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Researcher

Company Human Sciences Research Council
Reference # CeSTII Researcher 09/2019
Published 04/09/2019
Contract Type Contract
36 Months
Salary Market Related
Location Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Introduction
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, 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, in the African context. 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 includes specialists in the area of science, technology and innovation measurement and policy, as well as economic development and other social science disciplines.

CeSTII wishes to appoint a suitably qualified and experienced candidate to fill a vacant position in its office in Cape Town. The main responsibility is to contribute to the national Research and Development and Business Innovation surveys.

CesTII Researcher
Three year contract

Reference: CeSTII Researcher 09/2019
Job Functions Research
Industries Research
Specification
•Contribute to the delivery and dissemination of high-quality policy-relevant research that achieves impact.
•Work, under supervision, on public purpose research projects across all research phases to specification, within budget and to deadline;
•Assist to effectively manage financial, human and other resources for optimal delivery of research projects;
•Coordinate and conduct fieldwork on surveys within budget and on time;
•Produce literature reviews, data management of collected data and qualitative transcripts;
•Analyse qualitative and quantitative data from primary and secondary sources;
•Contribute in the writing of high quality research reports (editing/quality control), policy briefs, peer-reviewed journal articles for publication and conference presentations;
•Participate in the dissemination of research findings to stakeholders and wider audiences through the drafting and delivery of presentations
•Assist in the planning and facilitation of stakeholder engagements;
Requirements
•An Honours degree, registered for a Master’s, and with a sound academic record;
•Expertise in one or more of the following areas: Science, Technology and Innovation measurement and policy, economic growth and development, sustainable development (SDG related) and quality of life, data and statistical analysis;
•At least two years research specific work experience in a related field;
•A sound grounding in quantitative research methods will be a strong recommendation;
•Qualitative analytical skills will be an advantage;
•Demonstrated practical experience with managing and coordinating fieldwork, with specific project references indicating roles played
•Practical experience in facilitating research stakeholder engagements;
•Excellent writing skills with proven capability of writing quality reports;
•Must have a valid drivers licence;
•Must be a team player with a strong work ethic and willingness to make a positive contribution to the team.

Abilities Statement
•Manage day to day research assignments effectively and professionally
•Deliver accurate work under pressure
•High levels of integrity, professionalism and ethical standards
•Courteous, respectful and professional in all communication and with fellow colleagues.


The level of appointment will depend on qualifications, experience, publication record and recent performance. All shortlisted applicants will be required to undertake a written competency exercise for this position. The HSRC offers attractive, market-related salaries, depending on qualifications, experience and recent performance.

APPLICATIONS: In your application, please include;
1.A cover letter of motivation indicating your suitability for the position;
2.A detailed CV which should clearly indicate your highest qualification; an indication of your quantitative and qualitative research experience; your post studies fieldwork experience;
3.Copies of up to three publications/research outputs that you have produced or co-author indicating your contribution to each publication;
4.Copies of university transcripts;
5.The details of three recent referees with telephone/cell number, e-mail, contact details and institutional affiliation. Your previous line manager must be one of your three referees. If the latter cannot be furnished then reasons why should be clearly stated.
6.A copy of current earnings on a cost-to-company basis;
THE HSRC WILL ONLY CONSIDER APPLICATIONS THAT INCLUDE THE ABOVE REQUIREMENTS.

Please submit your application on-line at http://hsrc.jb.skillsmapafrica.com/
Ensure you use Google Chrome or Firefox from a computer or laptop, and not a cell phone. Attachments must be less than 2 MB. Should you encounter challenges in applying for this post please contact Skillsmap directly – for Telephonic support: +27 12 420 7200; for Email support: skillsmapsupport@sage.com or support@skillsmapafrica.com. 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 Dr Neo Molotja on email nmolotja@hsrc.ac.za

Only applications that comply with these requirements will be considered.

Closing date: 14 September 2019. We encourage applicants to submit prior to the closing date. If you do not receive any response from us within eight weeks, please accept that your application was unsuccessful. Only candidates who are interviewed will be advised of the outcome of their application.

The HSRC reserves the right not to make an appointment.

APPLICATIONS FROM RECRUITMENT AGENCIES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
Job Closing Date 14/09/2019
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