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:

Specialist Scientist or Senior Scientist - 16 April 2020 23:59
Health Systems Research Unit, Cape Town or Pretoria
The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) is seeking to appoint a Specialist Scientist or a Senior Scientist in its Health Systems Research Unit (HSRU). We are seeking a self-motivated scientist, who is committed to building their research career path in health economics and health policy and systems research. The objective of this post is to strengthen the production and use of evidence to support health policy and systems decisions for achieving universal health coverage (UHC) and a high-quality health system, and to reduce health inequities. The incumbent will work within a multi-disciplinary research unit. The specialist scientist or senior scientist role is to develop and establish their own research niche and to disseminate knowledge through peer-reviewed publications and other knowledge translation practices. The work includes leading and collaborating on multiple research projects, managing all aspects of research projects; writing grant proposals to raise research funds; engaging with stakeholders; and capacity development.
Research Clinician / Competent Research Clinician - 17 April 2020 23:59
HIV Prevention Research Unit , Durban
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.
Project Manager - 18 April 2020 23:59
Office of AIDS and TB Research , Cape Town
The Office of AIDS and TB Research seeks to appoint a Project Manager to work on the SAMRC’s Social Impact Bond (SIB).This work is innovative so requires a Project Manager with routine project management and administration skills and an ability to work with the many stakeholders (government, private investors, NGO implementers, technical partners), researchers who will assist with the design of the interventions, and support the work of the technical team members who will focus on innovation in programming and financing, monitoring, evaluation and research and drive overall programme implementation. This is an unusual combination of skills. The individual will report to the Executive Programme Manager in the Office of AIDS and TB Research, will be expected to have vast experience in HIV programmes and preferably have worked on innovative health financing including but not limited to a SIB.
General Facilities Assistant - 19 April 2020 23:59
HIV Prevention Research Unit, Durban
The HIV Prevention Research Unit is seeking to appoint a General Facilities Assistant in Durban
Senior Scientist - 24 April 2020 23:59
Environment & Health Research Unit, Johannesburg, Pretoria or Durban
The South African Medical Research Council’s Environment and Health Research Unit (EHRU) requires a suitably qualified and experienced Senior Scientist Competent (level 2). This position falls under the EHRU’s Programme for Persistent and Toxic Substances. Applicants should have a keen interest in, and suitable qualifications and research experience related to, environmental or public health. The successful candidate will contribute to the design, and be responsible for the management and research integrity of, research projects (including budgets and output quality) that will result in the production of multiple, internationally recognized scientific outputs, the translation of findings into beneficial policies and projects, student training and supervision, proposal writing and income generation.