Post-Doctoral Fellow

Company Human Sciences Research Council
Reference # HSC – Post-Doc 07/2021)
Published 14/07/2021
Contract Type Contract
36 Months
Salary Market Related
Location Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
Duration 36 Months
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.

In this context we offer Post-Doctoral Fellowships with the aim of providing candidates with the opportunity to gain intensive experience in the research practice environment and to publish the findings of their dissertations in peer-reviewed journals

Post-Doctoral Fellow - 1 position
3-year contract
(REF: HSC – Post-Doc 07/2021)
Job Functions Research
Industries Research
•Contributing to the sustainable growth of the research programme portfolio;
•Publishing scholarly journal articles;
•Supporting the development of contacts and relationships with colleagues in academic institutions, government organizations and the wider research community;
•Supporting effective participation in multidisciplinary research teams and partnerships;
•Assisting with proposals and grant applications to undertake funded research;
•Assisting in delivering research within specified budgets and to deadline;
•Assisting in mentoring interns and research assistants;
•Supporting initiatives to promote the strategic objectives of the HSRC;
•Contributing to discussion in HSRC and HSC-wide activities.
•A doctorate in either Public Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics (obtained not more than 5 years previously);
•Recognisable expertise in one of the priority research areas of HSC; previous experience conducting gender-based violence and population-based research, will be a recommendation.
•A sound grounding in diverse research methods and related theoretical debates along with strong conceptual competencies in the area of specialisation;
•Willingness and ability to engage in grant/proposal writing for research funding;
•Intellectual and personal integrity, imagination and drive along with the ability and enthusiasm to engage as a team player in large scale multidisciplinary research;
•A strong user orientation, based on a commitment to pro-poor social research that makes a difference.

The CTC for the post is R312 360.00. Applicants must be South African citizens. The HSRC is committed to accelerating the improvement in the proportion of its staff who are black, female or disabled
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.
•Should you have any HR enquiries please send your query citing reference number to [email protected]
For enquiries, and not applications, you may contact Dr Mpumi Zungu at [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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