Research and Technology Innovation (RTI) Focus Areas: Research Chair Programme

Call for expression of interest: 2 chairs (5-year contract)

  • Energy
  • Event Tourism Impacts, Legacies and Sustainability


The Cape Peninsula University of Technology vision is To be at the heart of technology education and innovation in Africa. An internationally acclaimed institution, it is the only university of technology in the Western Cape and is the largest university in the region with an enrolment of more than 30 000 students. The university has six faculties offering a wide range of accredited undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the fields of Applied Sciences, Business and Management Science, Education, Engineering, Informatics and Design as well as Health and Wellness Sciences.

The Research Chair programme is a strategic initiative which advances our 10 year plan for RTI within the ambit of seven research focus areas.   The programme is a strategic funding instrument aimed at strengthening research and innovation output, the development and training of a new generation of researchers and facilitating the growth of the RTI focus areas.   The National Research Foundation in South Africa has, since 2006, supported a research chair program, viz. SARChi. The CPUT Research chair instrument is modelled along the same lines as the NRF programme, and Chair candidates must meet same requirements and standard as the SARChi Tier 2 programme.

We have pleasure in issuing a call for an expression of interest for the following four Research Chairs.

Reasearch chair niche areas

1. Energy

Energy resourcing, energy management and energy application represent key areas of RTI focus within CPUT’s Faculty of Engineering. This research niche is cognisant of the inherent challenges in managing South Africa’s energy resources in ways that best contribute to the nation’s wealth and wellbeing. Whilst fossil fuels remain a dominant part of energy supply, the growth in renewable energy; the national interest in nuclear power; and the development of green fuels must all be considered in the development of a research and innovation niche area. The proposed niche area should also consider the systematic procurement, conversion and distribution of energy resources and the application of energy in ways that are appropriate to the needs of the urban poor.

The prospective Chair will drive a research agenda across disciplinary boundaries related to the sourcing, management and application of energy. Eligible applicants will have substantive research experience in one or more of the following fields:

  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • and the underlying sciences related to energy provision, conversion and utilisation

2. Event Tourism Impacts, Legacies and Sustainability

Tourism makes a vital contribution to South Africa and its potential to bring about economic growth and employment is recognised by government. Despite the growth that South Africa has experienced in Tourism, there is much room for improvement in terms of its competitiveness. Event tourism is highlighted as a growth area and key priority in the National Tourism Sector Strategy. Governments often invest considerable funds in bidding for and hosting events. South Africa has once again illustrated its propensity to host mega-events with the recent awarding of the 2022 Commonwealth Games off the back of a relatively successful 2010 FIFA World Cup™.

It is imperative to evaluate the extent to which these events achieve the objectives and delivers the returns which were envisaged. The focus of the Chair is to evaluate the scope of the impact and legacies of events, especially mega-events, as well as the sustainability and longevity thereof. The outcomes of the Chair’s research agenda will assist government and other key stakeholders in maximising events' societal benefits across the triple bottom line (economic, social and environmental).

Eligible candidates will have substantial research experience in one or more of the following fields:

  • Sport Tourism
  • Event Tourism
  • Mega-Events
  • Destination Marketing

Key responsibilities

The main goal of the Research Chair initiative is to strengthen and improve research and innovation capacity within CPUT, in order to produce high quality postgraduate students, research, and innovation outputs. The key responsibility of a Research Chair are to:

  • Expand the scientific research and innovation capacity at CPUT;
  • Improve our international research and innovation competitiveness while responding to social and economic challenges of the country;
  • Attract and retain excellent researchers and scientists;
  • Develop a strong post-doctoral cohort;
  • Increase the production of masters and doctoral graduates; and
  • Create research career pathways for young and mid-career researchers, with a strong research, innovation and human capital development output trajectory.
  • Plan and implement Research uptake activities which would ensure the application of research outcomes in a real world context.

Minimum requirements

Applicants must have:

  • a relevant doctoral degree
  • an international reputation for outstanding research in the indicated fields of the relevant niche area
  • a demonstrated track record in establishing and leading successful research team(s) and innovative research programmes
  • a proven capacity to attract competitive research funding
  • a record of successful attraction and supervision of postgraduate research students
  • proven excellence in academic leadership in research
  • be willing to reside in South Africa for the period of the Chair
  • a South African NRF – rating. Non-rated candidates will be expected to apply for rating within the first year of taking up the position.

Expression of interest

Applicants must submit an expression of interest (maximum 6 pages) which includes the following:

  • Indicate which Chair interest is being expressed in
  • Motivate how your profile and expertise fit into the objectives of the Research Chair
  • Set out your vision for the Chair and a broad framework of a proposed Research programme.
  • Attach a detailed CV which highlights your research output to date (including publications and supervision of postgraduate students and postdoctoral fellows)

Kindly submit your expression of interest and detailed CV directly to Mr Luzoko Masumpa, email:

After initial selection, and prior to appointment, the successful candidate will, in liaison with the host Faculty/Faculties, be required to submit a full project proposal, within a clearly delineated research niche for achieving the broadly stated goals of the Research Chair being applied for.

Enquiries regarding the Research Chair Programme may be directed to:
Dr Chris Nhlapo, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research, Technology innovation and Partnerships ( )


Prof Shaun Pather, Head: RTI Strategic Initiatives (