Senior Researcher

Company Human Sciences Research Council
Reference # ESDSR/072019
Published 11/07/2019
Contract Type Contract
11 Months
Salary Market Related
Location Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
In delivering ‘social science that makes a difference’ in South Africa and the region, 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, Sweetwaters, Pietermaritzburg, and Pretoria. Its public-purpose mandate is set out in the Human Sciences Research Council Act of 2008.

The Education and Skills Development Research Programme focuses on research that contributes to social transformation, human development and an inclusive economic growth path through an educated, skilled and informed citizenry. We conduct research to (i) Improve schooling outcomes, (ii) Aid young people to navigate the future of work, (iii) Transform higher education, and to (iv) Promote anti-racism and citizenship education.

One key area of research relates to mathematics and science education and engagements. The research is anchored in two major research projects: Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (with the Department of Basic Education) and the Science Engagement Strategy (with Department of Science and Technology). ESD is seeking to appoint a research staff member, to work on these research projects, on an 11 month contract to be based in Durban.

Senior Researcher x1
Based in HSRC Durban Office
Ref: ESDSR/072019

We are looking for an accomplished incumbent with experience in conducting surveys and in the area of science engagements.

Job Functions Research
Industries Research
Participate in the TIMSS and Science Engagement research projects;
•Conduct high level scholarly research which meets peer review requirements;
•Deliver high-quality results and reports to meet deadlines;
•Publish in refereed journals;
•Participate in dissemination activities related to the research conducted;

•A Master’s degree and at least two publications in the social or economic sciences;
•Ability to conduct research reviews;
•Ability to analyse quantitative data;
•A research interest in the above areas of research as evidenced by research reports or other publications;
•Writing skills necessary for publication in accredited peer-reviewed academic journals;
•Intellectual and personal integrity, imagination and drive;
•A strong user orientation, based on a commitment to social research that makes a difference;
•The ability and enthusiasm to engage as a team player in large scale research projects.

The HSRC offers attractive, market-related packages depending on qualifications and experience.

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 two of your peer-reviewed publications. Ensure that you indicate the reference number for the position you are applying for.

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 Skills Map. Further details of the HSRC and ESD can be found on our website at www.hsrc.ac.za

Enquiries about the nature of the position, and NOT applications, may be directed to Dr Vijay Reddy via email at vreddy@hsrc.ac.za

The HSRC is committed to improving the proportion of its staff who are black, female or disabled.

Closing date: 23 July 2019

We encourage applicants to submit prior to this 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.

The HSRC reserves the right not to make an appointment.


Job Closing Date 23/07/2019
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