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​​The University of Johannesburg has approved a prestigious program of lifting the University towards Global Excellence and Stature. Core to this initiative is the strengthening of our research capabilities and thus increasing research output, impact and citation. One of the core activities within this initiative is the appointment of Distinguished Professors and Distinguished Visiting Professors. Therefore, the University seeks to identify and appoint Research Professors and Visiting Research Professors of international standing who enjoy international recognition as outstanding leaders in their respective fields.


The Candidate must have the following minimum requirements:

  • A doctoral degree or equivalent qualification;
  • Be appointed at the level of a full Professor benchmarked internationally;
  • Be an outstanding and innovative researcher whose accomplishments have made a major impact in their field;
  • Be recognised internationally as an undisputed leader in their field and/or have received substantial international recognition for her/his research contributions (citations and impact of their research);
  • A superior record in attracting and supervising post-graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, taking into account the practices of the field;

  • Emphasis is placed on students training particularly at Masters and Doctoral level and research outputs with emphasis on citations and impacts. Incumbents are assessed on the number of students trained and graduated in the cycle, citation and impacts of their research.
  • Collaboration with international in international events such as conferences as well as publishing with international institutions/ scientists.
  • Both Distinguished Professors and Distinguished Visiting Professors must leverage additional funding (source external funding both nationally and internationally)

  • Distinguished Professors are appointed on a five year contract, full-time, and based in South Africa.
  • Distinguished Visiting Professors are appointed on a five year contract and are expected to spend about three months a year in South Africa (may be structured following negotiations with the faculty). There is a budget for remunerations and associated costs.

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