The University of the Witwatersrand is a research-intensive university, with a large cohort of postgraduate students. The position of Postgraduate Education Specialist has been created to support academic staff across the university in enhancing postgraduate students’ experience. The post is located in the Centre for Learning, Teaching, and Development. Initially, the work will focus primarily on coordinating and designing learning opportunities for staff to develop their approach to supervision and explore innovative supervisory methods. Over time, the incumbent will also provide leadership in curriculum design and pedagogies for teaching postgraduate courses. The incumbent will work closely with the Postgraduate Research and Development Office, Postgraduate Affairs Office, Postgraduate Students Association, and faculties.

The key performance areas for this position are:

  • Identify staff learning needs in postgraduate education
  • Coordinate learning opportunities for staff involved in postgraduate education
  • Collaborate with internal stakeholders to enhance postgraduate education
  • Keep abreast of national and international trends in postgraduate education


A PhD (or equivalent) and substantial experience of supervising masters and doctoral students to completion. Experience of providing training in postgraduate supervision and knowledge of postgraduate curriculum design and pedagogies would be an advantage.

For more information on this position, please contact Dr. Gerrit Wissing:

Closing Date: 28 August 2023

To apply, please submit a covering letter explicitly addressing your suitability with respect to the key responsibilities of the position together with a detailed Curriculum Vitae with names, addresses, contact numbers and e-mail addresses of 3 referees. Please also attach certified copies of degrees/diplomas.

External applicants are invited to apply, by registering their profile on the Wits i-recruitment platform located at and submitting their application. Internal employees are invited to apply directly on Oracle by following the path: iWits /Self Service application/“Apply for a job”

The University is committed to employment equity. Preference may be given to appointable applicants from the underrepresented designated groups in terms of the relevant employment equity plans and policies of the University. The University retains the right to verify all information provided by candidates.

Please note that correspondence will only be entered into with shortlisted candidates. The University reserves the right not to make an appointment or to re-advertise.