Walter Sisulu University: Professor P5 / Associate Professor P6 – Mechanical Engineering


Walter Sisulu University is a multi-campus, comprehensive university, with its seat at its Nelson Mandela Drive campus in Mthatha. The university has four campuses in Mthatha, Butterworth, Buffalo City and Queenstown, which are headed by Campus Rectors. Applications are hereby invited for the following position based in Butterworth Campus.


Applications are hereby invited for the following position:

Professor P5/Associate Professor P6: Mechanical Engineering, Permanent

Reference No: WSU-BTW2020/030

The WSU Professor is an academic with attributes as defined by the policy on academic appointments and promotions, with duties in teaching and learning, research and community engagement. The Professor is a prominent research leader with an outstanding track record and is expected to be supervising research/higher level post-graduate students.

Minimum Requirements


  •  A PhD/Doctorate qualification in the following relevant discipline: Mechanical Engineering


  • Ten years teaching experience.
  • Proven track record in teaching and learning, research (including publications in accredited journals) and community engagement, aligned to the requirements of the WSU Academic Promotions Policy.
  • Proven track record of supervising postgraduate students at Masters and/or Doctoral level.

Key Performance Areas

  • Contribute towards development and implementation of Walter Sisulu University teaching and learning strategy.
  • Contribute towards development and implementation of Walter Sisulu University teaching and learning Faculty Research Strategy.
  • Research fundraising and stewardship to donors.
  • Teach undergraduate and postgraduate students.
  • Academic administration.
  • Develop student-centre teaching methodologies.
  • Participate in planned and regular schedules of evaluative surveys.
  • Build community engagement activities into the curriculum.
  • Academic student development.
  • Act as a study leader of student or lecturer study groups.
  • Membership in professional bodies.
  • Develop and implement strategies to use ICT for teaching and learning.
  • Act as external examiner for post-graduate thesis.
  • Coach/mentor new student supervisors.
  • Take responsibility for allocation of fair workloads.
  • Develop research projects and research capacity within the Faculty.

Skills and Competencies Required:

  • Technical/ professional knowledge and skill
  • Resource Management
  • Building strategic alliances and partnerships
  • Personal impact, stature and credibility
  • Emotional intelligence and political sensitive


Closing Date: 28 October 2019          

Applicants who have not been informed about the outcome of their application within two months from the closing date may regard their application as having been unsuccessful.

“WSU is committed to Employment Equity and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply”