Medical (Research) Officer

at University of Cape Town
Location Cape Town, South Africa
Date Posted
Category Research
Work Hours Day
Salary Units MONTH
Currency ZAR
Street Address Cape Town



Khula-LEAP is a multi-modal study designed to comprehensively characterize (using EEG, MRI, behavioural and

microbiome assessments) the development of executive functions over the 1st 1000 days of life

across recruitment sites in South Africa (n=330) and Malawi (n=330).

We seeking a full-time (40 hours per week), 24-month contract position as Medical (Research) Officer in the

Department of Paediatrics and Child Health at University of Cape Town to support the project. The main purpose

of this position is to coordinate the recruitment team, conduct structured clinical interviews and administer formal

cognitive and behavioural assessments. The successful candidate will be required to present information about

the study to relevant parties and contribute to academic outputs for a longitudinal neuroimaging study.

About the study:


  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB)
  • Current registration with the Health Professional Council of South Africa (HPCSA) as an Independent


  • Excellent verbal and written fluency in English
  • At least 1 year clinical research experience
  • At least 1 year Peadiatric experience


  • Fluent in isiXhosa
  • Good Clinical Practice certification (training can be provided)
  • Experience with MRI and EEG


  • Provide supervision of day-to-day data collection teams
  • Provide medical expertise and referral as required
  • Conduct structured clinical interviews with children and their parents
  • Administer formal cognitive and behavioral assessments to children and their parents (e.g. Global

Scale of Early Development) *you will be trained on the job in the tools which will be used in this study

  • Collect blood, stool and breast milk samples from participants
  • Ensure patient care meets Good Clinical Practice requirements and standards
  • Regular communication with the Principal Investigator (PI) and Project Manager (PM) on day-to-day

matters (i.e. obstacles faced with patient assessments, reporting of adverse events etc.)

  • Scientific paper writing for publication (with support from PI)
  • Do presentations for hospital management, school management and relevant community members

at recruitment sites regarding information about the study

The annual cost of employment is R833 523.


To apply, please e-mail the below documents in a single pdf file to Dr. Marlie Miles: [email protected]

- UCT Application Form (download at

- Cover letter, and

- Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Please ensure the title and reference number are indicated in the subject line.