South African Research Chair in Lung Infection & Immunity in Poverty Related Diseases

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 position 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 lung infection and immunity, 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 will have a strong translational focus on lung diseases associated with poverty, including tuberculosis (TB), drug-resistant tuberculosis, pneumonia, HIV, and airway diseases. The Chair will be expected to have sound knowledge of research ethics, patient recruitment, and project management that interfaces the laboratory with the bedside.

Key Requirements:

  • Doctoral degree in immunology, molecular biology, or a related discipline AND/OR a specialist clinical qualification with an outstanding research track record.

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 Lung Infection & Immunity in poverty related diseases”, 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.

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

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

Telephone: +27 21 650 5405

Faculty Website

NRF website

Reference number: SR549/13

Closing date for applications: 21 October 2013

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