Lecturer in Technology Education
University of the Free State
South Africa

Faculty of Education

School of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology Education

Qhubeka Development Programme (QDP) Lecturer in Technology Education

Job ID: 3649

Recognising that diversity is important in achieving excellence in teaching and learning, the University of the Free State especially encourages South African members from designated groups under the age of 40, with the intention of pursuing an academic career, to apply.

The promising young academic will be appointed in a full time, permanent position at lecturer level on a six year developmental programme.  In the first three years of the programme, the appointee is given a reduced workload to allow him/her to complete a doctoral degree, if not yet completed by date of appointment. In addition, the appointee is mentored and supported as s/he is introduced to academic life particularly with regard to his/her teaching, research and engaged scholarship responsibilities. 

KINDLY TAKE NOTE: Applications may only be submitted online through the official UFS vacancy website: http://www.ufs.ac.za/templates/vacancies. Applications submitted through any other platform will not be considered. 

Please ensure that all relevant documentation is attached to your application. INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

  • A detailed curriculum vitae and cover letter (please note that the first three (3) referees on your CV will be contacted with regard to reference checking);
  • Certified copies (not older than 6 months) of all academic records;
  • Certified copies (not older than 6 months) of qualifications (please provide the SAQA accreditation in the case of foreign qualifications);
  • A certified copy (not older than 6 months) of your identity document (ID);
  • Proof of registration with a Professional Body (if applicable);
  • A copy of your driver’s license (if applicable).

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Provide formal teaching and learning for undergraduate as well as postgraduate modules in Technology and/or Mechanical/Electrical/Civil Technology in schools and/or TVET colleges.
  • Participate in the work integrated learning programme of the faculty (teaching practice).
  • Ensure active involvement in research activities of the faculty and school.
  • Contribute to curriculum development in the field of Technology and/or Mechanical/Electrical/Civil Technology in schools and TVET colleges specifically.
  • Supervise and provide consultation sessions for undergraduate and/or postgraduate students.
  • Contribute to leadership and perform administrative tasks related to the discipline.

Inherent requirements:

  • A Master’s degree on NQF level nine (9) in Education with specialisation in teaching and learning in Technology and/or Mechanical/Electrical/Civil Technology in schools. Candidates should submit an abstract of their thesis or dissertation to indicate relevance to Technology Education.
  • Registration for a Doctoral degree in Education, if not yet attained by the time of appointment. The studies should have Technology Education as a research focus. Candidates must attach official proof of advanced registration towards a PhD, if already registered

Required competencies:

• Result Orientated:
o The ability to cope with a frequently changing environment and to adapt to evolving situations.
o The ability to be reliable, responsible, dependable and to fulfil obligations.
o The ability to set high standards, establish tough goals, and to work to achieve success.
o The ability to stick with tasks, not give up, and overcome obstacles in completing one’s task.
o The ability to maintain composure and self-control.
o The ability to deal calmly and effectively with high stress situations.

• Business Acumen:
o Proficient in using MS Office.
o The ability to adhere to rules and strictly follow work regulations.

• Strategic Thinking:
o The ability to carefully analyse information and use logic to address issues and problems at work.
o The ability to deal with several activities at a time.
o The ability to focus on details, work towards perfection, and approach work in a neat and organised manner.
o The ability to plan work and to follow plans.
o The ability to be creative and open-minded when addressing work issues.

• Leading:
o The ability to be cooperative with others, display a good-natured attitude, and encourage people to work together.
o The ability to maintain high levels of personal motivation, energy and enthusiasm.
o The ability to lead, take charge of situations, and offer opinions and directions to others.

• Building Coalitions:
o The ability to be self-assured and at ease with people in all types of social situations.
o The ability to negotiate, sell, influence and to persuade others.
o The ability to be sensitive and understanding to the needs and feelings of others.
o The ability to interact with others and establish personal connections with people.
o The ability to make decisions through consultation, collaboration, and working with close supervision.


  • A minimum of two (2) years’ relevant teaching experience in a school context
  • A relevant PhD will be advantageous.
  • Tutoring, facilitation or research experience.

Assumption of duties:

01 January 2021.

Closing date:

04 December 2020.


The salary scale is available on request.


For enquiries, please feel free to contact 051 401 9848/ 7267 /7705 /9003 or email Recruit@ufs.ac.za

Fringe benefits:

(Subject to specific conditions): pension scheme, medical aid scheme, group life insurance, housing allowance, leave and sick leave, service bonus and study benefits.


The University reserves the right not to fill the post. The University subscribes to and applies the principles prescribed by the Employment Equity Act. Preference will be given to candidates from the designated groups, in accordance with the principles of the aforementioned act and the employee profile of the specific department/division.

The UFS is committed to the pursuit of excellence, diversity and redress in achieving its equity targets. Our Employment Equity Plan is available at https://ufsacza.sharepoint.com/sites/supportservices/hr/Resources/Employment%20Equity%20Plan_July2017.pdf. For this post, we seek particularly to attract black (i.e. African, Coloured and Indian) and disabled South African candidates.

The UFS will only consider applications of candidates who meet all the inherent requirements of the position. Communication will be limited to shortlisted candidates only. Should you not be contacted within six weeks of the closing date for applications, you may assume that your application was unsuccessful.


External candidates can click HERE to apply online.

UFS staff members can log onto PeopleSoft, click Self Service, Recruiting, and Careers to apply online.

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