African research fellow

The Population Health, Health System and Innovation (PHHSI) research programme conducts primary and secondary research on health, health interventions and impact evaluation, which enables evidence-based decision-making by our partners. PHHSI works with external partners, the research programmes of the HSRC and, through various networks, builds expertise in South Africa and the continent. The priority research areas of PHHSI are infant, child and maternal health including reproductive health; health systems and policy; social determinants of health, nutrition;health promotion, mental health, and gender in health and development.

Applicants must be Africans residing on the African continent who do not possess citizenship or permanent residence status in South Africa. Although the HSRC will endeavour to facilitate the process, it will be the candidate’s responsibility to secure a work permit in accordance with the South African Government’s applicable legislation and procedures. Applicants must have either a PhD in Public Health, especially in Health Economics or Health Systems or Health Policy or Medical or Social Epidemiology or related fields, and a minimum of 5 years of appropriate research experience. Applicants are expected to hold similar position(s) in other research organizations or to hold the rank of either full Professor or Associate Professor or equivalent at university level. The level of appointment offered will depend on qualifications, relevant experience and the number of publications in the peer reviewed literature.

Key responsibilities:

  • Co-ordinate and undertake research projects, leading to the production of scholarly outputs;
  • Identify research partners and stakeholders who can become part of the programme’s research network;
  • Participate in public debates as part of disseminating project outputs;
  • Formulate grant proposals for major long term research projects;
  • Mentor and build research capacity development of young South African researchers;
  • Publish in the peer reviewed literature.

Key requirements:

  • A relevant PhD level qualification in social sciences and/or public health;
  • Extensive experience and a minimum of 12 publications in the peer-reviewed literature, several of which should be first/sole authored in international journals;
  • Intellectual and personal integrity, imagination and drive;
  • A strong user-orientation, based on a commitment to social research that makes a difference;
  • The ability and enthusiasm to engage as a team player in multidisciplinary research, to manage research teams, and to mentor and train team members;
  • A keenness to engage and facilitate dialogues with different sections of the South African public;
  • An ability and willingness to communicate research findings in an accessible manner to the broader public through the media (radio & television).

The HSRC offers attractive, market-related packages depending on qualifications and experience. Applications: In your application, please include a letter of motivation, your CV, and the names of three contactable referees (with telephone, fax and e-mail contact details), and copies of up to three of your sole or first-authored peer-reviewed publications. 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. Please submit your application on-line at If you experience problems applying online, please contact Skillsmap Support on +27 12 420 7200 or email [email protected] or [email protected]

Enquiries  may be directed to Prof Charles Hongoro on +27 12 302 2250 or email [email protected]

The HSRC is committed to accelerating the improvement in the proportion of its senior managers, research leaders and support staff who are black, female or disabled.

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.