Postdoctoral Fellowship in Epidemiology, SATVI, UCT

The South African Tuberculosis Vaccine Initiative (SATVI) performs cutting-edge clinical, epidemiological and immunological research in TB pathogenesis and vaccine development. We are inviting applications for a postdoctoral fellowship within our clinical research team, to work on a project addressing the role of age and gender in risk for TB infection and disease during adolescence. This project will make use of existing data, but it is expected that the successful applicant will help develop new, grant-funded studies to address critical questions in TB vaccinology. The post-doctoral fellow will also assist with supervision of research projects for junior post-graduate students in the SATVI team.

The candidate should have achieved a PhD degree within the last 5 years and should not have held any prior permanent professional or academic positions. The fellowship is initially tenable for one year and may be extended for further periods, depending on availability of continued funding and on the academic performance of the candidate. The amount awarded to the successful incumbent will be valued between R220,000 and R320,000 and will depend on relevant experience and skills.

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Key requirements

  • PhD in epidemiology, or related field
  • Excellent biostatistical and analytical skills
  • Knowledge and experience in clinical research
  • Successful scientific manuscript and/or grant writing skills


  • Knowledge and experience in infectious disease research
  • Good one-on-one teaching skills
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Excellent presentation skills

The successful incumbent must be prepared to comply with the University’s approved policies, procedures and practices for the postdoctoral sector.

Potential applicants are encouraged to contact Associate Prof. Mark Hatherill, on telephone +27 21 404 7618 or preferably e-mail prior to application.

Please send: a letter of motivation, your full CV (no certificates), a 1-page condensed CV, the names, email and telephone of 3 referees to Mrs. K Trussell, by no later than 4th February 2013. Email:; Fax: +27 21 406 6693; Tel. +27 21 406 6012. Eligible candidates will be considered by Dr Hatherill, SATVI Director Prof. Willem Hanekom, and a subcommittee.

The University reserves the right to: disqualify late, ineligible, incomplete or inappropriate applications, and change the conditions of award, or to make no award at all.

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