Senior Research Manager

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



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.




Duration: Permanent


Primate Unit & Delft Animal Centre (PUDAC) constitutes a team of laboratory animal science academics, laboratory animal technologist and technicians. Our core business is to produce new knowledge and to provide pre-clinical and vaccine development research support, animal models and animal management services for biomedical research.


PUDAC seeks to appoint a highly self-motivated and suitably qualified Senior Research Manager to offer scientific and veterinary support to the platform. This position requires the successful candidate to be experienced in the application of research methods using non-human primate models as well as experienced in vaccine development and testing. The incumbent is needed to provide administration and operational management which include research and veterinary support in all aspects of PUDAC study activities, management of laboratory infrastructural development, pre-clinical and vaccine development research, as well as oversight of PUDAC operations associated with compliance and budgeting issues. Other important duties will include overseeing research and capacity development programmes as well as serving as a South African Veterinary Council (SAVC) registered Attending/Principal Veterinarian for the facility.




Provision of complete research and veterinary support in all aspects of PUDAC research activities as well as serving as an Attending/Principal Veterinarian for the facility.

Apply good knowledge of local and international trends, best practices, and requirements.

Oversight of health surveillance/monitoring of animal and staff, environmental enrichment programmes and SOP updates.

Oversight of study conduct and ensuring adherence to ethical standards, legal and animal welfare compliance (accreditation compliance, protocol, SOPs and any other applicable standard).

Management of facility documentation and regulatory adherence (SOPs, individual study register, animal health monitoring, drug registry, equipment documentation and SAVC authorization of staff documents)

Conduct pre-clinical and vaccine development research and manage non-human primate model development and validation.

Direct and manage the Virology/Immunology research including planning, designing, developing, and implementing independent research programmes (SHIV/HIV and infectious disease related projects) and grant applications.

Strategic stakeholder interaction and develop market opportunities; apply, secure, and manage major national and international research project funds; liaise and network with users, clients, and collaborators; report to clients and collaborators; generate income and control budget.

Ensure the achievement of milestones and contribute to the Institute’s research and publication output records, prepare research-related reports, and submit research outcomes/articles to local and international peer-reviewed journals for publication.

Present scientific outcomes at internal and external seminars and conference.

Staff management; build capacity development and availability of appropriate skills and competencies for staff and postgraduate students: train, supervise and provide mentorship for Laboratory Animal Technicians/Technologists (LATs) and students.

Manage and oversee processes related to supports Unit i.e., HR, Finance, Supply Chain, Risks, Assets (Systems, Documentation, People management, Compliance, Health and welfare of people, business risk, budgets).

Management of laboratory infrastructural development of the animal facility at PUDAC.

Create a conducive environment for preclinical and vaccine development animal research by ensuring sufficient good quality space for various activities enabling separation of such activities as per GLP.

Core Requirements:


PhD Virology/Immunology with BSc Veterinary Science or similar relevant qualification or higher.

SAVC registration as a veterinary professional.

Over 10 years project management experience in preclinical vaccine testing and development with specific reference to the use of non-human primates such as the Rhesus and Vervet monkeys.

Experience working with nonhuman primates and familiar with the operations of the laboratory animal environment.

Prior experience working in an animal biosafety environment (ABSL-2, ABSL-3) and with non-human primates.

Experience in implementation and management of research projects as a Principal Investigator.

In-depth knowledge of ethical guidelines, protocol compliance and all related national policies regarding animal welfare, care and use of animals in biomedical research and animal ethics

Skills and demonstrated experience in the field of animal virology.

In-depth knowledge in the implementation of studies/project processes with evidence of successful grant application records.

Experience and demonstrated skills in national and international research leadership and collaboration.

Scientific leadership and management of a research group.

Experience and skills in mentorship in the field of biomedical sciences involving research animal models.

Good Laboratory Practice experience and protocol compliance.



Experience in Laboratory Animal Science.

Experience in the application of research methods using non-human primate models for vaccine development and testing and infectious diseases of national importance.

Familiar with all related national policies regarding animal welfare, care and use of animals in research and animal ethics.

Demonstrate communication, presentation and report writing skills.


Interested candidates can send their CV