VICE-RECTOR: RESEARCH & INNOVATION (5-Year Contract)
The University of the Western Cape (UWC) is a vibrant, diverse and dynamic university and cognisant of its local, national and international environment, actively responds in critical and creative ways to the developmental needs of the country, within an ever-changing and challenging global context.
The academic enterprise constitutes the core mandate of a university; hence the quality of its
teaching, research and innovation endeavours is integral to its success. UWC recognises the
complexity of the academic project and wishes to build on its history of providing students with an
excellent academic experience. To enhance the University's growing research standing and its ability
to contribute to the country's innovation capacity, the Vice-Rector: Research and Innovation
focuses specifically on these important areas.
The Vice-Rector: Research and Innovation reports to the Rector and Vice-Chancellor and shares in
the responsibility of driving the institution's strategic direction through respective areas of
The Vice-Rector: Research and Innovation is responsible for leading the University's research and
innovation portfolio, in collaboration with various partners and external stakeholders. The role
could, amongst others, include: postgraduate studies, community engagement, technology
transfer, research policy and implementation, library information services.
This portfolio calls for an individual with an excellent and established research track record,
experience in leading dynamic research environments, strategic leadership acumen, knowledge of
global trends and skills in setting up and developing innovation enterprises.
In addition, the University is looking for an individual who:
- Has a doctorate and a wellestablished research profile and standing
- Will foster and support cross-institutional collaboration and research
- Will support and initiate activities furthering research and innovation development
- Will encourage and promote the generation of external income through research and innovation activities
- Will support well-established as well as emerging research areas to further enhance and expand the University's fast -growing research and innovation agenda.
The expected starting date for the position would be January 2017 or soonest thereafter.
Short-listed candidates will be required to make a presentation and to participate in an interview.
In your application you are encouraged to highlight your strengths and include what you feel may
be pertinent to the position. Follow our online application process at www.uwc.ac.za or via our link
Please include your covering letter and detailed CV with your online profile.
Nominations may be submitted by convocation, registered students, alumni, members of Council
and staff of the University. A nomination must contain the full names of, and be signed by, the
nominee, proposer and seconder. It must be supported by: (a) a detailed curriculum vitae of the
nominee; (b) a memorandum on the nominee's suitability, prepared by the proposer and seconder;
and (c) a clear indication of the capacity in which the proposer and seconder are forwarding the
Ms Amanda Glaeser, Executive Director: HR or Ms Jeanine Schroeder (HR Administrative Manager)
are at hand to answer any queries telephonically on +27 21 959 3333/2104 or via email at
Applications and nominations should be submitted online by 6 August 2016.
In line with the University's commitment to diversifying its workforce, preference will be given to suitably qualified applicants in line with Employment
Targets of the university. The University reserves the right to not make an appointment or make an appointment at a different level.