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Associate Professor/Senior Lecturer: Medical Biochemistry

Nelson Mandela University

Associate Professor/Senior Lecturer: Medical Biochemistry

Post Code: 7396

Department: Health Science Management

Campus: Port Elizabeth


South Africa, Eastern Cape, PORT ELIZABETH

Nelson Mandela university is a dynamic African university offering an innovative health sciences education model aimed at addressing South African healthcare need as it establishes the country’s 10th medical school on its Missionvale campus. The university is seeking healthcare professionals who embrace the values of Nelson Mandela and who are committed to living his legacy in creating a more equal and just society for all.

Core Job Purpose:  Teaching of medical Biochemistry/Molecular and Cell Biology and Microbiology to first, second, and third year Medical and Health Sciences students; and coordinating integrated Basic Medical Science modules.

Key Performance Areas:

  • Teaching first, second, and third year medical and Faculty of Health Sciences students
  • Coordinating the delivery of the first year Basic Science module and the related required curriculum development
  • Assessment of students, including formative and summative assessment
  • Providing timeous academic and other support to students
  • Contributing to the development of research within the faculty
  • Establishment and oversight of a Biochemistry teaching laboratory.

Core Competencies:

  • At least three years’ experience teaching Medical and Health science students
  • Up-to-date subject knowledge
  • Experience with curriculum development and module management of Health Science courses
  • Experience in up-to-date teaching and with excellent student-focused teaching skills
  • Sound research experience in Health Sciences
  • Good managerial and administrative skills
  • MSWord, PowerPoint and Excel skills and the willingness to learn internal software programs.

Minimum Requirements:

  • An academic qualification with a Ph.D in Biochemistry/Molecular and Cellular Biology or an MBChB with registration as a Specialist with the HPCSA or
  • A clinical qualification with a Ph.D or a Ph.D thesis in the above that has been submitted for assessment where the applicant is awaiting a successful outcome
  • A qualification in Health Sciences Education will be an added advantage.


  • Accreditation/membership/affiliation with a recognised University /professional /national scientific council or HPCSA where applicable.


  • A good success rate in teaching and learning, evidenced by sustained positive feedback from teaching surveys, teaching awards or through other forms of evidence
  • Familiarity with the use of creative teaching methodologies and learning technologies, including blended and online approaches to improve student learning
  • Ability to actively engage with students and provide a student-focused learning approach
  • Facilitate horizontal and vertical integration of content across modules
  • Ability to provide oversight to ensure that assessments are quality-controlled and standardised, and that learning materials and equipment are in place
  • Ability to teach or co-supervise appropriate sections of Honours and/or Masters’ courses as required
  • Knowledge of the requirements and operationalisation of an effective, functional Biochemistry teaching laboratory.


  • Experience in pre-clinical research and/or clinical trials’ research and the potential/willingness to contribute to the development of a research unit within the Medical programme.


  • Ability to contribute to an inclusive and collegial environment that encourages a high level of performance, communication and teamwork
  • Ability to problem-solve under pressure and to work collaboratively to resolve problems
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to collaborate effectively and work with people in an interdisciplinary, multicultural environment.

Kindly submit a cover letter, CV and certified copies of qualifications, ID and driver’s licence to Ms Fa-eeza Grimsel; tel. 041 504 3555 or via e-mail:

Closing date for all applications: 28 July 2019

Nelson Mandela University reserves the right not to make an appointment. In considering candidates for appointment into the advertised posts, preference will be accorded to persons from a designated group in accordance with the approved University’s Employment Equity Plan.