Posted on :
23 Jul, 2021
23 Jul, 2021
In delivering ‘social science that makes a difference’, the Research Programmes of the Human Sciences Research Council initiate and undertake policy-oriented research projects and programmes from its offices in Cape Town, Durban, Pietermaritzburg, Port Elizabeth and Pretoria. Its public-purpose mandate is set out in the Human Sciences Research Council Act of 2008.
The Centre for Community Based Research (CCBR) exists within the Division of Human and Social Capabilities (HSC). The mission of the CCBR is to understand, identify and improve community wellbeing by exploring, describing and addressing health, education, and quality of life through novel mixed-methods approaches that combines multidisciplinary capacities, and to serve as a hub for knowledge generation, capacity building and training.
Through engagement and advocacy for community-informed approaches, the CCBR is a champion for this work within the Division and across the HSRC. The CCBR currently have staff in both Durban and Pietermaritzburg with plans to grow activities and capacity beyond the borders of the Sweetwaters office.
Job Title: Data Analyst
Location: Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Reference #: HSCCCBR DS 2021
Contract Type: Contract 36 Months
Salary: Market Related
The CCBR is looking for a suitably qualified person to take on the responsibilities of a data analyst for research projects implemented at the Sweetwaters office. The successful candidates will be assigned to provide support to multi-year projects delivering and evaluating health and behavioral interventions in the community setting. This position is offered on a 36-month contract.
•Write-up study design, sample size and analysis plan of proposals.
•Conduct complex statistical analysis.
•Developing relevant procedures for data processing and quality checking
•Supervise query resolution and provide routine data query reports
•Develop reporting summaries project operational data and key data indicators in discussion with the project leaders and investigators using Ms Excel pivot tables or relational database techniques
•Ability to interact with relevant stakeholders on statistical issues at the Health and Epidemiological project levels for research translation.
•Ability to communicate statistical concepts and information to non-statisticians in Health and Clinical Sciences.
•Evidence of engagement, teaching and training of either fellow staff or from university/public health/research institutions or stakeholders.
•Conduct training and support data transfers from data collection and processing tools
•Supervise timely data entry within agreed benchmarks for completion and data quality
Preference will be given to applicants with:
•Commitment to working as part of a multi-disciplinary research team
•Ability to work to strict deadlines
•Ability to problem solve, and to be well organised
•Ability to provide leadership, actively contribute to team performance and work independently
•Hold a Masters degree in statistics, biostatistics, or biometry
•At least 4 years’ experience in clinical and health research environments.
•Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills
•Evidence of academic background and peer-reviewed ISI publication history
•Proficient in programming in at least one statistical software.
•Oral presentations on at least 3 conferences/seminars/meetings in biostatistics.
1)A Covering motivation letter which clearly indicates the reference number of the position for which the applicant is applying for; and
2)A comprehensive CV; and
3)The details of three (3) recent referees with contact details (telephone / cell phone number and email address),
Application Deadline: 05/08/2021
Note: The HSRC will only consider applications that comply with the above requirements. Applicants may be required to undertake a written exercise or an oral presentation in the competencies required for the position.
The HSRC is committed to accelerating the improvement in the proportion of its South African Citizen senior managers and research leaders who are black, female or disabled.