South Africa


Company Human Sciences Research Council
Reference # HSC/PhD/10/20
Published 23/10/2020
Contract Type Contract
36 Months
Salary Market Related
Location Nationwide, Nationwide, South Africa
In delivering ‘social science that makes a difference’ in South Africa and the region, 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 is looking to appoint a suitably qualified individual to take on the responsibilities of a PhD Research Intern. The successful incumbents will be based either in the HSRC Durban; Pretoria or Cape Town office.


X1 position

Ref: HSC/PhD/10/20

The HSC division has a PhD Research Internship that is currently available for occupation. The PhD Research Intern Programme in the HSRC provides the successful candidate with an opportunity to further develop their research expertise by working with research subject experts and project specialists. The research internship experience is intensive and seeks a mature individual who is able to work independently as well as part of a team. While appointee will be exposed to a wide variety of project-related research, she/he will be expected to complete their thesis within three years. Time is set aside for this purpose of degree completion.

Job Functions Research
Industries Research
In addition to being registered for a PhD degree in a recognised South African university and currently working on the PhD degree, the research intern is required to participate in all aspects of the research process as they work with other staff on different research projects.

Among other duties, the successful incumbent will participate in the following activities under supervision:

•The conceptualisation of projects;
•The formulation of research questions and writing of funding proposals;
•The submission of research proposals for ethical review;
•Implementation of research projects and policy dialogues;
•Collection and analysis of data;
•Write-up of research findings including research reports, conference presentations, policy briefs, and manuscripts for journal publication;
•Assist with project management and administration.

•Have graduated with a Master’s degree and is already registered for a PhD in the Social Sciences/Humanities or a relevant field at an accredited tertiary institution in South Africa;
•The successful applicant must be a South African or South African after naturalisation
•Computer literacy including MS Office and appropriate software packages, including MS Excel, MS Access, SPSS or Stata or SAS;
•Good planning and organisational skills, including the ability to working well under pressure;
•Good communication skills (verbal as well as report writing);
•A sound conceptual grounding in a discipline and in quantitative or qualitative research methods;
•Be able to operate within very tight deadlines;
•Be prepared to work as part of multi-year, multi-institutional partnership projects between the HSRC, government departments, universities and other partners.

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 have any HR enquiries please send your query citing reference number to HREnquiries@hsrc.ac.za
•Should you experience problems applying online, please send your applications to recruitment@hsrc.ac.za. Clearly indicate the reference number in the subject line.
. A cover letter of motivation indicating your suitability for the position;
2. A detailed CV which should clearly indicate your highest qualification; an indication of your quantitative and qualitative research experience; your post studies fieldwork experience and include details of your citizenship.
3. Proof of Registration for PhD Studies
4. A one-page outline of your envisaged PhD thesis
5. The details of three recent referees with telephone/cell number, fax, e-mail, contact details and institutional affiliation

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

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

Closing date: 13th November 2020. We encourage applicants to submit prior to the closing date. If you do not receive any response from us within eight weeks, please accept that your application was unsuccessful. Only candidates who are interviewed will be advised of the outcome of their application.

The HSRC reserves the right not to make an appointment.


Job Closing Date 13/11/2020
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