Senior Researcher in Epidemiology (Two-year contract)

Stellenbosch University

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Position type:

Full time

03 May 2018
21 May 2018

Full details:

Reference number: STELL-NW11/132/0418

South African DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Epidemiological Modelling and Analysis (SACEMA)

Senior Researcher (Two-year contract)

(Ref. NW11/132/0418)

The South African Centre for Epidemiological Modelling & Analysis (SACEMA) is a national research centre established under the Centre of Excellence programme of the Department of Science and Technology and the National Research Foundation, and based at Stellenbosch University in Stellenbosch, South Africa. SACEMA specialises in model-based analysis to improve health in South Africa and across the African continent. Trained in mathematics, biology, physics, economics, statistics, and epidemiology, our researchers bridge disciplines to understand disease dynamics and improve real-world outcomes.

The Desmond Tutu Tuberculosis Centre (DTTC), Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University, is a world leader in tuberculosis clinical and epidemiological research.  The DTTC works to improve the health of vulnerable groups through high quality clinical and epidemiological research which influences policy and practice to impact on TB and HIV in the South African context and globally.

SACEMA and DTTC are hiring a Senior Researcher, to be jointly appointed at both Centres (50/50) and reporting to the Director: SACEMA. The ideal candidate would have medical training, extensive experience working on the epidemiology of tuberculosis (TB) in high-incidence settings, including in South Africa, and in combining mathematical modelling approaches with real-world data to address important research questions to improve TB control. Salary support will be provided from SACEMA’s core funds (up to 50%) and through external grants secured in collaboration with SACEMA and/or DTTC. The incumbent will split time between the SACEMA offices in Stellenbosch and the DTTC offices at the DTTC, Tygerberg Campus.



  • Leading the SACEMA-DTTC TB modelling partnership, including developing opportunities for research collaborations and capacity building activities;
  • Developing a research programme on the epidemiology and control of TB in high-incidence settings, with a focus on work that combines clinical and modelling approaches, and leading to continuous accredited high-quality research output;
  • Leading and collaborating on grant proposals to support the above-mentioned research programme;
  • Supervising students at the Honours, Masters, and/or Doctoral level;
  • Contributing positively to the DTTC and SACEMA communities through service and regular engagement with students, other researchers and support staff.


Job Requirements

  • PhD in Epidemiology or other relevant discipline;
  • Minimum five years' relevant experience working on the epidemiology and control of TB in high-incidence settings;
  • Experience working in clinical research settings;
  • Experience in developing mathematical models to address research questions applicable to TB control;
  • A record of continuous, accredited high-quality research output, with a growing record of publication;
  • Post-doctoral research experience and/or multiple publications as the lead or senior author;
  • A record of successful collaboration, including collaborations with international researchers; 
  • Demonstrated potential to secure external research funding;
  • Demonstrated ability to quickly acquire new skills and work in a collaborative environment;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.



  • Medical degree (MBChB, MD, or equivalent);
  • At least three years' postdoctoral experience (i.e. post PhD or post MD training);
  • A record of successful collaboration with researchers at other institutions within South Africa and elsewhere;
  • Project management experience;
  • Experience interacting with government bodies, foundations, funders, or other external institutions of potential benefit to the research agenda at SACEMA and the DTTC.


How to apply

Apply online byusing the "Apply Now" link.


Your application, comprising a comprehensive curriculum vitae (including the names andcontact details of at least three referees, at least one South African and at least one international), copies of upto three publications, must reach the University before or on the closing date of the advertised post. Inclusion of a personal career development plan for the two-year appointment, is desirable.

The University will consider all applications in terms of its Employment Equity Plan, which acknowledges the need to diversify the demographic composition ofthe staff corps, especially with regard to the appointment of suitable candidates from the designated groups

The University reserves the right not to make an appointment.

The University reserves the right to investigate qualifications and conduct background checks on all candidates.

Should no feedback be received from the University within six weeks of the closing date, kindly accept that your application did not succeed.



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Closing date: 

21 May 2018


Commencement date: 

1 November 2018

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