Research Officer

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



The University of Cape Town Lung Institute requires applications for a Research Officer* on a Fixed Term Contract for the MRC

Unit in the Centre for Child and Adolescent Lung Health Unit (CHILD), based in Cape Town.

The position will span across several studies in this full-/part-time 12-month renewable contract post and the incumbent will be

responsible for providing high level support to the Director, Prof Heather Zar.

The research focus of the unit is on child health with core projects:

(1) Drakenstein child health study, a birth cohort study focused on the early life determinants of child health;

(2) Paediatric TB studies;

(3) Studies of childhood pneumonia and new preventive strategies;

(4) An HIV-adolescent cohort study of the spectrum of illness and determinants.

There is also an opportunity to undertake a higher degree and to actively participate in planning and undertaking publications,

if desired.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Postgraduate qualification(s) or PhD (advantageous), in one or more of the following:

➢ Medicine, Paediatrics, or Public Health

➢ Infectious Disease

➢ Pulmonology

➢ Epidemiology and / or Biostatistics

  • Medical / public health background
  • Experience working in a clinical research setting (e.g. Paediatrics or public health)
  • Strong academic writing skills and experience drafting and publishing scientific manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals
  • Experience conducting statistical analyses (for publications) and understanding of statistical methods advantageous

(particularly longitudinal and repeated measures analyses)

  • Experience and track record of contributing to successful grant applications for health-related projects to international

funders, e.g. Welcome Trust, NIH.

Other Skills:

  • Strong interpersonal and communication (written and verbal) skills
  • Ability to co-ordinate, multi-task and work under pressure
  • Strong problem solving and decision-making skills
  • Strong planning and organising skills
  • Ability to work independently and with minimal supervision
  • Good computer skills, proficient with MS office applications

Responsibilities include (but not limited to):

  • Support for completion of grant applications
  • Drafting scientific manuscripts
  • Coordinating activities across existing studies
  • Preparing presentations
  • Ongoing administrative support and tasks as required

Additional Information:

  • 12-month Fixed Term Contract
  • Full-Time (40 hours per week; Monday to Friday)


Interested candidates can send their CV