Senior lecturer Wits School of Public Health

The Wits School of Public Health (WSPH) is one of the largest Schools of Public Health in South Africa, with an international reputation for its teaching programmes, conducting high quality and relevant research, community outreach and policy engagement activities.

The School has a large interdisciplinary doctoral programme grounded in public and population health with strong links to social, clinical and quantitative sciences. Doctoral training is a major thrust of the School which is a partner in the trans-continental Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA) programme.

The School of Public Health seeks a talented and committed academic to play a leading role in running and strengthening the doctoral programme.


  • Broad knowledge of public health challenges facing Africa
  • PhD or equivalent in public health or related field
  • Ability to teach, supervise and mentor PhD candidates and to support students in scientific writing
  • Evidence of research experience and at least 8 peer reviewed journal publications
  • Interest in and commitment to building research capacity
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team
  • Excellent presentation and public speaking skills.


This is primarily a teaching post and the successful candidate should expect to devote approximately 60% of his/her time to activities that support teaching and learning. These include:

  • Co-ordination of the selection of PhD students
  • Co-ordination of academic PhD programme
  • Supervision and mentoring of doctoral students
  • Maintaining the PhD e-learning platform
  • Co-ordination of Wits CARTA activities
  • Contribute to and play a leading role in the development and expansion of the School of Public Health research portfolio
  • Supervision of administrative staff

Please note that all shortlisted applicants will be required to present their vision for doctoral training and public health research at the Wits School of Public Health.


The remuneration package offered will depend on qualifications and experience and is subject to the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg regulations.

To apply:

Closing date: open until suitable candidate is found

External applicants are invited to apply by registering their profiles and applying on the Wits i-recruitment platform located at

Please include the following:

  • A covering letter of motivation
  • Detailed CV with names and current e-mail addresses of 3 referees
  • Certified copies of qualifications and South African ID or passport/work permit if not South African

Internal applicants may apply directly on Oracle Self-Service.

The University is committed to employment equity.  Preference will be given to appointable applicants from the designated South African groups in terms of the relevant employment equity plans and policies of the University. The University retains the right not to make an appointment, to re-advertise and to verify all information provided by candidates. Please note that correspondence will only be entered into with shortlisted candidates.

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