South Africa

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Company Human Sciences Research Council
Reference # HSRC-Post-Doc 02/20
Published 14/02/2020
Contract Type Contract
36 Months
Salary Market Related
Location Nationwide, Nationwide, South Africa
The HSRC conducts large-scale, policy-relevant, social-scientific research for public sector users, non-governmental organisations and international development agencies. Research activities and structures are closely aligned with South Africa’s national development priorities.
The HSRC’s integrated research programmes provide single points of entry – complete with a critical mass of researchers – for interdisciplinary and problem-orientated research in the following areas:
• Africa Institute of South Africa
• Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators
• Democracy, Governance and Service Delivery
• Economic Performance and Development
• Education and Skills Development
• Human and Social Development
• Social Policy, Knowledge Mobilisation, and Impact Assessment
• Social Aspects of Public Health.

The HSRC therefore seeks to appoint 2 x Post-Doctoral Fellows, who are able to assume duty before 31 March 2020. These positions can be based in any one of the HSRC’s offices, namely Cape Town, Durban, or Pretoria.

Post-Doctoral Fellowships are intended to provide candidates with the opportunity to gain experience in the research practice arena and the opportunity to focus on publishing the findings of their dissertations and other research in peer-reviewed scholarly journals.
Job Functions Research
Industries Research
Key responsibilities

In addition to the responsibility to publish journal articles, Post-Doctoral Fellows will contribute to the work of the unit by:

•Assisting with conceptualizing and writing proposals and grant applications to undertake funded research;
•Participating in multidisciplinary research teams;
•Assisting in implementing research projects within specified budgets and to deadline;
•Assisting in mentoring MA and PhD interns and research assistants;
•Supporting the development of relationships and collaborations with counterparts in academic institutions, government agencies and the wider research community;

Key Requirements

•A recent PhD or equivalent qualification in the Social Sciences, humanities or management sciences (obtained not more than 5 years prior to this application);
•A sound grounding in theory and research methods;
•Willingness and ability to work in teams and independently;
•The ability to work well under pressure and to meet deadlines.

The HSRC offers attractive, market-related packages, depending on qualifications and experience

Applications: In your application, please include a letter of motivation, your CV, and the names of three contactable referees (with telephone, fax and e-mail contact details), an example of recent academic work (not exceeding 8000 words); and a one-page outline of your PhD thesis topic (or the abstract of completed work) respectively. The HSRC will only consider applications that comply with the above requirements. Applicants may be required to undertake a written exercise covering competencies required for the position.

Please submit your application on-line at http://hsrc.jb.skillsmapafrica.com.

Please note the following:
•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 encounter challenges in applying for this post please contact Skillsmap directly – for Telephonic support: +27 12 420 7200; for Email support: skillsmapsupport@sage.com

For further information please consult the HSRC website. Details of the HSRC can be found on the website (www.hsrc.ac.za). For any enquiries regarding these positions, not applications, kindly contact either one of the HR Consultants, Ms Sandra Nduli snduli@hsrc.ac.za, Ms Tremel Pounasamy tpounasamy@hsrc.ac.za or Ms Aurelia-Lynn Smith asmith@hsrc.ac.za

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: 21 February 2020. 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 21/02/2020
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