Senior Research Specialist

Company Human Sciences Research Council
Reference # SRSIC/11/21
Published 23/11/2021
Contract Type Contract
5 Years
Salary Market Related
Location Nationwide, Nationwide, South Africa
Duration 5 Years
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 Impact Centre draws on diverse perspectives, skills and partnerships to generate, measure and communicate impactful research on critical challenges facing South Africa and the world. In fulfilling the HSRC’s public good mandate, the Impact Centre will conduct rigorous, creative and relevant impact research for the public good; conduct large-scale quantitative and representative surveys that are the basis for complex data analytics, modelling and simulations and leverage a wide range of expertise, convene multi-stakeholder forums, promote and produce evidence-informed understanding on impact.

The vision of the Impact Assessment Unit is to contribute towards measuring and showcasing the impact of the HSRC’s work, as well as undertake research on impact that is relevant to the country’s development agenda. This will be achieved by partnering with other HSRC divisions, centres and units, and through collaboration with similar sister science council organisations and/or with other community of practice partners to drive evidence driven programming with the aim of achieving desired social, economic and development impacts.

Senior Research Specialist
Duration: Five (5) year contract
Ref: SRSIC/11/21
Base: Durban/Pretoria/Cape Town

Potential Senior Research Specialist candidates should have strong analytical skills including good understanding of research methods, advanced data analysis skills, understanding of rigorous impact evaluation methods, systematic reviews, meta-analysis and statistical/mathematical modelling and good analytical thinking. An understanding of programming languages (C+, MATLAB etc) will be an added advantage.

Job Functions Research
Industries Research
The SRS will contribute towards all aspects of the research process; he/she is expected to contribute substantially towards the following activities:
•Support the impact agenda of the Impact Centre and the HSRC;
•Work with HSRC Impact research -sub-units within division and support their impact work,
•Network with key research users and funders to understand their research needs, and develop contacts with policy-makers outside the HSRC;
•Conducting high level policy research and analysis which meets the requirements of peer review, and has national and international significance (conceptualisation of research projects, formulate research questions, write research proposals);
•Conduct problem-oriented interdisciplinary research (including using appropriate complex methodologies);
•Assist in securing funding, commissions and formulating successful grant applications;
•Communicating research findings; publishing in refereed journals; and producing dialogue reports and policy briefs
•Mentor colleagues, collaborate with institutions of higher education and contribute to the growth of the science communication in the HSRC

•Applicants must hold a PhD degree in any one of the following areas:
•Demography any other relevant quantitative related field;
•Computer Science/Informatics
•Candidates must have an interest in practices and research that seeks to enhance the use and impact of scientific research;
•Computer literacy including MS Office and appropriate statistical/Mathematics/Econometric packages (R, STATA, SAS, C+ or similar);
•Interest in Big Data, Artificial intelligence (AI), system thinking is a big advantage.
•Good planning and organisational skills, including the ability to working well under pressure;
•Good communication skills (verbal as well as report writing);
•Have 7 to 10 research publications in peer review journals (at least 3 first authored)
•A sound conceptual grounding in quantitative research methods;

(1) a one-page cover letter of motivation indicating your suitability for the position; (2) your CV, that indicates your nationality, citizenship or residency status; (3) three published articles in an academic journal (at least one first authored) (4) the details of three recent referees of which two should be academic referees with telephone, fax or e-mail contact details.

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•For further information, not applications please e-mail Dr Jacqueline Mthembu on [email protected]

Details about the HSRC can be found at www.hsrc.ac.za

Only applications that comply with the listed above requirements will be considered.

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: 15 December 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 15/12/2021
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