Specialist Scientist

at South African Medical Research Council
Location Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
Date Posted
Category Healthcare
Work Hours Day
Salary 820660
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 six values: pioneering, partnering, excellence, respect, integrity and citizenship.




Permanent position


The South African MRC NCDRU’s program on ‘Food environment and dietary quality (FEDQ)’ is a research program aiming through optimization of the food environment and dietary quality, to improve the prevention and control of common non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the South African and African context. The program is located organizationally under the auspices of the Office of the Director, NCDRU. NCDRU is looking for an enthusiastic scientist to continue the develop and maintenance of its program of research on food environment and dietary quality.


Areas of Responsibilities will include


Leading the development and maintenance of an integrated program of research on dietary assessment, dietary quality and food environment in relation with cardiometabolic diseases and other common NCDs in South Africa.

Leading the dietary assessment component of studies related to cardiometabolic diseases within other programs in NCDRU

Identifying funding opportunities and leading grant proposals writing to attract funding to support the research portfolio of the program.

Developing and maintaining a network of collaboration in research on dietary assessment, dietary quality and food environment in relation with NCD prevention and control in South Africa and Africa

Establishing and maintaining links with stakeholders both national and internationally, to create new opportunities and maximize the reach and impact of the research of the program

Leading scientific knowledge generation in the form of original and other forms of scientific articles on issues relating to dietary assessment, dietary quality and food environment.

Presentation and national and regional conferences

Developing the next generation of experts in research on dietary assessment, dietary quality and food environment in relation with NCDs.

Candidate must meet the following requirements:


PhD in Dietetics, Nutrition or Public health nutrition

A least 5 years research experience in a research institution or a university focusing on dietary assessment in different population groups, preferably in relation with NCDs, across the lifecycle within the South African context

Hands-on experience in the planning, collection, management and use of dietary data for research within the South African context

Advanced knowledge of dietary assessment instruments for research and dietary data analysis

Good communication and organisational skills

Ability to multi-task and work under pressure

Experience in managing people and project as project leader

Ability to plan own research

Experience with post-graduate teaching and supervision

Ability to lead scientific writing, demonstrated through involvement in scientific papers as first author

Experience in grant writing as PI, co-PI or co-investigator

Advanced knowledge of at least one of the following statistical packages: R, SPSS, SAS or STATA



Involvement in national collaborative research

Strong national recognition

Experience in dealing with multiple stakeholders

Knowledge of chronic disease epidemiology and prevention


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