Wednesday, 12 August 2015

PhD Research Trainee Internship 2015

The Democracy, Governance and Service Delivery (DGSD) research programme actively enhances the contribution of the HSRC as a strategic partner in knowledge production and a resource for informing and deepening public debate, national dialogue and theoretical discourse on key national, regional and international issues and dominant trends related to democracy; development; justice; governance and service delivery.

The Programme’s objective is to create relevant knowledge that strengthens our democratic society, its institutions and practices of governance in order to promote social justice.
The internship experience is intensive and seeks mature individuals who are able to work independently as well as in a team. The appointed intern will develop her/his research expertise by working with experts and project specialists.

Key Responsibilities:

In addition to completing their degrees, research interns are required to participate in all aspects of the research process as they work on research projects. Among other duties, they will participate in the following activities under supervision:

•    The conceptualisation and execution of research projects;
•    The formulation of research questions and funding proposals;
•    The submission of research proposals for ethical review;
•    Collection and analysis of data;
•    Write up of research including manuscripts for publication, conference presentations, and research reports;
•    Assist with administrative matters in the research environment.

Key Requirements:

•    Applicants for the PhD internship must have graduated with a Master’s degree and be registered (preferable) or be in the process of registering for a PhD in the Social Sciences/Humanities;
•    Successful candidate not yet registered for a PhD, must do so within 6 months of joining the HSRC;
•    Candidates must have an interest in one of the priority research areas of DGSD; preference will be given to candidates who have a strong background and research focus in the Humanities;
•    Computer literacy including MS Office, Outlook and Excel and related applications;
•    Good planning and organisational skills, including working well under pressure;
•    Sound communication skills (verbal as well as report writing);
•    A sound conceptual grounding in the discipline and in research methods, qualitative or quantitative;
•    Applicants must be South African citizens or citizens of an African country already registered at a recognised South African tertiary institution.

APPLICATIONS In your application, please include:
(1) a one page letter of motivation indicating your suitability for the position; (2) MA degree certificate or certified proof of completion if the certificate has not been issued yet; (3) your CV, that must include your South African citizenship or residency status, and expected date of submission of your dissertation; (4) published article in an academic journal or a writing sample, as well as a one-page outline of your PhD thesis; (5) proof of registration for PhD if applicable; and (6) the details of three recent referees with telephone, fax or e-mail contact details.

Please indicate the relevant reference number that appears in this advert. (REF: PhD/DGSD 08/2015)

The HSRC will only consider applications that include the above requirements. Applicants will be required to undertake a written exercise in the competencies required for the position. The HSRC is committed to accelerating the proportion of its researchers who are black, female or disabled.

Applications should be submitted to: The Human Resources Department, Private Bag X41, Pretoria, 0001. E-mailed and faxed applications will not be accepted.

For further information please consult the HSRC website or contact Ms Tanya Shanker (Pretoria).

Closing date: 25 August 2015. Applications submitted after this date will not be considered.

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.

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