Lecturer nGap: Dietetics

Location: Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Salary: Market related
Recruiter: HR Genie
Job Ref: 4840
Summary: - Studying towards a doctoral degree or undertaking post-doctoral research work; Based on the reduc



Job Description


The nGap programme is designed to recruit new academics to Universities in line with their development plans and to enable new academics to benefit from teaching and research development opportunities. The Department of Dietetics is looking for a qualified, experienced dietitian, registered in South Africa, with in depth knowledge of hospitals, district clinics and student training in practical work.   This person must be willing to study towards a doctorate or take on post-doctoral work and will get a reduced teaching load that will increase over time.  In addition, responsibilities will include co-ordination and implementation of work integrated learning, lecturing (theory and practical skills) and taking full responsibility for various modules, including the administration and co-ordination of these modules.  Duties will also include module and programme development, co-ordination, negotiation and implementation and supervision of post-graduate students.  There are administrative duties in the Department as well, in which the person must take part. 


  • Studying towards a doctoral degree or undertaking post-doctoral research work;

Based on the reduced work load that will increase on an annual basis:

  • Lecturing and taking full responsibility for various modules (both theoretical and practical components) according to the needs of the Department, including the co-ordination and administration;
  • Assist with research in the department and supervision of senior undergraduate and post-graduate students in research;
  • Guide students in work integrated learning and assist in the co-ordination of work integrated learning;
  • Assist with academic and operational administration, including development work;
  • Work closely with the other members of the Department of Dietetics and School of Behavioural and Lifestyle Sciences.


  • Show evidence of eligibility to undertake postgraduate study at doctoral level or postdoctoral level, and write proposals and articles;
  • Good knowledge of theory and application of the various fields of dietetics, including Food Service Management and Food Science;
  • In depth experience in working in hospitals and clinics;
  • Good teaching skills and experience in teaching;
  • Good relationships with students;
  • Good negotiation skills;
  • Strong administrative skills;
  • Ability to compile student guides and manuals;
  • Proven ability to facilitate learning of students in theoretical and practical components of dietetics.


  • Master’s degree in Dietetics with an average of at least 70%;
  • Demonstrable interest in becoming a successful academic;
  • nGap appointees must be South African citizens or permanent residents in South Africa;
  • Be willing to commit at NMU for a minimum of six years;
  • At least two years of experience in working in Food Service Management is necessary;
  • Educational qualification will be a strong recommendation;
  • Must be registered as a dietitian with the HPCSA;
  • Valid driver’s license and own transport;
  • A PDP will be a strong recommendation;
  • Be able to work after hours and weekends when required for practical work

Please note that candidates who are invited for an interview will be expected to undergo a competency-based assessment of skills.  Candidates will be given sufficient time to prepare for this.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION e.g. contact person and telephone number, e-mail; etc.



Travel between the various campuses of the university, various hospitals and district clinics around Port Elizabeth and other towns and cities in the Eastern Cape will be required.

Closing date: 23 October 2020



 No applicant would be accepted after the closing date (Friday 23 October 2020).  

 Nelson Mandela University reserves the right not to make an appointment. In considering candidates for appointment into the advertised posts, preference will be accorded to persons from a designated group in accordance with the approved Nelson Mandela University Employment Equity Plan.


No applicant would be allowed to apply and/or would be accepted after the closing date (Friday 23 October 2020).  


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