at South African Medical Research Council
Location Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa
Date Posted
Category Healthcare
Work Hours Day
Salary 361043
Salary Units YEAR
Currency ZAR



The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) strives to improve the nation’s health and


quality of life by funding and conducting relevant and leading health research. It further aims to promote equity, career development and progression. The organisation prides itself on three core values: being pioneering, striving for excellence and working collaboratively.




12 months contract post


The Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Research requires a suitably qualified scientist to perform project related duties as a research assistant on the Global Adult Tobacco Survey and Tobacco Endgame in Africa Project, assisting with research project management, conducting fieldwork on the Tobacco Endgame in Africa Project, liaison with key stakeholders, doing weekly reports, participation in project meetings, and assisting with data management, data analysis and report writing (including co-publishing papers in academic journals) to ensure the successful implementation of both projects.




Assist with the planning and coordinating of data collection from stakeholders in some African countries

Conduct qualitative interviews

Monitor a web-based survey

Monitor progress of research activities and generate regular and ad-hoc reports as required

Assist with quality control and problem solving related to missing data

Assist with data analysis and writing of research outputs

Assist the project team of the GATS South Africa project

Core Requirements:


At least one first author and one co-author recent publication of a tobacco related paper in an academic peer review journal

A Honours degree in Health or Social Science

At least 2 years’ relevant research experience in tobacco control

2-3 years experience conducting fieldwork in a tobacco research

Research translation experience on tobacco control

Quantitative research skills / Qualitative research skills

Good research writing skills

Valid South African driver’s license

Good interpersonal and communication skills

Self-motivated and ability to work independently as well as in a team



Masters degree in Public Health

A training in tobacco control

Knowledge of the use of media for research uptake activities

Evidence of additional research publications

Experience working in a tobacco related project

Good knowledge and experience of using various computer software packages including Excel, SPSS, Word, and PowerPoint.


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