Research Fellow

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

Description

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for the above two-year contract position at the level of

Assistant Lecturer or Lecturer, for appointment as soon as possible.

Requirements:

  • The position is available to candidates from any field related to neuroscience, biomedical science or public

health.

  • Candidates are either researchers in possession of a doctoral degree, or medical graduates with

Masters’ degree, preferably with 2-3 years’ postdoctoral or postgraduate research training and

experience in the Health Sciences, respectively.

  • Candidates with a Master’s degree with 2-3 years of postgraduate experience will be considered if the

degree and experience is relevant to the scope of research described below.

  • Candidates should have demonstrated their ability to conduct meritorious research and have appropriate

training as beginner researchers.

  • Applicants should have good communication and potential leadership skills.

Scope of the research:

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the leading cause of injury-related deaths, particularly in children, mostly

from road traffic accidents. The Paediatric Neurosurgery Unit at UCT has a well-established and sophisticated

clinical and research enterprise to study paediatric TBI. We are looking for an early career researcher to work with

us on one or more of the following research projects:

IDENTIFYING RISK FACTORS FOR SECONDARY BRAIN INJURY IN ROAD TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS

Secondary brain injury encompasses often preventable events that occur early after TBI and increase brain

damage. We will use a multidisciplinary approach to identify system factors (e.g. prehospital management) and

patient factors (e.g. advanced brain imaging) to reduce secondary injury and improve outcome.

NON-INVASIVE TECHNOLOGIES FOR BEDSIDE MANAGEMENT IN RESOURCE LIMITED ENVIRONMENTS

Advanced technologies for diagnosing and managing TBI represent cost and access challenges in resource

-constrained environments. Newer non-invasive technologies offer low-cost alternatives with minimal training

requirements, but their reliability needs to be established. We will compare the results of these against the gold

standard of invasive monitoring performed in our unit.

BLOOD-BASED BIOMARKERS IN TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY

Brain biomarkers can identify patients who warrant imaging and hospitalisation and can detect patients at highest

risk of deterioration. We aim to examine a panel of blood biomarkers in a large cohort of children to predict

clinical course and outcome.

Responsibilities:

  • Conduct the chosen research project, generate and analyse data.
  • Write up research for publication and present at local and international meetings.
  • Contribute to grant writing and student supervision as required.

It is preferable if candidates have their own reliable transport.

Tenure and value:

We are offering a 2-year contract at Assistant Lecturer/Lecturer level, with an annual cost of employment between

R 341 521 and R 650 000 based on skills and experience. The position is available immediately.

 

To apply, please e-mail the below documents in a single pdf file to Dr Jill Combrinck at [email protected]

- UCT Application Form (download at http://forms.uct.ac.za/hr201.doc)

- Cover letter motivating why the applicant is suited for the position, including evidence of research to date

- Curriculum Vitae (CV) including a publication record and details of three contactable referees

 

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

 

Reference number: E231902

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