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Wits expands occupational hygiene research

Wits University is calling for applicants to appoint a professor in occupational hygiene research and teaching, orientated to mining.

The Wits School of Public Health (WSPH) will appoint an occupational health practitioner as occupational hygiene professor, since it has been awarded a Chair in Occupational Hygiene as part of a public-private partnership initiative.

The chair is funded by Anglo American to enhance research and teaching capacity, increase the number of skilled occupational hygienists, and improve the discipline of occupational hygiene in South Africa.

The position requires a PhD in occupational hygiene, or a related discipline; outstanding publication record in occupational hygiene-related work; record of postgraduate supervision and throughput; and a record of attracting independent funding.

The successful incumbent will be expected to lead a research programme in occupational hygiene, provide academic and strategic leadership in occupational hygiene policy and practice, and teach postgraduate students in occupational hygiene and related disciplines, including occupational health and occupational medicine.

There will be generous support for the incumbent by way of funding Masters and PhD students, and postdoctoral fellows.

Although this is a funded post, the incumbent will be expected to participate in, and initiate other, funding applications during his or her tenure.

The university has an active research and teaching programme in occupational hygiene, occupational health and occupational medicine, which works in close collaboration with researchers in the faculties of Sciences and Health Sciences and the National Institute of Occupational Health (NIOH).

The Wits University School of Public Health is based in a new building in Johannesburg.
The Wits University School of Public Health is based in a new building in Johannesburg.

There will be opportunity to join existing or new collaborations, with access to novel data sets. The university has excellent research in the fields of, medicine, public health and human, mathematics and Statistics and Actuarial Science Statistics.

This post may be filled at either the Professorial or Associate Professorial level, depending on the candidate’s experience. This 5-year post may be extended, dependant on funding.

The University offers an attractive remuneration package, which will depend on seniority and experience and is subject to the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg regulations.

The Wits School of Public Health (WSPH) is one of the largest schools of public health in South Africa with an international reputation for its teaching programmes, conducting high quality and relevant research, community outreach, and policy engagement activities.

• See a post on the planned CSIR programme in occupational health, on Sheqafrica.com.

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