One of the critical themes in the strategic direction of the Department of Geosciences at the NMU is an African-rooted research and scholarship approach to the sustainability and resilience of socio-spatial processes and landscapes. The NMU is for that reason seeking to appoint a Human Geographer in this department. The core purpose of this position is to:
– Promote excellence in under and post-graduate teaching and research in the social sustainability discourse, indigenous knowledge, and resilience of socio-spatial processes and landscapes focus areas, amongst others;
– Supervise relevant student research at Masters and Doctoral levels; and
– Be part of a research team (and possibly playing a leading role therein) with a focus on the last mentioned focus areas.
KEY PERFORMANCE AREAS
Facilitate learning processes in the Department of Geosciences.
Promote research in the Department of Geosciences, among others in the social sustainability discourse, indigenous knowledge, and the resilience of socio-spatial processes and landscapes focus areas.
Leverage research funding from funding organizations.
Develop collaboration with other scientists in trans-disciplinary studies.
Possess expert knowledge in the theory and application of social geography, social sustainability and sustainable development, and sustainability discourse analysis.
Demonstrated pursuit of a distinct research trajectory.
Demonstrated supervision of student research at Masters and Doctoral levels.
Excellent communication skills.
Proven ability to engage research stakeholders, students and decision makers, and other relevant parties.
Possess cutting-edge skills in qualitative research techniques.
Proven ability to successfully develop under and postgraduate courses.
Candidates must have the following:
A PhD degree in a field relevant to the position.
5 years relevant working experience
A strong background in Human Geography.
Evidence of a research focus in the social sustainability discourse, indigenous knowledge, and the resilience of socio-spatial processes and landscapes focus areas.
Evidence of supervision of Masters and Doctoral student research.