Job opportunities

Job opportunities

Thank you for your interest in joining the SAMRC team.

Dedicated to improving the nation’s health and quality of life, the SAMRC relies on the knowledge, skills and professionalism of our staff.

Successful candidates have the opportunity to work with some of the world’s most innovative researchers and partner institutions to ultimately build a healthy nation for all.

Positions currently available for applications:

Senior Scientist - 7 March 2021 23:59
Burden of Disease Research Unit, Cape Town
The South African Medical Research Council’s Burden of Disease Research Unit seeks to appoint a highly knowledgeable scientist with well-established expertise in the conduct of HIV surveillance research. The incumbent will be employed to work in Cape Town for a year and will be part of the Strengthening Health System’s Capacity (SHeS’Cap) for Linkage to Care and Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for AGYW and ABYM project in uMgungundlovu district. The incumbent, experienced in conducting health systems research, will be required to work in a team. The aim of this multi-year project is to conduct implementation science to evaluate and promote the systematic uptake of evidence-based practices for improving linkage to care among AGYW and ABYM into the health service and to strengthen the availability of pertinent health information required to improve linkage to care at the district level.
Senior Specialist Scientist - 7 March 2021 23:59
Non-Communicable Diseases Research Unit, Cape Town Office
The South African MRC NCDRU’s program on ‘Early life, Childhood and Non-communicable diseases’ is a research program on priority cardiometabolic diseases, other NCDs and determinants in children and adolescents, as well as early life factors that can affect the occurrence of NCDs in adulthood. Additionally, this program is tasked to extend to children and adolescents, major research initiatives in adults taking place within NCDRU. The program is located organizationally under the auspices of the Office of the Director, NCDRU. NCDRU is looking for a seasoned scientist to develop and maintain its Early life, Childhood and NCD research program.
Science Writer and Editor - 14 March 2021 23:59
Corporate & Marketing Communications , Head Quarters: Cape Town
The South African Medical Research Council seeks to appoint an experienced and qualified Science Writer & Editor. The role will focus on writing and editing of publications and support of our research translation activities. The position would suit a health journalist with a science background and qualification, a multitasker with an eye for detail who can navigate multiple projects, while producing high quality content suited for various publications and digital platforms. About the role: Together with the communications team, you will write, edit, coordinate projects, ensure quality assurance of scientific content and support our outreach and research translation activities.
Research Clinician /Competent Research Clinician - 14 March 2021 23:59
HIV Prevention Research Unit, Durban Office
The SAMRC’s HIV Prevention Research Unit (HPRU) is a large, dynamic research unit conducting HIV-related clinical trials in at least five clinical research sites in Durban. The Unit aims to contribute towards finding a vaccine and optimizing pre-exposure prophylaxis to prevent HIV infection amongst men, women, mothers and children. The Unit is committed to building the next generation of clinician scientists through a dedicated career progression pathway for clinicians. The Unit seeks to appoint dedicated, industrious, persevering, passionate, committed and motivated clinicians interested in pursuing a career in clinical research. The incumbent will work with existing Principal Investigators, Clinical Site Research Leaders and Clinicians to manage the clinical aspects of HIV prevention trials and could work towards building a research career. Training opportunities include support for pursuing higher degrees such as master’s or PhD
Clinical Trial Nurse - 14 March 2021 23:59
HIV Prevention Research Unit , Durban Office
The SAMRC’s HIV Prevention Research Unit (HPRU) requires dedicated, qualified and experienced clinical trial nurses to work on HIV and COVID 19 studies/ clinical trials. The Nurse will conduct HIV pre and post-test counseling, risk reduction counseling, medical history taking, clinical assessments and procedures, collection of biological specimens and perform detailed record keeping according to study protocols. Given the current Global pandemic, the HPRU is also currently committed to conducting COVID-19 related research work, which will also be a part of the scope of duties and responsibilities of the successful candidate.
Specialist Scientist: Food Environment and Dietary Quality - 16 March 2021 23:59
Non-Communicable Diseases Research Unit, Cape Town Office
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.
Senior Scientist - 20 March 2021 23:59
SAMRC- Biomedical Research and Innovation Platform (BRIP) in collaboration with Environment and Health Research Unit (E&HRU), Cape Town Office
The South African Medical Research Councils Biomedical Research Innovation Platform in collaboration with the Environment and Health Research Unit (EHRU) requires a suitably qualified and experienced Senior Scientist. To cover the multifaceted aspects of the post, we require an energetic person with a strong theoretical and practical background in molecular biology.
Unit Director - 25 March 2021 23:59
Health Systems Research Unit, Cape Town
The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) is a globally recognised and respected medical research institution whose vision is to build a healthy nation through research, innovation and transformation. The SAMRC seeks to appoint a UNIT DIRECTOR for a Unit based in Cape Town but serving national interest, who will lead, manage and expand the research portfolio of the Health Systems Research Unit within the SAMRC. The position calls for the leadership of a portfolio of Health Systems multidisciplinary research, involving generating ideas and protocols for novel research, building and leading collaborative teams, national and global networking, income generation, leading clinical research studies, guiding and mentoring staff, writing of peer-reviewed publications, disseminating research findings to relevant stakeholders and building relationships with key stakeholders locally, nationally and globally. Building recognition as a global leader in an aspect of Health Systems research. The successful candidate for this position, will be responsible to provide strategic leadership to HSRU, developing and implementing a programme of cutting edge health systems research, with an integrated transformation, capacity and skills development programme and diversity management for HSRU staff, promotion of responsible conduct of research, risk management, and to ensure that the business of the Unit is aligned to the SAMRC mandate, legislative and policy mandates and strategic goals.
Executive Director: Grants, Innovation and Product Development - 26 March 2021 23:59
Grants, Innovation and Product Development, Cape Town Office
The SAMRC Grants, Innovation and Product Development (GIPD) Directorate is at the heart of health research, innovation and development. This is achieved by funding of grants that lead to the development and transfer of innovative health products, medicines, therapeutics, devices, diagnostics and supporting services that create the opportunity for major improvements in health and healthcare. These objectives are accomplished through strategic, multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional partnerships and programmes, facilitated by an understanding of the South African Burden of Disease to ensure that Health research and development (R&D) addresses the health priorities of the country. In order to drive and prioritize health innovation within the SAMRC we are seeking an Executive Director (ED) who will strategically manage the R&D funding, to enable the SAMRC to fund and support cutting edge research that impacts on the lives of South Africans. This ED will also seek funding and partnerships, manage and fund multidisciplinary innovation projects aimed at developing new diagnostics, medical devices, vaccines and drugs. The GIPD ED will also be required to build strategic partnerships with research institutions, industry, government and international communities for the development and driving of innovations and to build potential income stream from its programs. The ED needs to create an alignment between all SAMRC external funding sources and maximize synergies with regards to innovation, continuity and review process to ensure that taxpayers’ money is used optimally.