2 positions at Cochrane South Africa

Research Scientist

We are looking for a an experienced scientist with a strong qualitative and/or quantitative research background, who will be expected to make a substantial contribution to Cochrane South Africa’s  research on vaccine acceptance and uptake. The successful candidate will be required to take up the position as soon as possible. The level at which the appointment will be made will depend on the experience and expertise of the successful candidate.

The SAMRC fully subscribes to the principles of employment equity.

Core Requirements:

  • Masters’ degree in Public Health, Psychology, or related fields.
  • Knowledge of qualitative and/or quantitative research methods.
  • One co-authored publication and one first-author publication (which may be written for a lay audience).
  • Good project management, coordination, and verbal communication skills.

Desired Attributes:

  • Three years of senior research and management experience in a research institution or a university.
  • Training in quantitative statistical methods.
  • First-author publications in ISI journals.
  • Research or work experience in vaccination.


Key responsibility Areas Duties:

  • Preparing research findings for publication in leading academic journals in collaboration with other staff in the Unit.
  • Developing new ideas and incorporating them into planned or new research; co-ordination of research projects; developing standard operating procedures; organisation of data; and managing staff
  • Presenting research at national conferences, meetings, and seminars; and contribution to stakeholder liaisons related to research projects
  • Supervision of students, engagement in teaching, and training of staff in the Unit.

Remuneration: A salary in the region of R435 000 per annum, cost-to-company will be negotiated in consideration of experience and qualifications.

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Postdoctoral Fellowship

We invite applications for a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Cochrane South Africa, an intra-mural research unit at the SAMRC. The successful applicant will work on a project aimed at producing high-quality research evidence on immunisation issues and working with relevant decision makers to translate the evidence into policy and practice. Immunisation is one of the most powerful public health interventions available to improve child survival, not only by directly combatting key causes of deaths in children, but also by providing a platform for broader health services.


  • Preparing research findings for publication in leading academic journals (at least 2 first author papers per year) in collaboration with other team members.
  • Leading planned research, assisting with research development, creating training protocols, and assisting with data collection.
  • Developing new ideas and incorporating them into planned or new research, assisting with grant writing, and handling administrative tasks including ethics committee submissions.
  • Presenting research at scientific conferences and meetings; attending research seminars; and mentoring graduate students and staff as needed.

Core Requirements

  • A doctoral degree (in vaccinology, public health, psychology, or related discipline) obtained within the last five years.


  • Experience in childhood or adolescent vaccination.
  • Training in quantitative statistical methods.

The value of the fellowship is R350,000 per annum, for two or three years depending on the availability of funds.

In accordance with the SAMRC’s Employment Equity Plan, preference will be given to suitably qualified candidates from the designated groups. For this reason, we require race, gender and disability status to be specified. Disabled persons are encouraged to apply.