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Jobs in Physics in South Africa

The South African Institute of Physics is not an employer of physicists. Please contact companies like Element 6, CSIR, Mintek, Sasol, Eskom, and all Physics departments at Universities and Universities of Technology for information on vacancies. Also, click on the Careers Junction link below for current jobs that require a knowledge of physics.

For the jobs listed below, please apply to the contact person stated in each job description. Please DO NOT apply to the Secretary. Applications to the Secretary will be deleted immediately.

Current Jobs



Department of Astronomy, University of Cape Town and the SAAO: Joint appointment

A Joint appointment in observational astronomy is available. Details are available from: http://www.saao.ac.za/about/vacancies/


UCT Physics Dept. - Associate Professors (two positions)

The Physics Department at UCT seeks two Associate Professors in Physics, in any sub-field of Physics relevant to the activities, interests and needs of the department. For more information click here.


NITheP,Postdoctoral Fellows (2 positions):


The Stellenbosch node of the South African National Institute for Theoretical Physics (NITheP) has two postdoctoral vacancies in the fields of Condensed Matter and Statistical Physics. The particular research focuses of this node are cold atoms, quantum transport and phase transitions.

The appointments will be made within the structure of Stellenbosch University on a two-year contract basis, with the possibility of renewal for one additional year.

For more information, click here.


IIASA: Research Assistant in the Energy Program


IIASAís Energy Program (ENE) focuses on the analysis of long-term interactions between energy, development, and the environment. The Programís central research objective is to provide overarching scientific and strategic analysis for improving understanding of future energy transitions.

In order to assist in its research activities the Program is seeking applications for the position of a Research Assistant. For more information, please visit: http://www.iiasa.ac.at/Admin/PE/Jobs/2010-07-ENE-RA.html


Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory, 2 positions:





Rhodes University - Department of Physics and Electronics


Professor\ Associate Professor\Senior Lecturer

The Department of Physics and Electronics at Rhodes University seeks to fill this position with an individual committed to teaching and research in Physics. The applicant must be in possession of a PhD, and have a proven track record in teaching and research, including leading a research programme.

For more information, please refer to this document.


UCT Electron Microscope Unit

- Chief Scientific Officer




DST - Internal Cooperation and Resources Programme

Chief Director: Overseas Bilateral Cooperation




UNISA - Department of Physics

Professor/Associate Professor, Senior Lecturer, Lecturer, Junior Lecturer




General Physics Job Links

  1. Search for current Physics Jobs on Career Junction.

  2. Jobs at the South African Astronomical Observatory.

  3. Jobs at the Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory.

  4. Jobs at the iThemba Laboratory for Accelerator-Based Sciences.

  5. Jobs at the CSIR.

  6. Jobs at NECSA.

  7. Jobs at Element 6.

  8. Jobs at Mintek.

  9. Jobs in Nuclear Physics - International

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