The UFS Department of Chemistry currently has the following post-doctoral positions available:

  • Two positions in the field of organic synthesis and process upscaling.
  • One position in the field of hydrometallurgy specializing in e-waste and Lithium battery beneficiation.

Researchers interested in these positions should send a detailed CV to Prof D Visser.

  • The UFS Department of Chemistry also has a position available for a PhD candidate specialising in hydrometallurgy. This position evolves conducting research on REE recovery from mine tailings as part of the ERAMIN3 project. Candidates interested in this position should send a detailed CV to Prof D Visser.
Chemistry Department
 

This year, we as a Chemistry department celebrate the 115th anniversary at the UFS. From humble beginnings, we gradually expanded over the years to become one of the biggest departments on the UFS campus and one of the best Chemistry departments in South Africa. The Department of Chemistry is present on all three UFS campuses, and offers various undergraduate, honours, master's, and doctoral degrees in chemistry. Our research covers all four major chemistry disciplines (Analytical, Inorganic, Organic, and Physical), and this research includes the development of new cancer-fighting and -imaging agents, working towards greener energy solutions, searching for natural anti-epileptic drugs, and developing new metal-extraction processes to utilise our natural mineral resources for a prosperous country. Our various research teams are recognised internationally, dedicated towards teaching, but most of all, committed to making the world a better place for us all. Research equipment worth millions of rand is waiting for you to explore. Why not change the world? Why not you?

Undergraduate Studies

The Bloemfontein Campus offers the following learning programmes in Chemical and Physical Sciences:

  • Physics and Chemistry
  • Chemistry in combination with a biological subject

For more information, please consult the Faculty Booklet and Rule Book.

The Qwaqwa Campus offers the following learning programmes in Chemical and Physical Sciences:

  • Chemistry in combination with a biological subject

For more information, please consult the Faculty Booklet and Rule Book.

The South Campus offers the following Extended Curriculum Programme:

  • BSc Extended Curriculum majoring in Mathematics and Chemistry

For more information, please consult the Faculty Booklet and Rule Book.

Closing date for undergraduate applications: 30 September

Postgraduate Studies

The Bloemfontein and Qwaqwa Campuses offer the following degrees in Chemistry:

  • BSc Honours in Chemistry
  • MSc in Chemistry
  • PhD in Chemistry

For more information, please consult the Faculty Rule Book.

Applications to join the Honours programme in 2025 are now open. Prospective applicants should access the Positions available page on this website, complete the Honours Application Form_Chemistry and return it to department with the required information via email to the Bloemfontein Departmental Administrative Officer (AndrewsEDA@ufs.ac.za) or Qwaqwa Departmental Administrative Officer (MotsoenengMA@ufs.ac.za) before 30 September. Prospective applicants should also urgently Apply Online before 30 September in order to be officially accepted into the Honours programme (however, application does not necessarily mean acceptance into the Chemistry Honours programme).


Follow-up correspondence will take place to request preliminary second-semester marks. Selection takes place before 31 October and all candidates will be informed on the outcome of their application. Selection is final and successful candidates will receive the date when the programme will start in 2025.

The closing dates for MSc, PhD studies, and postdoctoral researchers are at the end of each academic quarter (i.e., 31 March, 30 June, 30 September, and 31 December, annually) until further notice is posted. Evaluation of applications is done by a panel appointed by UFS Chemistry, and successful candidates will be informed of the decisions within one month after the application deadline.

Departmental Contact Details 
  
Administrative Officer - Bloemfontein Campus (General Enquiries): Eleanor Andrews
Email:AndrewsEDA@ufs.ac.za
Telephone:+27 51 401 9212
  
Administrative Officer - Qwaqwa Campus (General Enquiries):
Masilonyana Motsoeneng
Email:MotsoenengMA@ufs.ac.za
Telephone:+27 58 718 5486
  
Programme Director: Bloemfontein Campus (Academic Enquiries):Prof Johan Venter
Email:VenterJA@ufs.ac.za
Telephone:+27 51 401 3336
  
Programme Director: Qwaqwa Campus (Academic Enquiries):     Rantooa Moji
Email:MojiRG@ufs.ac.za
Telephone:+27 58 718 5130
  
Programme Director: South Campus (Academic Enquiries):   Pieter Bothma
Email:BothmaPJ@ufs.ac.za
Telephone:+27 51 505 1381
  
Head of Department:                          Prof Deon Visser
Email:VisserHG@ufs.ac.za
Telephone:+27 51 401 2497




BLOEMFONTEIN CAMPUS FACULTY CONTACT

Elfrieda van den Berg (Marketing Manager)
T: +27 51 401 2531
E:vdberge@ufs.ac.za

QWAQWA CAMPUS FACULTY CONTACT

Dilahlwane Mohono (Faculty Officer)
T: +27 58 718 5284
E:naturalscienceqq@ufs.ac.za

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