H3Africa Initiative – Project Manager, PhD Researcher and Research Assistant

The aim of the Wits-INDEPTH H3Africa Collaborative Centre (AWI-Gen) is to study the genetic risk factors for body composition (including obesity, body mass distribution and waist & hip circumference), which together with environmental factors contribute to susceptibility for cardiometabolic diseases. This partnership includes five INDEPTH member Health and Demographic Surveillance System (HDSS) field sites across four African countries, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Kenya and South Africa, as well as an urban study site in Soweto (Birth to Twenty and other studies within the Developmental Pathways for Health Research Unit). The project is managed under the leadership of Prof Michèle Ramsay (Wits, Human Genetics and SBIMB) and Dr Osman Sankoh (Executive Director of INDEPTH).

Project Manager

The main responsibility will be to manage and coordinate the activities of the H3Africa Cardiometabolic Collaborative Centre (AWI-Gen) (Wits-INEPTH Partnership) and H3Africa Bionet projects according to good management practice, project protocols and the standard operating procedures for the WHC and the NIH.


  • A Master’s degree/MBA, preferably experience in the Natural Science field
  • A valid South African driver’s licence
  • A minimum of 2 years’ working experience, (preferably university environment)
  • Excellent computer literacy essential
  • Professional and academic writing skills in English
  • Financial reporting and administration skills
  • Preparedness to travel 2 or 3 times a year.

PhD Level Researcher

The incumbent will develop and conduct research into generic and environmental risk factors linked to cardiometabolic disease, together with the project team and publish findings. Duties will include research development, design and implementation; data generation, collection and management; development of SOPs and protocols; and analysing research data and publish research findings.


  • A PhD in the relevant discipline
  • A minimum of 2 years’ post-PhD research experience
  • A minimum of 5 peer-reviewed journal publications
  • Ability to handle large data sets
  • Experience in human genetic data
  • Ordered, systematic and analytical in approach to research
  • A valid South African driver’s licence
  • Preparedness to travel 2 to 3 times a year.

Research Assistant

The successful candidate will conduct research into genetic and environmental risk factors linked to cardiometabolic disease, together with the project team. Duties will include research implementation; data generation and management; analysis and assistance in writing publications and compiling relevant reports.


  • A Master’s degree in a relevant discipline
  • Working experience in generation and analysis of human genetic data highly advantageous
  • Ordered, systematic and analytical in approach to research
  • Proficiency in human molecular genetics techniques an advantage.

Should you be interested in applying for these vacancies, clearly state which vacancy you are applying for and forward your detailed CV and contact details of 3 referees to Janine Johnson at e-mail: jroper@witshealth.co.za or fax: 086 687 0876

The closing date for all applications is 4 February 2013.

The Wits Health Consortium will only respond to short-listed candidates. Candidates who have not been contacted within two weeks of the closing date can consider their applications unsuccessful.

In accordance with our Employment Equity goals and plan, preference will be given to suitable applicants from designated groups as defined in the Employment Equity Act 55 of 1998 and subsequent amendments thereto.

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