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The South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) is aimed at increasing scientific research capacity through the development of human capacity and stimulating the generation of new knowledge. The Tshwane University of Technology was awarded six Tier One Research Chairs in 2012 and is calling for candidates to fill the position for the abovementioned Chair for the Phase Two call.
The Research Chair will embark on targeted research, which addresses the adequacy (or inadequacy) of energy supply and the resulting societal and global environmental impacts of energy exploitation. This is because the demand for efficient and clean energy for global energy security and survival is of paramount importance. Based on energy in nature being a multidisciplinary subject, the Chair will also be expected to bring together the relevant engineering and social science fields in the University, namely the built environment, physics, materials science, environmental science and management, economics and social studies. In this context, the Chair will address, among others, the following themes: cleaner fuels technologies, energy efficiency of thermal systems, green buildings, consumer awareness in the energy field, energy economics and the environmental impacts of energy systems, and will see to the advancement of the research efforts of the various inter-related disciplines in the University that aim at (but are not limited to) achieving cleaner conversion technologies, the efficient utilisation of energy, social dynamics, effective policy directions and climate change solutions.

For more information on the Chair, please go to: http://www.tut.ac.za/other/RnI/RC/Pages/default.aspx

Core functions

  • Involvement in research and innovation activities (publications and presentations), supervision of postgraduate students and securing external research funding
  • Involvement in the development of research capacity within the department
  • Participation in community service projects relevant to current research projects
  • Industry liaison


  • The candidate should be an established researcher who is recognised internationally as a leader in his or her field, and/or has received substantial international recognition for his or her research contributions.
  • Must have an excellent track record in student training at postgraduate level.
  • Must be willing to reside in South Africa for the period of the Chair.
  • Must be willing to enter into a contract for FIVE years, which is renewable to another five or ten years up to a maximum of 15 years, based on performance.
  • Successful candidates should be prepared to submit a full project proposal in the Chair’s area.


Prof J. Munda: MundaJL[at]tut.ac.za

An interested candidate should:

Complete the CV template available at http://www.tut.ac.za/vacancies, attach his or her full CV and submit electronically torecruitment1[at]tut.ac.za and baileyg[at]tut.ac.za.

For detailed information on the SARChI Phase Two call, please go to: http://www.nrf.ac.za/funding_overview.php?fid=117


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