South African Research Chair in Clinical Neurosciences

The South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) of the Department of Science and Technology and the National Research Foundation (DST/NRF) aims to strengthen leadership and capacity in scientific research at South African universities. The University of Cape Town invites applications from suitably qualified and experienced persons for the above-mentioned Research Chair, located in the Department of Medicine, within the Faculty of Health Sciences. This is a full-time contract post for 4 years, renewable for a further cycle of 5 years subject to DST/NRF approval. The successful candidate should be a dynamic researcher with an international reputation in clinical neurosciences, who has an excellent publication track record, experience in acquiring grant funding from international agencies, a track record of postgraduate student supervision and mentorship, and experience in leading a productive and internationally recognised research group. Invited candidates will be expected to prepare a proposal in the defined research area, in collaboration with the Head of Department, for approval by the NRF prior to finalisation of the appointment.

The research should have a strong translational focus and the Chair will be expected to advance knowledge about neuro-degeneration and its underlying mechanisms.  It would be an advantage for the research area to have synergy with existing research projects which would include the following: age-associated neuro-degenerative disorders, HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders, stroke, and infections of the nervous system. The research will complement and leverage the University’s existing strengths in the areas of neurology, psychiatry, medical imaging, psychology and molecular biology. 

Key Requirements:

  • A doctoral degree and/or a specialist clinical qualification with an outstanding research track record
  • International recognition in clinical neurosciences.
  • Broad knowledge of neurology and related fields including general medicine, neuro-psychology, neuropsychiatry and neurochemistry, with expertise in at least one of these areas.
  • The ability to perform and co-ordinate inter-disciplinary translational research.
  • Experience in clinical trials will be an advantage.

The salary will be commensurate at the level of Full Professor or Associate Professor on the standard academic salary package or the UCT clinical payline.

To apply, please e-mail the completed UCT Application form (HR201), clearly indicating the post for which you are applying and all other relevant documentation as indicated on the form, with the subject line “SARChI Clinical Neurosciences”, followed by the reference number, to Ms Edith Graham at edith.graham@uct.ac.za Enquiries about the position may also be sent to Ms Graham.

Address: Staff Recruitment and Selection, University of Cape Town, Rondebosch, 7700, South Africa.

Telephone: +27 21 650 5405

Faculty Website

NRF website

Reference number: SR548/13

Closing date for applications: 21 October 2013

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