Posted on :
19 Oct, 2021
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, in the African context. 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. CeSTII includes specialists in the area of science, technology and innovation measurement and policy, as well as economic development and other social science disciplines.
Job Title: Research Specialist
Location: Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Reference #: (Ref: CESTII 10-21 BIS)
Contract Type: Contract
Salary: Market Related
CeSTII wishes to appoint a suitably qualified and experienced candidate to fill a vacant position in its office in Cape Town. The main responsibility is to build and strengthen the capacity of the Centre in the field of innovation surveys which includes managing the survey process, analyzing data and producing fact sheets, reports, policy briefs and so on to communicate with stakeholders. The level of appointment will depend on qualifications, experience, publication record and recent performance.
•Design, conceptualize and execute multi-year research programmes, focused on Innovation measurement;
•Design and manage all aspects of large scale, national surveys to international standards, and contribute to debates on appropriate methodologies for measuring the socio-economic impact of science, technology and innovation;
•Develop and update research instruments, research designs, and sampling frames;
•Manage and undertake field work for large scale research studies including surveys;
•Conduct statistical data analysis or interpretation of such analysis, particularly on Innovation and economic development;
•Undertake analysis of data and develop policy relevant research outputs and data from other secondary sources;
•Provide technical research support to researchers in the HSRC and external clients;
•Provide mentorship to junior researchers in terms of research skills and in further studies;
•Prepare research reports and manuscripts for publication of a high standard;
•Communicate research findings at conferences, policy dialogues, workshops and other meetings;
•Disseminate research findings and implications through various modalities;
•Participate in the development of proposals to seek external funding from both local and international funding agencies;
•Publish in the peer reviewed scientific literature;
•Develop personal academic competencies through formal and informal training activities.
•PhD, or Masters, several years’ experience, 3 publications, most sole/first-authored
•Experience in the interpretation of economic indicators will be an advantage;
•Training in science, technology and innovation measurement and/or policy, economics or econometrics will be an advantage;
•An established research career as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications;
•Experience in survey research methods, ideally with strong quantitative skills;
•Ability to work across disciplinary boundaries;
•Understanding of South Africa’s political economy and economic development challenges;
•Ability to mentor interns and lead research teams;
•Experience of engaging with policy-makers;
•Ability to work well under pressure and to meet deadlines.
•Experience in science, technology and innovation indicators and measurement.
The HSRC offers attractive, market-related packages depending on qualifications and experience.
In your application, please include (1) a letter of motivation; (2) a comprehensive CV; (3) three copies of sole/first authored peer reviewed publications; and (4) the names of three contactable referees (with mobile/telephone, e-mail and fax contact details). Please indicate the specific position you are applying for and include the reference number. The HSRC will only consider applications that comply with the above requirements. Applicants may be required to undertake a written exercise in the competencies required for the position.
APPLICATIONS FROM RECRUITMENT AGENCIES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
Application Deadline: 31/10/2021
Please note the following:
•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.
•Should you experience problems applying online, please send your applications to [email protected] Clearly indicate the reference number in the subject line.
For further enquiries regarding the research specialist position, and not applications, please contact Dr Moses Sithole on email at [email protected]
The HSRC is committed to accelerating the improvement in the proportion of its senior managers and research leaders who are black, female or disabled.
Applicants who have not been contacted within eight weeks should assume that their application has been 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.