Lecturer in Optometry
University of the Free State
South Africa

Faculty of Health Sciences
Department of Optometry


Job ID: 3509

KINDLY TAKE NOTE: Applications may only be submitted online through the official UFS vacancy website: http://www.ufs.ac.za/templates/vacancies. Applications submitted through any other platform will not be considered. 

*NB! Applications may only be submitted online. Please ensure that all relevant documentation is attached to your application. INCOMPLETE OR APPLICATIONS SENT VIA EMAIL WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

• a detailed curriculum vitae and cover letter (please note that the first three (3) referees on your CV will be contacted with regard to reference checking);
• certified copies (not older than 6 months) of all academic records;
• certified copies (not older than 6 months) of qualifications (please provide the SAQA accreditation in the case of foreign qualifications);
• a certified copy (not older than 6 months) of your identity document (ID);
• Proof of current registration with the Health  Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA);
• An official letter from training institution confirming attainment of diagnostic privileges (if not yet registered with HPCSA);
• A copy of your driver’s license;
• Proof of published article (paper).

Duties and responsibilities:

• Teach Contact Lenses and Ethics modules.
• Set and mark tests and examinations for the above modules.
• Teach and supervise students in clinical settings.
• Teach practicals as assigned by the head of department.
• Perform administrative work regarding the modules offered by service departments.
• Supervise undergraduate and postgraduate students in their research projects.
• Supervise students in Inter-professional education projects.
• Participate in community-based education.

Inherent requirements:

• A Master degree on NQF level 9 (nine) in Optometry.
• A minimum of three (3) years’ relevant experience in Contact Lenses.
• Proven experience in the delivery of poster or oral presentations at conferences or equivalent activities.
• At least one (1) published article (paper) in an accredited journal.
• Registered with Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) as an independent optometrist with diagnostic privileges or an official letter from the training institution confirming that the applicant has qualified with diagnostic privileges (attach proof).
• A valid driver’s license.

Required competencies: 

• Results oriented:
- The ability to set high standards, establish tough goals and to work to achieve success.  
- The ability to be reliable, responsible, dependable and to fulfil obligations.

• Strategic thinking:
- The ability to focus on details, work towards perfection, and approach work in a neat and organised manner.
- The ability to carefully analyse information and use logic to address issues and problems at work.

• Business acumen:
- The ability to adhere to rules and strictly follow work regulations
- Proficient in using MS Office.

• Leading:
- The ability to lead, take charge of situations, and offer opinions and directions to others.
- The ability to be cooperative with others, display a good-natured attitude and encourage people to work together.

• Building coalitions:
- The ability to be sensitive and understanding to the needs and feelings of others.
- The ability to interact with others and establish personal connections with people.


• Doctoral degree or willingness to enrol for a doctoral degree in Optometry at the first available opportunity, if not yet attained by the time of the appointment.
• Teaching experience in Contact Lenses and Ethics modules.

Assumption of duties:

As soon as possible.

Closing date:

2 October 2020.


The salary scale is available on request.


For enquiries, please feel free to contact 051 401 7705/ 7267/ 9848/ 9003 or email Recruit@ufs.ac.za 


The University reserves the right not to fill the post. The University subscribes to and applies the principles prescribed by the Employment Equity Act. Preference will be given to candidates from the designated groups, in accordance with the principles of the aforementioned act and the employee profile of the specific department/ division. 

The UFS is committed to the pursuit of excellence, diversity and redress in achieving its equity targets. Our Employment Equity Plan is available at https://ufsacza.sharepoint.com/sites/supportservices/hr/Resources/Employment%20Equity%20Plan_July2017.pdf. For this post, we seek particularly to attract black (i.e. African, Coloured and Indian) and disabled South African candidates.

The UFS will only consider applications of candidates who meet all the inherent requirements of the position. Applications that are incomplete will not be considered. Communication will be limited to shortlisted candidates only. Should you not be contacted within six weeks of the closing date for applications, you may assume that your application was unsuccessful.


External candidates can click HERE to apply online.
UFS staff members can log onto PeopleSoft, click on Self Service, then on Recruiting, and then on Careers to apply online.


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