Senior Lecturer in Ethnomusicology
University of the Free State Odeion School of Music
South Africa

Faculty of Humanities
Odeion School of Music
Senior Lecturer: Ethnomusicology (African Music)

Job ID: 3718

This post was previously advertised as Job ID: 3592 and 3680.  All applications received in response to the previous advertisements, will automatically be considered again. Previous applicants therefore do not need to reapply.

KINDLY TAKE NOTE: Applications may only be submitted online through the official UFS vacancy website: 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 (6) 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:

• Supervise postgraduate students in the field of Ethnomusicology.
• Deliver peer-reviewed research outputs in the field of Ethnomusicology.
• Develop curricula for teaching Ethnomusicology (inclusive of a focus on African Music) at all levels of study.
• Contribute to the academic and performance activities of the Odeion School of Music.
• Facilitate academic, practical and research activities and projects in the Odeion School of Music.

Inherent requirements: 

• A Doctoral degree on NQF level ten (10) in Music, specialising in Ethnomusicology (African music).
• Proven experience in the presentation of papers/posters at national scholarly conferences.
• Proven national recognition for specialist expertise and research in a specific area of scholarship.
• An NRF rating or demonstrate potential for obtaining an NRF rating.
• Proven experience in supervision of graduated masters’ students.
• A proven research record of relevant publications in national and international accredited journals.
• Proven experience of service as an active member of a national or international scholarly society or committee or agency concerned with research at higher education levels.

Required competencies: 

• Business Acumen
o The ability to adhere to rules and strictly follow work regulations.
o Proficient in using MS Office.
• Results Orientated
o The ability to set high standards, establish tough goals, and to work to achieve success.
o The ability to be reliable, responsible, dependable and to fulfil obligations.
• Strategic Thinking
o The ability to plan work and to follow plans.
o The ability to carefully analyse information and use logic to address issues and problems at work.
• Leading
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 interact with others and establish personal connections with people.
o The ability to make decisions through consultation, collaboration, and working with close supervision.


• Experience of teaching ethnomusicology (African music) at tertiary level.
• Proven commitment to engaged scholarship.
• A diverse skills set in the broader field of music.
• Demonstration of intent to work towards obtaining NRF rating or similar recognition for research contribution, if not held at the time of appointment

Assumption of duties: 

As soon as possible. 

Closing date:  

26 February 2021.


The salary scale is available on request. 


For enquiries, please feel free to contact 051 401 7267 / 7705 / 9848 or email 

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 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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