South Africa

PhD Internship

Company Human Sciences Research Council
Reference # HSC PhD Intern 07/2021CT / HSC PhD Intern 07/21 P
Published 10/07/2021
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 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 PhD Research Intern for a period of 3 years to be based in Cape Town and Pietermaritzburg


2 positions
1 based in Pietermaritzburg and 1 in Cape Town
Ref: HSC PhD Intern 07/2021CT
HSC PhD Intern 07/21 P

Two PhD Research Internship is currently available. The PhD Research Intern Programme in the HSRC provides the successful candidate with an opportunity to further develop their research expertise by working with subject experts and project specialists. The research internship experience is intensive and seeks mature individuals who are able to work independently as well as part of a team. While appointees will be exposed to a wide variety of project-related research, they will be expected to complete their thesis within three years. Time is set aside for this purpose.
Job Functions Research
Industries Research
In addition to being registered for a PhD degree at a recognised South African university and currently working on their degrees, or eligible for registration at a recognised South African university, research interns are required to participate in all aspects of the research process as they work with other staff on different research projects.

Among other duties, they will participate in the following activities under supervision:
•Support the research and research-related work of the HSC Programme
•Assist with the conceptualisation and execution of research projects
•Assist with the formulation of research questions and writing proposals
•Assist with the submission of research proposals for ethical review
•Collection and analysis of data
•Writing up of research results, research reports and manuscripts for publication
•Presenting at conferences
•Management or supervision of research projects

•Applicants must be in possession of a Master’s degree in the Social Sciences or Public Health and be registered for the appropriate higher degree either with a recognised South African or equivalent.
•A sound grounding in research methods and previous experience in research and data analysis will be a strong recommendation
•Requisite computer skills (e.g. Microsoft Office, SPSS, STATA, ATLAS-ti or similar programme)
•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 1) a letter of motivation indicating the position you are applying for, 2) your CV, 3) a copy of current earnings on a cost-to-company basis if applicable 4) a one-page outline of your PhD thesis or proposed PhD thesis, 5) a copy of your academic transcripts as well as 6) the names of three contactable referees (with telephone, fax and e-mail contact details).
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.
•For enquiries, and not applications, you may contact Dr Catherine Ndinda at CNdinda@hsrc.ac.za

•Should you experience problems applying online, please send your applications to HRshortterm@hsrc.ac.za. Clearly indicate the reference number in the subject line.
The HSRC will only consider applications that include the above requirements. Applicants may be required to undertake a written exercise in the competencies required for the position.
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: 30 July 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 30/07/2021
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