South Africa

Senior/Chief Research Specialist

Company Human Sciences Research Council
Reference # Ref: CeSTII SRS-07-2021
Published 10/07/2021
Contract Type Contract
5 Years
Salary Market Related
Location Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Duration 5 Years
The Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators (CeSTII) is a specialist research centre within the Human Sciences Research Council that is dedicated to producing policy relevant research and statistical analysis in the domain of science, technology and innovation, in the African context. CeSTII has a vision to be a thought and practice leader, as well as an acknowledged site of excellence in its field, and aims to consolidate its position as a value-adding component of South Africa’s national innovation system. CeSTII includes specialists in the area of science, technology and innovation measurement and policy, as well as economic development and other social science disciplines.


CeSTII seeks to appoint two Senior/ Chief Research Specialists. We are looking for accomplished candidates with experience of policy-relevant large-scale survey research, to lead work programmes on science, technology and innovation indicators and measurement. Experience and familiarity with innovation and R&D surveys will be an advantage. The level of appointment will depend on the mix of qualifications and experience of the successful candidates.
Job Functions Research
Industries Research
Key responsibilities:

•Developing the measurement work programme of CeSTII in supporting national policies for science, technology and innovation;
•Conducting good quality survey research, analysis and evaluation that complies with SASQAF standards;
•Networking with major users and funders of STI indicators to understand their research needs;
•Designing programmes for problem-oriented STI measurement research;
•Managing research teams and large scale long term research survey projects;
•Delivering high-quality results and reports to budget and deadline;
•Communicating research findings to stakeholders and users in appropriate formats;
•Publishing in refereed academic journals;
•Building national and international research links;
•Mentoring junior researchers.


Key requirements:

•A doctorate in the social sciences or related disciplines.
•At least 6 years of experience as a senior academic;
•A strong record of published research, with minimum of 7 peer-reviewed articles at the SRS rank, and a minimum of 12 peer-reviewed articles at the CRS rank, in both local and international journals – several of which should be first authored;
•Expertise in one of the priority research areas of CeSTII: science, technology and innovation policy and measurement, as well as economic development and other management and social science disciplines;
•A sound grounding in research methods, especially quantitative survey approaches;
•Intellectual and personal integrity, imagination and drive;
•A strong user orientation, based on a commitment to social research that makes a difference;
•The ability and enthusiasm to lead research teams involved in large-scale multidisciplinary surveys, to manage research teams, and to mentor and train their members.
•The versatility to apply quantitative and qualitative methodologies to challenging subject matter across disciplinary boundaries.
The HSRC offers attractive, market-related packages, depending on qualifications, experience and recent performance for senior positions.

In your application, please include (1) a letter of motivation; (2) a comprehensive CV; (3) three copies of sole/first authored peer reviewed publications; and (4) the names of three contactable referees (with mobile/telephone, e-mail and fax contact details). Please indicate the specific position you are applying for and include the reference number. The HSRC will only consider applications that comply with the above requirements. Applicants may be required to undertake a written exercise in the 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.

For further information please consult the HSRC website. Details of the HSRC can be found on the website (www.hsrc.ac.za). For further enquiries, not applications, please contact Dr Glenda Kruss on email gkruss@hsrc.ac.za Any C.V’s forwarded to this e-mail address will not be considered.

The HSRC is committed to accelerating the improvement in the proportion of its staff complement who are SA Citizens, black, female or disabled.

Closing date: 30 July 2021. We encourage applicants to submit applications before that date.

Applicants who have not been contacted within eight weeks after the closing date should assume that their applications have been unsuccessful. Only interviewed candidates will be notified of the outcome of their applications.

The HSRC reserves the right not to make an appointment.

Job Closing Date 30/07/2021
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