By | February 13, 2023

Associate Professor in Biochemistry & Cell Biology Needed for Immediate Employment at University of Botswana | Closes 2nd March, 2023






Duties: The successful candidate will be expected to 

i) Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in  Biochemistry, Molecular Biology/Genetics; 

ii) Supervise both undergraduate and graduate student research projects;

iii) Conduct research in their area of expertise and also complement existing research areas in Molecular and Cell Biology; participate in other academic and professional activities of the department; 

iv) Render professional service and carry out any other duties as may be assigned by the Head of Department.

Requirements: Applicants should have:

(i) a PhD degree in Biochemistry or related field;

(ii) at least 6 years relevant teaching experience at a university or comparable institution;

(iii) a minimum of 12 pieces of research products (e.g. articles, book chapters, peer reviewed conference proceedings, etc.) published by recognized publishers. 8 of these must be articles in refereed/accredited journals in internationally recognized indexing databases. The remaining 4 publications could be journal articles, book chapters, peer reviewed conference proceedings, etc. published by recognized publishers. An academic book may be equivalent to a maximum of 4 articles in refereed/accredited journals, depending on the quality and standing of the publisher;

(iv) sustained research output: a minimum of 2 peer reviewed publications every 3 years;

(v) sustained research activity; ongoing externally supported research (e.g funded or commissioned);

(vi) regular paper/poster presentations at national but also increasingly at international conferences;

(vii) be lead and/or single author in at least one-third of the required journal publications. There should also be evidence of mentorship of early career scholars/graduate students;

(viii) publications should be spread nationally and/or internationally and across journals;

(viii) recognizable research impact, including but not limited to citations, the h-index, patents, policy applications, peer reviews, publications that are prescribed texts in other institutions etc. (required in at least 2 of the these);

(ix) recognized as being of national but increasingly international research standing (e.g. peer reviewing of new research proposals; reference in research committees; editor/guest editor/reviewer of refereed/accredited national and international publishers; editorial board member of an international publisher in a relevant field; invitations as keynote speaker at national and international conferences (required in at least 2 of the these);

(x) evidence of governance and social engagement;

(xi) research collaborations with other institutions or organisations;

(xii) research collaboration with cognate disciplines in the University;

(xiii) external examiner for Masters and/or PhD theses nationally and/or internationally. 

The following will be added advantages: 

(i) research awards and other forms of research recognition, where appropriate.

The curriculum vitae should contain a detailed list of published works, clearly specifying titles of publications, ISBN numbers (for books, book chapters and conference proceedings), dates of publications, names of publishers, name/s of co-authors if any and number of pages. The works should be categorized into books, book chapters, refereed journals, non-refereed works, consultancies and practical media projects.

Remuneration:  The University offers competitive salaries and benefits commensurate with experience and qualifications. For more information on the University, please visit our website;

How to Apply: Applicants are to address the stated qualification and provide other information to assist the University determine their suitability for the position.  They should also quote the vacancy number of the post applied for, provide current CV’s (including telephone, telefax and email), certified copies of educational certificates and transcripts, three reference letters, and send complete documentation to: The Human Resource Manager, Faculty of Sciences, Private Bag UB 00704, Gaborone, Botswana; Telephone: (267) 355 2454/2969, Fax (267)3185099; E-mail:   

Applicants should inform their referees to: (i) Quote the Vacancy number and position applied for and (ii) submit their references directly to the above address, before stipulated closing date.

Hand delivered applications should be submitted to Block 233, Office No. 135 (233/135).

Closing date: 2 March 2023