Post-Doctoral Fellow

Company Human Sciences Research Council
Reference # HSC – Post-Doc 0209/2021)
Published 03/09/2021
Contract Type Contract
36 Months
Salary Market Related
Location Nationwide, Nationwide, 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, Port Elizabeth 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. SC is looking to appoint one suitably qualified person to take on the responsibilities of a Post-Doctoral Fellow. The successful incumbents will be based in the HSRC either Durban; Pretoria or Cape Town office.


Post-Doctoral Fellow - 1 position
3-year contract
(REF: HSC – Post-Doc 0209/2021)

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.

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.

The HSRC offers attractive, market-related packages, depending on qualifications, experience and recent performance for senior positions.

APPLICATIONS: In your application, please include: your CV, a letter of motivation, publications and the details of three recent referees (with telephone, fax and e-mail contact details). Please indicate the reference number in the subject line, applications that do not adhere to this, will not be considered. The HSRC will only consider applications that comply with the above requirements. Applicants may be required to undertake a written exercise or an oral presentation in the competencies required for the position.

Please submit your application on-line at http://hsrc.jb.skillsmapafrica.com
Please indicate the reference number in the subject line, applications that do not adhere to this, will not be considered.

For further information about the HSRC or the post please consult our website (www.hsrc.ac.za). For enquiries, and NOT applications, you may also contact Dr Nompumelelo Zungu on [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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