Saturday, 25 June 2016

PhD Research Internship HSRC 2016/17

The main function of the HSRC is research and the effective communication of its research findings in support of efforts to effect social improvement. The Deputy CEO for Research (DCEO: R) provides leadership and strategic oversight of the activities of the various research programmes and centres in the HSRC. Centralised functions in the Office of the DCEO: R serve as a coordinating platform to support strategic planning, performance management and reporting, institutional initiatives, professional grant management and a commitment to quality, ethics and excellence in all aspects of the research endeavour.

The Office of the DCEO: Research plays a visionary research leadership role that spans over a broad area including an oversight role of the research focus areas i.e. include, Education and Skills Development, Economic Performance and Development, Population Health, Health Systems and Innovation, HIV/AIDS, STIs and TB, Democracy, Governance and Service Delivery as well as Human and Social Development. The Office of the DCEO: Research also has the direct responsibility over the BRICS Research Unit, Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators (CeSTII), Research Use and Impact Assessment (RIA) and Africa Institute of South Africa (AISA)

Based in Cape Town

One 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.

Key responsibilities include:

In addition to being registered at a recognised South African university or equivalent and currently working on their degree, research trainees are required to participate in all aspects of the research process as they work with the DCEO:R and other staff on different aspects of research.

Among other duties, they will participate in the following activities under supervision:
•    Support the research and research-related work of the DCEO: Research
•    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

Key requirements:
•    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 will be a strong recommendation
•    Requisite computer skills (e.g. Microsoft Office, SPSS, STATA, ATLAS-ti)
•    Ability to work well under pressure and to meet deadlines.

Please submit your application consisting of a covering letter, CV, 3 references and proof of registration to: The HR Generalist : Human Resources, Private Bag X9182, Cape Town 8000, or hand-deliver to Office 1616, 16th Floor, 69-83 Plein Park Building, Plein Street, Cape Town or email to For further enquiries, and not applications, please contact Prof Leickness Simbayi on

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

Closing date: 1 July 2016. We encourage applicants to apply before this date. Applicants who have not been contacted within 2 months from the closing date 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.

Details of the HSRC can be found on the website, at


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