African Research Fellow

Company Human Sciences Research Council
Reference # Ref: CeSTII ARF 01/2019
Published 05/02/2019
Contract Type Contract
5 Years
Salary Market Related
Location Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
In delivering ‘social science that makes a difference’, the Research Programmes of the Human Sciences Research Council initiate and undertake policy-oriented research projects and programmes from its offices in Cape Town, Durban, Pietermaritzburg, Port Elizabeth and Pretoria. Its public-purpose mandate is set out in the Human Sciences Research Council Act of 2008.

The Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators (CeSTII) is a specialist research centre within the Human Sciences Research Council that is dedicated to producing policy relevant research and statistical analysis in the domain of science, technology and innovation. CeSTII has a vision to be a thought and practice leader, as well as, an acknowledged site of excellence in its field and aims to consolidate its position as a value-adding component of South Africa’s national innovation system. CeSTII seeks to build on the existing strong team and excellent reputation by expanding to include an African Research Fellow in the area of science, technology and innovation policy as well as economic development and other social science disciplines.

Research Programme
CeSTII’s core business is to deliver high quality products such as the national Research and Development expenditure surveys, and the national innovation survey, as well as commissioned projects, which have included work on technology commercialisation, internationalization of R&D, R&D expenditure and innovation patterns in the agricultural sector, and innovation in the bio economy. The existing strengths, new capabilities and competencies will enable a focus on new areas which include, but are not limited to innovation processes in informal and rural settings, and the policy implications arising from these; the technological and learning opportunities and challenges arising from mitigation and adaptation to climate change; the innovation implications of the national green economy strategy; and the potential role of innovation in promoting and facilitating inclusive development that contributes to alleviating poverty, promoting equality and reducing unemployment.

African Research Fellow
(Ref: CeSTII ARF 01/2019)
Cape Town based 5 year contract

Senior scholars (PhD minimum requirement) who are citizens of African countries, outside South Africa are invited to apply for a contract position (for up to five years) at the HSRC.

Applicants must be Africans who are neither citizens of nor have permanent residence status in South Africa. Although the HSRC will endeavour to facilitate the process, it will be the candidate’s responsibility to secure a work permit in accordance with the South African Government's applicable legislation and procedures.

Job Functions Research
Industries Research
•Conducting and managing high level scholarly research (using qualitative and/or quantitative methodologies) which meets the challenge of peer review, and has both strategic and policy relevance;
•Identifying research partners and stakeholders who can become part of the Research Programmes network;
•Designing and managing programmes for problem-oriented interdisciplinary research;
•Responding to requests for tenders and formulating grant applications;
•Networking with major users and funders of social science research to communicate our research needs;
•Building national and international research links;
•Delivering high-quality research results and reports to budget and deadline;
•Communicating research findings and publishing in refereed journals;
•Facilitating partnerships with the government, universities, NGOs and the private sector.

•A relevant PhD is a minimum requirement for the position;
•Strong research and publication record;
•Intellectual and personal integrity, imagination and drive;
•A strong user orientation, based on a commitment to social science research that makes a difference;
•The ability and enthusiasm to engage as a team player in large scale multidisciplinary research, to manage research teams, and to mentor and train their members;
•Strength in research methods and design;
•The versatility to apply quantitative and qualitative methodologies to challenging subject matter across disciplinary boundaries.

The HSRC offers attractive, market-related packages depending on qualifications and experience. Successful applicants will be based in Cape Town.
Applications: In your application, please include a letter of motivation, your CV, and the names of three contactable referees (with telephone, fax and e-mail contact details), and copies of up to three of your sole or first-authored peer-reviewed publications. The HSRC will only consider applications that include the above requirements. Applicants may be required to undertake a written exercise in the competencies required for the position.

Please submit your application on-line at http://hsrc.jb.skillsmapafrica.com/
If you experience challenges uploading documents, you may send them to recruitment@hsrc.ac.za indicating the reference number in the subject line but you will still need to register your application on SkillsMap. For further information about the HSRC or the post, please consult our website (www.hsrc.ac.za).

The HSRC is committed to accelerating the improvement in the proportion of its researchers who are black, female or disabled.

ENQUIRIES (NOT CV’s or APPLICATIONS TO BE SUBMITTED) may be directed to Glenda Kruss gkruss@hsrc.ac.za

Only applications that comply with these requirements will be considered.

Closing date: 20 February 2019. We encourage applicants to submit prior to that date. Applicants who have not been contacted within eight weeks should assume that their application has been unsuccessful. Only applicants who are interviewed will be advised of the outcome of their applications.


Job Closing Date 20/02/2019
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