Human Sciences Research Council Available Job Opportunity

Posted on :

23 Sep, 2021

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Research Jobs in South Africa, Trainee Jobs in South Africa

The Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators (CeSTII) is a specialist research centre within the Human Sciences Research Council that is dedicated to producing policy relevant research and statistical analysis in the domain of science, technology and innovation. CeSTII has a vision to be a thought and practice leader as well as an acknowledged site of excellence in its field and aims to consolidate its position as a value-adding component of South Africa’s national innovation system.





Job Title: PhD Research Trainee
Location: Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Reference #: (Ref: PhD Intern CeSTII – 09/2021)
Contract Type: Contract 36 Months
Salary: Market Related

Job Summary:
CeSTII seeks to appoint one PhD Research Intern who has studied and has an interest in the field of science, technology, innovation and development. The appointment is for a period of three years.

The Internship Programme in the HSRC is meant to provide the successful candidates with an opportunity to further develop their research expertise by working with subject experts and project specialists. The internship experience is intensive and requires mature individuals who are able to work independently as well as in a team. The successful individuals will be required to balance day to day duties and responsibilities in CeSTII and the HSRC with PhD related work and complete their thesis within 3 years. Time is set aside for this purpose.

Key responsibilities will include:
•Working as required on all aspects of the business innovation surveys in the formal and informal sectors, other surveys, and analysis of resultant survey and other data;
•Writing reports, fact sheets and policy briefs from survey work and other research projects;
•Producing peer reviewed research articles that appear in accredited journals;
•Assisting in organising and facilitating stakeholder workshops and other stakeholder engagements;
•Writing up research results for workshops/conferences, and presenting such research;
•Assisting in drafting proposals for funding applications;
•Making demonstrable progress towards the achievement of a Doctoral degree;
•Developing own personal academic competencies through formal and informal training activities; and
•Compilation of all specific duties and deliverables assigned in an individual performance- based contract.

Key requirements:

•Applicants must be in possession of a Master’s degree in a field closely related to the study of science, technology, innovation and development, and should be registered for, or about to register for, a PhD with a registered South African University;
•Experience in and understanding of the concepts of the National System of Innovation will be an added advantage;
•Sound knowledge of quantitative and qualitative data management and data analysis will be very advantageous.
•A sound academic record;
•Two to three years’ experience in the preparation of research reports and manuscripts for publication, whilst having peer reviewed articles in recognized journals will be advantageous;
•Experience in communicating research findings at conferences;
•Curiosity, enthusiasm and interest in a research career that includes working with quantitative and qualitative data;
•Ability to work independently and in a team environment, good communication and leadership skills are required; and
•Proficiency in or working experience with some or all of the following programmes: MS Access, Excel, Word, SPSS, STATA, NVivo/Atlas.ti.

The HSRC offers attractive, market-related packages depending on qualifications and experience.

Applications: In your application, please include 1) a letter of motivation indicating the position you are applying for, 2) your CV, 3) a copy of current earnings on a cost-to-company basis if applicable 4) a one-page outline of your PhD thesis or proposed PhD thesis, 5) a copy of your academic transcripts as well as 6) the names of three contactable referees (with telephone, fax and e-mail contact details).

The HSRC will only consider applications that include the above requirements. Applicants may be required to undertake a written exercise in the competencies required for the position.


To Apply:

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Application Deadline: 13/10/2021


•Ensure you use Google Chrome or Firefox from a computer or laptop, AND NOT A CELL PHONE
•Only your CV can be uploaded on the first page after you have registered/logged in.
•ALL OTHER DOCUMENTS can be uploaded on the “Document” tab on your profile
•Attachments must be less than 2 MB.

Due to the volumes received, the HSRC no longer accepts emailed or hard copy applications.
Enquiries and not applications may be directed to Dr Il-haam Petersen via email at [email protected].

The HSRC is committed to accelerating the improvement in the proportion of its South African senior managers, research leaders and support staff who are black, female or disabled.

Closing date: 13 October 2021. We encourage applicants to submit prior to that date. Applicants who have not been contacted within eight weeks should assume that their application has been unsuccessful. Only applicants who are interviewed will be advised of the outcome of their applications.



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