Professor/Associate Professor in Cancer Biology

The South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) by the National Research Foundation (NRF) aims to strengthen leadership and capacity in scientific research at South African universities. The University of Cape Town invites applications from suitably qualified and experienced persons for the above-mentioned Research Chair, located within the Faculty of Health Sciences. This is a full-time contract post for 5 years, renewable for a further cycle of 5 years subject to NRF approval. The successful candidate should be a dynamic researcher with an international reputation in cancer biology, who has an excellent publication track record, particularly in high impact journals, experience in acquiring grant funding from international agencies, a track record of postgraduate student supervision and mentorship, and experience in leading a productive and internationally recognised research group.

The Research Chair will be located in an appropriate Department within the Faculty of Health Sciences and will report to the Head of Department.  The research will focus on cancer biology, promoting the growth of the field in the faculty, nationally and internationally. The successful candidate will be expected to forge interdisciplinary linkages and ensure a broad cancer-related research portfolio that may include epidemiology, genetics, immunology, risk factors and susceptibility, anticancer drug design and development, cell signalling, molecular mechanisms of carcinogenesis, and mechanisms of metastasis. The Chair will be expected to strengthen links with related clinical disciplines, to promote translational research, and to support the Faculty’s Cancer Research Initiative.

Key Requirements:

Doctoral degree in a relevant discipline OR a specialist clinical qualification with an outstanding research track record in cancer biology

Features of the position:

There will be an emphasis on capacity development, including expansion of infrastructure, acquisition of new equipment, and postgraduate teaching, training and supervision. While clinical qualifications are not essential, the Chair-holder will be expected to co-supervise emerging clinician scientists. Invited candidates will be expected to prepare a proposal in the defined research area, in collaboration with the Head of the relevant department and the Deputy Dean for Research, for approval by the NRF prior to finalisation of the appointment.

Key responsibilities:

  • Provide scientific leadership, coordination, and support for the proposed research activities.
  • Produce high impact scientific publications.
  • To transfer knowledge, skills and expertise and provide mentorship to trainees and postgraduate students.
  • Develop institutional and national capacity in cancer research.
  • Secure external research funding from local and international sources.

To apply, please e-mail the completed UCT Application form (HR201), clearly indicating the post for which you are applying and all other relevant documentation as indicated on the form, with the subject line “SARChI Cancer Biology”, followed by the reference number, to Ms Lily Nombombo at Enquiries about the position may also be sent to Mrs Booysen.

Address: Staff Recruitment and Selection, University of Cape Town, Rondebosch, 7700, South Africa.

Telephone: +27 21 650 2220

Faculty Website:

NRF website: 

Reference number: SR541/13

Closing date for applications: 30 September 2013

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