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Job Advert: LINK Centre Associate Professor

Position: Associate Professor, LINK Centre, Wits School of Literature, Language and Media (SLLM), University of the Witwatersrand
Closing Date: 31 July 2023 

Department Description        
The Centre engages extensively in publicly-oriented research and scholarly publishing, and offers postgraduate degree programmes at MA level (coursework and research report, as well as dissertation only) and at PhD level, in topics relevant to digital innovation and digital transformation. For more information on the LINK Centre profile and focus, see

Brief Description        
The LINK Centre seeks to make an appointment at the rank of Associate Professor.

Requirements: Candidates should hold a PhD in a relevant field, noting that the academic research and the degree programmes are interdisciplinary in nature. Candidates should have experience in research production, research management, postgraduate teaching, research supervision, as well as administration and leadership in this field of knowledge. To be appointed as an Associate Professor, a proven publication record and/or high level research engagement/management is considered essential, and an active NRF rating would be an advantage. As the Centre supervises professionals in industry, government and the non-governmental sector, knowledge of and interaction with these institutions would be a further advantage.   
Responsibilities: The successful candidate would be required to 
(i) initiate new funded research projects on a regular basis, 
(ii) work collaboratively to prepare and publish research-based working papers, journal articles and other scholarly outputs, 
(iii) participate in and initiate collegial engagements with cognate African and international institutions, 
(iv) supervise postgraduate students across a range of topics that are interdisciplinary in nature, 
(v) teach postgraduate coursework and short courses in a mix of contact teaching and online learning, 
(vi) initiate and implement changes in the curriculum on an annual basis, in line with developments in the key focus areas, 
(vii) introduce innovative approaches to the work of the Centre. An important aspect of this position is maintaining the reputation of the Centre and actively encouraging the enrolment of students from other African countries. As this is a senior position, the successful candidate would engage in collaborative leadership with other members of staff, and mentoring where required. The successful candidate will need to play an active role in the intellectual and public life of the University and in the broad field. 
Enquiries only: Dr Luci Abrahams, email:

How to Apply        
To apply, submit a letter of motivation clearly indicating which position you are applying for, detailed CV, and the names and contact details of three referees (incl. e-mail addresses). 
Internal employees are invited to apply directly on Oracle by following the path: iWits /Self Service application/”Apply for a job”
External applicants are invited to apply, by registering a profile on the Wits i-recruitment platform located at and submitting your application.
*The University is committed to employment equity. Preference may be given to appointable applicants from the under-represented designated groups in terms of the relevant employment equity plans and policies of the University. Designated groups as defined in the Employment Equity Act 55 of 1998, as amended, means black people, women and people with disabilities. 
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Closing Date: 31 July 2023
Please note that only applications via the website will be considered for shortlisting.  
The University reserves the right to verify all information provided by candidates and to verify credit standing. Please note that correspondence will only be entered into with short-listed candidates. 
The University reserves the right not to make an appointment or to re-advertise.