Senior Lecturer Health Economics and Policy

The Senior Lecturer will assume a key role in teaching in the field of health economics and policy. Together with HEU staff, s/he will teach on the Masters in Public Health (Health Economics), the Diploma in Health Economics, coordinate module(s) and supervise PhD and Masters Students. S/he is expected to take initiative with senior HEU staff for developing new research project protocols and for securing funding for such projects.

Requirements include:

  • A PhD in any of the following areas: health economics, health systems, economics, development economics, development studies, public finance/policy, public health specialising in social epidemiology, or politics philosophy and economics
  • A demonstrated knowledge of health systems research 
  • Established research record 
  • Experience in working with a team of researchers, including supervision of more junior researchers
  • Experience in low- and/or middle-income countries, preferably in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Teaching experience and postgraduate thesis supervision
  • Preferably some experience in working with public sector health managers (at various levels of government)
  • Experience in raising research grants
  • Good writing, presentation and conceptual skills
  • Ability to work well in a multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural team and should be willing to travel.

Responsibilities include:

  • Research: play a key role with other unit staff in research projects including: securing ongoing funding and writing proposals in line with the unit’s strategic direction; presentation of research to policy makers and international conferences; publish in peerreviewed journals
  • Teaching: play a key role in the Masters in Public Health and Postgraduate Diploma in Health Economics programmes; supervise Masters and PhD students
  • Administration: take responsibility for financial reporting and module coordination on Masters and Diploma programmes.

Information on the Health Economics Unit may be viewed at HEU website. The remuneration package, including benefits is available on request.

Application process: To apply, please e-mail the completed UCT Application form and all other relevant documentation as indicated on the form, to Mrs C Snyders, Staff Recruitment and Selection, University of Cape Town, Rondebosch, 7700.

E-mail:; Telephone: +27 21 650 5405; website:

An application which does not comply with the above requirements will be regarded as incomplete.

Reference number for this post: SR076/11

Closing date for applications: 25th March 2011

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