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Principal Technical Officer in the Department of Human Kinetics and Ergonomics

Rhodes University

Principal Technical Officer in the Department of Human Kinetics and Ergonomics

Engineering & Technical, Eastern Cape Grahamstown

R 444 203 Annually

Principal Technical Officer in the Department of Human Kinetics and Ergonomics

Recognising that diversity is important in achieving excellence, Rhodes University especially encourages South African members of underrepresented designated groups to apply. Spouses and Partners of existing staff members are also encouraged to apply.

Please note that this appointment will be made in line with the requirements of the Employment Equity Act of RSA and the University’s recruitment and selection policies and equity strategies. The initial focus will be on equity candidates.

In terms of Immigration Legislation (Act No. 13 of 2002 & Regulations), international staff members (non-SA citizens) have to comply with the provisions of the Act. This therefore means that the period of employment to non-SA citizens will be guided by the validity period of the work permit.  In line with legislation governing employment of foreign nationals, employment contracts will be offered on the basis that a development plan would be implemented for the transfer of skills to a South African resident. The onus is on candidates to ensure that they are in possession of a valid work permit before the commencement of employment at the University, failing which the employment with Rhodes University will be terminated.

NB: Preference will be given to candidates from the designated group and Rhodes University reserves the right to re-advertise if no suitably qualified South African Black applicant is recommended for appointment.

 Partners and spouses of Rhodes University staff are encouraged to apply.


B. Degree/Diploma (preferably in either Mechanics AND Electronics/IT OR equivalent) with approximately 4 years’ relevant experience where such experience includes: –

  • Previous experience in designing and building mechanical and electronic equipment
  • Previous experience in connecting computerised devices to electrical and mechanical systems.
  • Previous carpentry and welding experience.  Previous engineering experience will be a considerable advantage.
  • Previous computer application experience using standard office and communication software such as Word, Excel, Email and the Internet
  • Previous experiences in working with human physiology and biological signals will be a considerable advantage.

Additional Requirements:

VERY IMPORTANT: The system DOES NOT allow for multiple attachments and please ensure that your attachments do not exceed a size limit of 2MB. This means that candidates should submit all the documentation as one pdf attachment for each application i.e. an application form, a letter of motivation which clearly indicates the level they are applying for, a comprehensive CV and relevant certificates including academic transcripts. If your documents will exceed the size limit, please send the rest of the attachments to:

If you have any questions or experiencing challenges with the system, please contact Ms Mericha Maccario on 046 603 8001 or

Failure to submit such documentation will result in an application not being considered. Please examine the following documents:

Selection Process (provisional dates, subject to change):

Short-listing Date: 22 March 2019

Interview Date: the week of 1 April 2019


Grade 12

Basic salary Pension/Provident fund: R 333,901.00

Cost to company approximately: R 444,203.00

Closing Date: 18 March 2019

An employment check will be conducted on successful candidates.

Other Benefits: medical aid, funeral benefit, retirement fund, group life