Researcher in Epidemiological Modelling (SACEMA)

The South African Centre for Epidemiological Modelling & Analysis (SACEMA), Stellenbosch University, is looking for a Researcher in Epidemiological Modelling (Two-year Contract Appointment with Benefits) (Ref. NW11/146/0412).

SACEMA, a national research centre established under the Centre of Excellence programme of the Department of Science & Technology and the National Research Foundation, specialises in the innovative mathematical modelling and statistical analyses relevant to diseases, in particular HIV and TB, prevalent in South Africa, Southern Africa and the African continent.

In collaboration with Imperial College London, and supported by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation, SACEMA is playing a supporting and co-ordinating role in work packages of the HIV Modelling Consortium ( which aims to accelerate progress in the modelling community on issues of high concern to policy makers.

Based at the Stellenbosch University in Stellenbosch, South Africa, the successful candidate will work closely with modellers, funders and policy makers from around the world, and have access to a generous travel and logistical budget and support network.


  • Performing literature reviews on emerging issues in HIV transmission and intervention;
  • writing carefully crafted calls for proposals in response to recent developments and steering committee directives; 
  • co-ordinating the review of applications for funding;
  • supporting work packages through mathematical modelling, statistical analysis, computational tool development, and the writing of reports and articles.


  • Proven ability to develop and critique mathematical and statistical models; 
  • some experience in the epidemiology of HIV; 
  • excellent spoken and written communication skills.

Recommendations: PhD in a quantitative aspect of Public Health, Epidemiology, Statistics or Dynamical Modelling.

Commencement of duties: As soon as possible

Closing date: 16 May 2012

Enquiries regarding job content: Alex Welte on +27 21 808 2589

Enquiries regarding remuneration and benefits: Human Resources Client Services Centre on +27 21 808 2753

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Your application, comprising a comprehensive curriculum vitae (including the names and contact details of at least two referees), must reach the University before or on the closing date of the advertised post.

It is important that applicants request their referees to forward confidential reports by the closing date to

The University will consider all applications in terms of its Employment Equity Plan, which acknowledges the need to diversify the demographic composition of the staff corps, especially with regard to the appointment of suitable candidates from the designated groups. The University reserves the right not to make an appointment. Candidates may be subjected to appropriate psychometric testing and other selection instruments

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