University of South Africa: Senior Researcher

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5 Nov, 2012

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Research Jobs in South Africa

The purpose of the position is to:

  • Initiate, stimulate and participate in individual and collaborative ODL research and research projects.
  • Conduct ODL research in order to produce at least four accredited research outputs in a period of three years, thereby enhancing the University’s standing as a research institute of international repute.
  • Organise conferences, seminars and research colloquia in ODL.
  • Assist and where appropriate supervise postgraduate students.
  • Provide support and contribute to ODL capacity development.
  • Be involved in community engagement and academic citizenship.
  • Contribute to achieving the department’s strategic and operational objectives through the above-mentioned endeavours.


  • minimum of a Master’s Degree in Education, E-learning, distance education or related fields and an intention to register for a PhD/Doctorate (in ODL education or e-learning).
  • Must have at least three years teaching or research experience in a higher education institution, preparing learning resources and using a range of technologies.
  • Demonstrated potential to do and publish research and present papers.
  • Knowledge of ODL, e-learning and distance education theories and praxis.
    • Ability to participate in collaborative research activities.
    • Skills needed: presentation, conduct data analysis and use data analysis software e.g. Atlas.ti or SPSS.
    • Minimum of two accredited research outputs over the preceding five years.


  • Proven experience in a range of research methodologies and data analysis.
  • Willingness to geographically relocate for short-term periods as a visiting researcher.
  • Proven research publication record.
  • Experience in the organization of events, seminars, colloquia.
  • Proven track record to attract research funding.
  • NRF rating


  • Identifies, develops research proposals and conducts individual and collaborative multi-, inter- and trans- disciplinary (MIT) reflexive research on the impact of teaching and learning in an ODL context.
  • Develops proposals for funding purposes to support ODL research projects
  • Organises and participates in departmental, institutional, national and international conferences, seminars and research colloquia.
  • Presents papers at institutional, national and international conferences.
  • Publishes at least four accredited research outputs in a period of three years.
  • Participates in, serves and occasionally leads project teams that conduct ODL research.
  • Reviews academic outputs and research reports.
  • Participates in ODL research capacity development.
  • Assists in the supervision of postgraduate students where appropriate.

Salary: Remuneration is commensurate with the seniority of the position

Closing date:             16 November 2012

Enquiries:                  (012) 429 2684  Ms Thuli Ndou

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