In delivering ‘social science that makes a difference’ in South Africa and the region, 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.
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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.
To this end, the leadership of CeSTII with the full support of the Executive team and Board of the HSRC, is embarking on a recruitment strategy that will build on the existing strong team and excellent reputation by expanding to include specialists in the area of science, technology and innovation policy as well as economic development and other social science disciplines.
The Centre is also placing more attention on project and programme management and strengthening its performance culture and will be recruiting persons with skills, training and experience in those areas.
CeSTII seeks to appoint one PhD Research Intern who has studied and has an interest in the measurement 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.
Job Functions Research
•Working as required on all aspects of the national R&D survey, Innovation survey, other projects, and analysis of resultant survey and other data;
•Writing reports, fact sheets and policy briefs from survey work and other projects;
•Making demonstrable progress towards the achievement of a Doctoral degree;
•Producing peer reviewed research articles that appear in accredited journals;
•Writing up research results for workshops/conferences/presentations;
•Developing own personal academic competencies through formal and informal training activities;
•Compilation of all specific duties and deliverables assigned in an individual performance based contract.
•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 data management and data analysis or statistical skills will be very advantageous;
•A sound academic record;
•Two – 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 survey findings at conferences;
•Curiosity, enthusiasm and interest in a research career that includes working with statistics and data analysis;
•Ability to work independently and in a team environment, good communication and leadership skills are required;
•Proficiency in or working experience with some or all of the following programmes: MS Access, Excel, Word, SPSS, STATA.
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.
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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: 26 January 2018. 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.
THE HSRC RESERVES THE RIGHT TO NOT MAKE AN APPOINTMENT