Professor / Associate Professor / Senior Lecturer in Industrial Development

Company:University of Johannesburg

Location:South Africa / Kingsway Campus Auckland Park

Discipline:Industrial Development (Development Economics, Political Economy, Trade, Industrial Policy, Innovation, or Industrial Organisation)

Employment Type:5-year fixed-term contract





The University of Johannesburg (UJ) is a vibrant and cosmopolitan university anchored in Africa and intent on global excellence and stature. With an emphasis on independent thinking, sustainable development and multiple partnerships, UJ is an international university of choice.

Job Description:

The University of Johannesburg invites suitably qualified individuals to apply for the position of Professor/Associate Professor/Senior Lecturer (5 year fixed-term contract), at a market-related remuneration package. This senior position falls under the DST/NRF South African Research Chair in Industrial Development (SARChI), led by Prof. Fiona Tregenna. This is a prestigious multi-year research programme, funded by the Department of Science and Technology through the National Research Foundation. This is a full-time research position, falling within the field of economics.

Research specialisations in fields related to industrial development will be considered, including development economics, political economy, trade, industrial policy, innovation, or industrial organisation. The incumbent will have a research agenda that is linked to industrial development.  Examples of relevant research interests could include but are not limited to the following: industrialisation; deindustrialisation; industrial policy; regional industrial development; technology and innovation; sectoral structure of the economy; industrial development and inequality / income distribution; industrial development and employment or unemployment; gender issues related to industrial development; financialisation.

There is a dynamic group of researchers working in related fields at the University of Johannesburg, including those at the Centre for Competition, Regulation and Economic Development (CCRED) and within the College of Business & Economics at UJ, associated with the MPhil. In Industrial Policy.

The incumbent will be expected to:

  • Undertake research and publish extensively, including in high-impact journals.
  • Supervise postgraduate students and may assist in supervising or collaborating with postdoctoral fellows.
  • Be involved in initiating and managing research projects.
  • Assist in the overall management of the Research Chair, including in academic administration and in supporting and deputising for the Chair holder as appropriate, and contribute to the various activities of the Research Chair.

There are no lecturing responsibilities associated with this position.

Minimum Requirements:

For appointment at Professor Level:

  • A Doctoral qualification (preferably in economics; applicants with a doctorate in a cognate discipline and with specialisation related to industrial development will also be considered).
  • Expertise in or linked to the field of industrial development.
  • National and international stature in field of expertise.
  • A sustained and extensive record of excellence in relevant high-impact academic publications.
  • An extensive and successful track record in supervising postgraduate students.

For appointment at Associate Professor Level:

  • A Doctoral qualification (preferably in economics; applicants with a doctorate in a cognate discipline and with specialisation related to industrial development will also be considered).
  • Expertise in or linked to the field of industrial development.
  • An excellent record of relevant academic publications.
  • Experience in supervising postgraduate students.

For appointment at Senior Lecturer Level:

  • A Doctoral qualification (preferably in economics; applicants with a doctorate in a cognate discipline and with specialisation related to industrial development will also be considered).
  • Expertise in or linked to the field of industrial development.
  • Some relevant academic publications.

Competencies and Behavioural Attributes:

  • The ability to publish in high-impact journals.
  • The ability to supervise graduate students.
  • Research management skills.
  • Good planning, organisational and management skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal English communications skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, as well as the ability to collaborate with colleagues.


  • Experience in supervising postgraduate students will be a recommendation for appointment at Senior Lecturer level (this is a requirement for appointment at Associate Professor and Professor level).
  • Experience in initiating, being awarded and/or managing large research projects.
  • An NRF rating (or equivalent), or the capability of obtaining one within three to five years.
  • Evidence of sourcing external research funding.

COMMENCEMENT OF DUTIES: As soon as possible.

Enquiries regarding job content: Prof Fiona Tregenna, Tel: +27 11 559 7454


Your application, comprising of a detailed Curriculum Vitae as well as the names and full contact details (including telephone numbers and e-mail addresses) of at least three traceable and credible referees must be uploaded before or on the closing date of the advertised post.  Please also attach the following: a copy of your highest academic qualification, proof of registration with professional bodies you might belong to and if applying for an academic position, a list of accredited research output and/ or a portfolio of your creative output.

Enquiries (UJ e-recruitment Portal)

If you have general enquiries regarding the advertised post, please send an e-mail with the subject line being the reference number of the post to

If you require technical support / assistance on the UJ e-recruitment website, please contact our service provider PNET on the following contact details: +27 10 140 3099 or email

Candidates may be subjected to appropriate psychometric testing and other selection instruments.


WARNING TO APPLICANTS: UJ does not charge any application, processing, training, interviewing, testing or other fee in connection with the application or recruitment process. Should you have received a solicitation for the payment of a fee, please disregard it. Furthermore, please note that emblems, logos, names and addresses are easily copied and reproduced. Therefore, you are advised to apply particular care when submitting personal information on the web. Should you feel that you have received a fraudulent notice, letter or offer that makes use of the name or logo of UJ, you may submit a report through the UJ’s Ethics hotline, operated by KPMG, by dialling 0800 204 975 toll-free from any Telkom landline. For more information please visit

In conjunction to merit on the basis of qualifications, experience and proven achievements the University of Johannesburg is committed to providing equal employment opportunities for persons with disabilities and those individuals from the historically disadvantaged groups. As necessitated by operational requirements the University reserves the right not to make an appointment to positions advertised. If you have not received a response from the University within 8 weeks of the closing date, you should assume that your application has been unsuccessful.

If you have a criminal record or there are any criminal proceedings pending against you, or if you are aware of any other information that may impact on the University of Johannesburg offering you a job, you are strongly encouraged to make the necessary disclosures during the interview. Please be aware that failure to do so could have serious consequences, including the possibility of termination of service if you are appointed and the information subsequently comes to the attention of the University of Johannesburg.

Contact Person:If you wish to apply for this position, please specify that you saw it on AKADEUS.

Previously Viewed: