Chair in occupational hygiene

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 WSPH has been awarded a Chair in Occupational Hygiene as part of a public-private partnership initiative. The chair is funded by Anglo American to enhance research and teaching capacity, increase the number of skilled occupational hygienists, and improve the discipline of occupational hygiene in South Africa.

The University seeks to appoint a candidate for this Chair which will be based in the WSPH, University of the Witwatersrand.

Qualifications and Experience

  • A PhD in occupational hygiene, or a related discipline;
  • Outstanding publication record in occupational hygiene-related work;
  • Record of postgraduate supervision and throughput; and
  • Record of attracting independent funding.


The successful incumbent will be expected to lead a research programme in occupational hygiene, provide academic and strategic leadership in occupational hygiene policy and practice, and teach postgraduate students in occupational hygiene and related disciplines (e.g. occupational health, occupational medicine).  There will be generous support for the incumbent (e.g. to fund Masters and PhD students, and postdoctoral fellows) in addition to the salary package. Although this is a funded post, the incumbent will be expected to participate in, and initiate other, funding applications during his/her tenure.

The university has an active research and teaching programme in occupational hygiene, occupational health and occupational medicine, which works in close collaboration with researchers in the faculties of Sciences and Health Sciences and the National Institute of Occupational Health (NIOH). There will be opportunity to join existing or new collaborations, with access to novel data sets. The university has excellent research in the fields of, medicine, public health and human, mathematics and Statistics & Actuarial Science Statistics


  • This post may be filled at either the Professorial or Associate Professorial level, depending on the candidate's experience. This 5-year post may be extended, dependant on funding.
  • The University offers an attractive remuneration package, which will depend on seniority and experience and is subject to the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg regulations.


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Closing Date: 20 March 2015

Prof David Rees:

To apply:

Submit a covering letter, and a detailed curriculum vitae that includes the following information: academic qualifications, professional qualifications, academic distinctions/fellowships/awards, academic and professional experience, professional body/society memberships, supervision of higher degrees, research activities (a record of research output, peer reviewed articles, books, book chapters, technical reports, and peer-reviewed conference proceedings).

Your CV should also include the e-mail addresses of three (3) referees and should be mailed to the following I-Recruitment link:

The University reserves the right to not make an appointment or to re-advertise.

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