Company Human Sciences Research Council
Reference # CRM HSC 310821
Published 01/09/2021
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. HSC has offices in Pretoria, Cape Town, Pietermaritzburg and Durban. The division sees to appoint a Chief Research Manager to join a dynamic team of researchers in the HSRC community. The incumbent will be based in one of the HSRC offices.


CHIEF RESEARCH MANAGER (Pretoria, or Cape Town)
1 post - 3-year contract
Reference: CRM HSC 310821

The HSC programme seeks to appoint a dynamic individual with either a PhD or a medical qualification plus a Master’s degree in either Social Science, Public Health, Biostatistics or Epidemiology as well as 10 years of appropriate research experience. The vacancy is in the Health and Wellbeing, in Pretoria, or Cape Town.
Job Functions Research
Industries Research
The Chief Research Manager 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 Chief Research Manager 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;
•Liaise with stakeholders on issues regarding project and fieldwork;
•Support biomedical aspects of projects;
•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 or medical qualification plus a Master’s degree in either, Epidemiology, Biostatistics or Public Health with at least 10 years of experience in research;
•An established research career as evidenced by publications in peer reviewed journals or project reports (5+ publications);
•Strength in epidemiological research methods and design;
•Research experience in tuberculosis and/or HIV, or NCDs
•An interest in one of the priority research areas of HSC will be an advantage
•A sound grounding in research methods, especially quantitative approaches, will be a strong recommendation;
•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;
•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;
•Sound knowledge of quantitative data management and data analysis skills
•Proficiency in or working experience with some of the following data software packages: STATA, Epi Info, SPSS, Nvivo, AtlasTI or other relevant statistical packages;
•Registration with HPCSA if medically qualified will be an advantage
The HSRC offers attractive, market-related packages depending on qualifications and experience.

Applications: In your application, please include: your CV, a letter of motivation, the advert reference, the details of three recent referees (with telephone, fax and e-mail contact details), and photocopies of up to three of your sole or first-authored publications. The HSRC will only consider applications that comply with 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
•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 experience any problems please send your application citing reference number to [email protected] For further enquiries, and not applications, please contact Dr Sizulu Moyo on e-mail: [email protected]
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: 23 September 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 23/09/2021
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