Associate Professor / Senior Lecturer - Centre for Medical Ethics and Law

Stellenbosch (ZA)
02 Aug 2017
End of advertisement period
01 Sep 2017
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Law
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

Stellenbosch University

Centre for Medical Ethics and Law
Tygerberg Campus

Associate Professor / Senior Lecturer (Part-time 5/8 Position)
(Ref. TGB00/229/0717)

(Three-year contract post)

Reporting to the Director of the CMEL, the incumbent will contribute to the academic and managerial responsibilities of the Centre. This will include both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, as well as GCP and CPD training, supervision of research, development of curricular materials within the area of medical ethics and medical law, own research, and writing of grants applications.



Undergraduate teaching:

  • Assisting with first, second and fifth year MBChB teaching and assessments;
  • Serving as secundus in the absence of the chair of the MBChB 5 Module;

Postgraduate teaching:

  • Assisting with the new PhD (Clinical and Research Ethics) programme, including communication with students and supervisors;
  • Providing co-supervision and guidance to students as required;
  • Arranging external examiners and organising oral examinations;
  • Developing online courses in medical ethics and medical law for various audiences;
  • Presenting CPD talks as required;
  • Assisting with GCP training.


  • Assisting with current research projects in the Centre, including WHO-related projects;
  • Searching for new funding opportunities in bioethics and assisting with applications for new funding opportunities;
  • Preparing articles for publication;
  • Reviewing articles for international and national bioethics journals;
  • Undertaking independent research in bioethics;
  • Assisting with the development of online courses in research ethics;
  • Assisting with the organisation of the annual research ethics seminar/other conferences.

Community interaction:

  • Serving on the Clinical Ethics Committee (CEC) of Tygerberg Hospital;
  • Responding to queries received via the Ethics Hotmail and Ethics Hotline in the Centre;
  • Assisting with the annual bioethics seminar and conferences hosted by the Centre.


  • A Master’s degree in bioethics/medical ethics/medical law, or a Master’s in any discipline plus postgraduate training in bioethics with a Bachelor’s qualification in health sciences;
  • In the absence of a Bachelor’s degree in health sciences, the candidate will be required to have at least three to five years of experience teaching bioethics in a health sciences environment;
  • Proven research experience in the form of publications, preferably within the context of bioethics/medical law;
  • Fluency in English (writing, reading and speaking).


  • A PhD (with a focus on bioethics);
  • Postgraduate supervision of students;
  • Experience in teaching medical ethics and/or medical law, including online training;
  • Experience working in a clinical health environment;
  • A history of successful funding applications;
  • Ability to analyse qualitative research data using NVIVO/Atlas.

Commencement of Duties: 1 October 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter
Closing Date: 25 August 2017.

Enquiries regarding job content: Prof Keymanthri Moodley on 021 938 9600
Enquiries regarding remuneration/benefits as well as technical assistance with the electronic application process: Human Resources Division, Tygerberg Campus on 021 938 9636.

The University will consider all applications in terms of its Employment Equity Plan, which acknowledges the need to diversify the demographic composition of the staff corps, especially with regard to the appointment of suitable candidates from the designated groups.

The University reserves the right not to make an appointment.

Your application, comprising a comprehensive curriculum vitae (including the names and e-mail address of at least three referees), must reach the University before or on the closing date of the advertised post.

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

The University reserves the right to investigate qualifications and conduct background checks on all candidates.

Should no feedback be received from the University within six weeks of the closing date, kindly accept that your application did not succeed.