemed necessary and reserves the right to make no appointment.

UCT is committed to the pursuit of excellence, diversity and redress. Our Employment Equity Policy is available at

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