Monday, 14 March 2016

MSc Interns At CeSTII 2016

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. 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. To this end, the leadership of CeSTII with the full support of the Executive team and Board of the HSRC, is embarking on a recruitment strategy that will build on the existing strong team and excellent reputation by expanding to include specialists in the area of science, technology and innovation policy as well as economic development and other social science disciplines.

The Centre is also placing more attention on project and programme management and strengthening its performance culture and will be recruiting persons with skills, training and experience in those areas.

(2 posts)  2 year contract

CeSTII seeks to appoint two MSc Interns for a period of two years.

The Master’s Intern Programme in the HSRC is meant to provide the successful candidates with an opportunity to further develop their research expertise by working with subject experts and project specialists. The internship experience is intensive and requires mature individuals who are able to work independently as well as in a team.  The successful individuals will be required to balance day to day duties and responsibilities in CeSTII and the HSRC with Masters related work and complete their thesis within 2 years. Time is set aside for this purpose.

Key responsibilities include:

•    Working as required on all aspects of the national R&D, Innovation, Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer surveys, analysis of resultant survey data, and other related projects;
•    Assisting in writing high quality reports from survey work and other projects;
•    Making demonstrable progress towards the achievement of the Master’s degree;
•    Producing peer reviewed research articles that appear in ISI listed journals;
•    Writing up research results for presentations in workshops, conference and high quality research reports;
•    Assisting in drafting proposals for funding applications;
•    Developing own personal academic competencies through formal and informal training activities;
•    Compilation of all specific duties and deliverables assigned in an individual performance based contract.

Key requirements:
•    Applicants must be in possession of an Honours degree (or equivalent) and be registered for, or about to be registered for, a Master’s degree with a registered South African University or other recognised university;
•    A sound academic record;
•    Two to three years’ experience in data collection, collation and analysis;
•    One year’s experience in co-authoring journal articles;
•    Curiosity, enthusiasm and interest in a research career that includes working with statistics and data analysis;
•    Ability to work independently and in a team environment, good communication skills, leadership;
•    Proficiency in or working experience with some or all of the following programmes:  MS Access, Excel, Word, Power point, SPSS, STATA, SAS;
•    Sound knowledge of data management and data analysis or statistical skills will be advantageous.
•    Experience in and understanding of the concepts of the National System of Innovation and the Knowledge Economy will be an added advantage;

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 should you be employed,4)a one-page outline of your Honours thesis or proposed MSc 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).

Ensure that you indicate the reference number for the position you are applying for.

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.

Please submit your application to The HR Generalist, Private Bag X9182, Cape Town or hand deliver it to the HSRC, Ground Floor Reception, Plein Park Building, 69 – 83 Plein Street, Cape Town, or e-mail to indicating the reference number in the subject line.    Enquiries and not applications may be directed to Dr Neo Molotja via email at

(Ref.No. CeSTII M Intern 05/15)

The HSRC is committed to accelerating the improvement in the proportion of its senior managers, research leaders and support staff who are black, female or disabled.

Closing date:  29 March 2016.

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 applicants who are interviewed will be advised of the outcome of their applications.  The HSRC reserves the right to not make an appointment.


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