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Call for Papers: Post-doctoral Research Fellowship in PSET: TVET Studies

Post-doctoral Research Fellowship in PSET: TVET Studies

Deadline for application: 7th January 2018


The Institute for Post-School Studies (IPSS) is an institute of the University of the Western Cape (UWC) located within the Faculty of Education, and includes studies in higher education, adult education and vocational education under its umbrella. The IPSS is committed to strengthening research capacity and the knowledge base on post-schooling in South African and on the African continent, through relevant research and post-graduate programmes. Under the South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARCHi) funded by the National Research Foundation (NRF), the University of the Western Cape was recently awarded a Research Chair: PSET (TVET studies), of which Prof Joy Papier is the Chair holder and leads the research programme. The post-doctoral appointee will therefore be attached to the Research Chair.

‘Post-schooling’ is part of an emerging discourse in South Africa. It is important to note that ‘post-school studies’ is not a cognate field of study but comprises at least three established academic domains (internationally, if not entirely locally as yet): technical and vocational education and training (TVET); Adult education; and higher education. While each of these three domains has its own academic traditions, research priorities, and distinguishing features, there are significant areas of intersection and inter-face which are critical for creating seamless transitions and developing learning pathways for a wide range of learners. The challenges of the post-school sector (as it has been constructed in South Africa) cannot therefore be addressed in isolation, as post-schooling is the nexus at which pathways for youth and adults outside of formal general schooling converge.

The award of the Research Chair (TVET) enables a strong focus on vocational education and training, and the intention is to grow both the knowledge base on teaching and learning in TVET, and the capacity for research within TVET colleges. In addition, building a strong vocational community of practice, producing empirical research, and delivering high quality postgraduate programmes are important goals of the Chair’s research programme into the future.

The IPSS therefore invites one (1) Post-doctoral research fellow in the field of TVET studies to be appointed as of 1st February, 2018.

Eligibility criteria

To qualify for the Post-doctoral position the applicant:

  • Must hold a doctoral degree obtained within the last 5 years, within the field of Vocational Education and Training
  • Have experience of teaching and learning in a TVET college context
  • Be fluent in the English Language
  • Be able to make a substantial contribution to teaching, research and publications in the field of Vocational studies.
  • Must be able to start on 1st February 2018

Application requirements

Upon application please submit the following documentation:

  • Full transcripts of your academic record and certified copy of doctoral degree certificate;
  • Your full Curriculum Vitae including a list of research publications, conference papers and other scholarly outputs;
  • A motivation letter that includes a description of your doctoral research, and your research interests
  • Any original writing authored by yourself, that has been published or submitted for publication
  • Copy of your ID document
  • Contact details of two academic referees who have taught/supervised you.

Duration and Obligations of the Post-Doctoral Fellowship

The post-doctoral research fellowship of R200 000 is available for a 1 year full-time contract, with the prospect of renewal based on satisfactory performance.

The position is a full-time research intensive fellowship in accordance with the regulations of the UWC, attached to the Research Chair: TVET studies. The successful post-doctoral fellow would be expected to perform research within the scope of projects and other related tasks assigned by the Research Chair.

The main tasks for the post-doctoral fellow will be:

  • To assist and mentor doctoral students admitted to the programme;
  • Design and conduct studies that will be undertaken under the supervision and mentorship of the programme coordinator;
  • Co- supervision of post graduate students
  • Presentations at relevant local and international scholarly conferences
  • Co-organising doctoral seminars and other academic interventions for postgraduate students in the IPSS

To apply: Please submit applications to Dr Patricia Jacobs at  by 7th January 2018 or for further information contact Prof Joy Papier on

Only successful candidates will be contacted. The IPSS reserves the right not to make an appointment.