Graduate Internship Opporunity at AISA 2017

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27 Nov, 2017

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The Africa Institute of South Africa (AISA) in the HSRC undertakes basic, applied and comparative research devoted to the study of Africa development challenges and opportunities.
The Institute’s mission is to produce evidence-based knowledge from research which is needed to inform African public policy and practice, with special emphasis on sustainable development processes; good governance, human security, peace and security; and science, technology and innovation.

Additionally, the Institute collaborates with other key players on the continent and provides research-based policy advice to African multilateral organisations and government departments on public affairs. The work of the Institute makes a direct contribution to addressing the many dimensions of the study of Africa by Africans and reversing the Continent’s marginalization in the global knowledge economy.

AISA seeks to appoint 1 PhD Interns from 1st January 2018. The internship experience is intensive and seeks mature individuals who are able to work independently as well as in a team.
The appointed Intern will develop their research expertise by working closely with other experts and project specialists in the HSRC. If they are not yet already registered, the Interns will be required to enrol for their PhD Degree programme with a University in South Africa as soon as possible.

In addition to completing their degrees,
•The PhD Interns will be required to actively contribute to the conceptualisation and implementation of other research projects in the Institute.
•This will also include identification of relevant calls for proposals and contributing to the development of proposals for funding;
•Collection and analysis of data;
•Write-up of research reports and other outputs for publication and conference presentations;
•As we as assisting with administrative duties in the Institute when requested do so.

Key Requirements:
•Applicants for the PhD internship must have graduated with a Master’s degree and be either already registered for a PhD or eligible to register within the first year of taking up the internship at AISA;
•Candidates must have relevant qualifications and an interest in one or more of the following priority areas of academic study;

Sustainable Development in Africa
Governance, Peace & Security in Africa

•Computer literacy including MS Office, Outlook and Excel and related applications is required;
•Good planning and organisational skills, including working well under pressure;
•Sound communication skills (verbal as well as report writing);
•A sound conceptual grounding in the discipline and in qualitative and/ quantitative research methods;
•Sound modelling & simulation skills will be an added advantage.
•Applicants must be South African citizens or Africans with the right to reside and study in South Africa.


In your application, please include:

1)A one-page letter of motivation indicating your suitability for the position;
2)A detailed CV, that includes indication of South African citizenship or residency status;
3)A writing sample such as a published paper, as well as a one-page outline of your Masters’ Degree thesis; and
4)List of three recent referees and their contact details through telephone or e-mail.

Please indicate the relevant reference number that appears in this advert. The HSRC will only consider applications that include the above requirements. Applicants maybe be required to undertake a written exercise in the competencies required for the position. The HSRC is committed to accelerating the proportion of its researchers who are black, female or disabled.

Please submit your application to: The Head: Human Resources, HSRC, Private Bag X41, Pretoria 0001, or hand deliver to the HSRC Building, Room S944, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria.

For enquiries (and not applications) please contact Dr Emmanuel Sekyere on +27(0)12 316 9770 or Prof Sylvester Maphosa.

If you do not receive any response from us within eight weeks, please accept that your application was unsuccessful. Only candidates who are interviewed will be advised of the outcome of their application.

The HSRC reserves the right to not make an appointment


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