Company Human Sciences Research Council
Reference # SRS HSC 07/2021CT2 / SRS HSC07/21P1.
Published 14/07/2021
Contract Type Contract
Salary Market Related
Location Nationwide, Nationwide, 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 and Pretoria. Its public-purpose mandate is set out in the Human Sciences Research Council Act of 2008.

The Human and Social Capabilities research programme within the HSRC employs a multi-disciplinary group of social scientists and public health specialists who conduct numerous empirical and policy-related studies each year, three-quarters of which are donor-funded. The Human and Social Capabilities division conducts transdisciplinary, intersectional, policy and programme-relevant research to improve health, well-being and promote a socially just and cohesive society.

The HSC programme seeks to appoint a dynamic individual with a PhD plus a Master’s degree in either Public Health or Epidemiology as well as several years of appropriate research experience

1 based in Pietermaritzburg and 2 based in Cape Town/Pretoria)
5-year contract
Reference: SRS HSC 07/2021CT2
SRS HSC07/21P1.

Job Functions Research
Industries Research
The Senior Research Specialist will be expected to participate in all aspects of the research process as he/she works with staff on research projects. In addition to the responsibility to publish journal articles, a Senior Research Specialist will contribute to the sustainable growth of the HSC Research Programme.

•Leading and conducting high level scholarly research using quantitative and qualitative methodologies which meet the challenge of peer review, and has both strategic and policy relevance;
•Networking with major users and funders of Public Health research to understand their research needs;
•Responding to calls for proposals and formulating grant applications;
•Delivering high-quality results and reports to budget and deadline;
•Communicating research findings in national and international conferences, publishing papers in refereed journals as well as publishing policy briefs and technical reports
•Building national and international research links;
•Ability and willingness to mentor young researchers is also a key requirement;
•Contribute to all the Key Performance Areas and Key Performance Indicators of the HSC Research Programme
•A Doctorate plus a Master’s degree in either Epidemiology or Public Health with at least 2 years of experience in research;
•An established research career as evidenced by peer reviewed publications (over 7 at the level of SRS and up to 10 publications for an upper level SRS);
•At least five (5) years’ senior research and management experience is needed, preferably in a research institution or a university;
•An interest in one of the priority research areas of HSC will be an advantage;
•A sound grounding in research methods, especially quantitative approaches;
•Intellectual and personal integrity, imagination and drive;
•A strong user orientation, based on a commitment to addressing public health issues;
•The ability and enthusiasm to engage as a leader and team player in large-scale multi-disciplinary research, to lead and manage research teams, and to mentor and train their members;
•Strength in epidemiological research methods and design;
•The versatility to apply quantitative and qualitative methodologies to challenging subject matter across disciplinary boundaries will be advantageous.
•Ability to work independently and in a team environment;
•Good communication and leadership skills;
•An excellent networking and fundraising track record;
•Proficiency in or working experience with some of the following data software packages: STATA, Epi Info, SPSS, NVivo, AtlasTI or other relevant statistical packages;
•Sound knowledge of quantitative data management and data analysis skills
•An interest in community health interventions will be an added advantage.

In your application, please include:
•A comprehensive CV, a letter of motivation, publications and the details of three recent referees (with telephone, fax and e-mail contact details).
•An example of three recent peer reviewed academic work (not exceeding 8000 words each).
•Please indicate the reference number in the subject line, applications that do not adhere to this, will not be considered.

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
•Only your CV can be uploaded on the first page after you have registered/logged in.
•ALL OTHER DOCUMENTS can be uploaded on the “Document” tab on your profile
•Attachments must be less than 2 MB.
•For enquiries, and not applications, you may contact Dr Sisulu Moyo on [email protected]

•Should you experience problems applying online, please send your applications to [email protected] Clearly indicate the reference number in the subject line.

The HSRC is committed to accelerating the improvement in the proportion of its senior managers and research leaders who are black, female or disabled.

Closing date: 6 August 2021. 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 candidates who are interviewed will be advised of the outcome of the interview.

The HSRC reserves the right to not make an appointment


Job Closing Date 06/08/2021
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