Stellenbosch Institute of Advanced Study Jobs

Five-year term appointment with the
possibility of reappointment for a further term
Ref: STI/265/0817
The Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS) is a high-level research facility dedicated
to keeping South Africa and Africa at the forefront of international scientifi c developments. Initially
established by Stellenbosch University, it is now a fully independent PBO Company with its own Board
of Directors. It provides an environment where cutting-edge research can be focused on issues that are
of special relevance to Southern Africa and to Africa as a whole. It does so by inviting researchers of
international repute to work at the Institute for a concentrated period of time on carefully selected topics.
Reporting to the STIAS Board of Directors, you will be responsible for all aspects of the strategic and
operational functioning as well as maintaining and achieving the mission, vision, values and goals of
Responsibilities: • Raising STIAS’s profi le in Africa • Positioning STIAS as the preferred research
destination for scholars from all parts of the world • Providing strategic direction to STIAS in developing
the intellectual capital of Africa, especially by shaping future generations of scholars and intellectual
leaders • Building and maintaining constructive relationships with universities and other relevant
institutions, the research community, donors, decision makers and the general public • Establishing
and facilitating a climate conducive to optimal research • Responsible for internationalising the research programme • Overall responsibility for fundraising.
Requirements: • Relevant doctorate • Prominent research record and a proven research profi le
• Extensive experience in the initiation and management of high-level interdisciplinary research
• Well-established national, continental and international research networks • Established relations with research networks in Africa, including young upcoming scholars • Proven track record of successful fundraising for research • Record of managing fi nances and resources • Profound understanding of the strategic importance of basic research and the ability to articulate this to decision makers and potential donors • Ability to work constructively with scholars from different research traditions and to promote multidisciplinary research • Understanding the various scientifi c disciplines, their respective philosophical approaches and modes of operation as well as their needs • An entrepreneurial and innovative approach to research issues • Strong leadership, communication and interpersonal skills.

Commencement of duties: 1 April 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter
Closing Date: 29 September 2017
Enquiries regarding job content: Prof B Lategan at
Enquiries regarding remuneration/benefi ts as well as technical assistance with the electronic
application process: Human Resources Client Service Centre on 021 808 2753
Your application, comprising a comprehensive curriculum vitae (including the names and e-mail
addresses of at least three referees), must reach STIAS before or on the closing date of the advertised
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STIAS reserves the right to investigate qualifi cations and conduct background checks on all candidates as well as not to make an appointment.
Only successful candidates will be contacted within six weeks of the closing date.
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