Chief Research Officer : Cape Town

The South African Tuberculosis Vaccine Initiative (SATVI), located within the Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine (IIDMM), UCT, is involved in novel TB vaccine research. We are seeking to appoint a highly experienced Epidemiologist and invite applications from suitably qualified candidates for appointment to this 3-year contract position.

The main purpose of this position is to develop the organisation’s capacity to do advanced epidemiological studies. The Chief Research Officer will further be responsible for developing and sustaining a TB epidemiological research component within SATVI to complement TB vaccine development. Successful grant funding for new projects, development of a corps of epidemiology post-graduate students and post-doctoral fellows, and publication of high impact papers will be key to the success of this initiative.

Requirements include:

  • A PhD degree (relating to infectious diseases epidemiology) 
  • 5 years’ experience in epidemiology of infectious diseases
  • A record of academic excellence in research grants awarded

The following will be advantageous: 

  • An MBChB degree
  • Experience in TB/HIV epidemiology
  • A strong publication record in high impact journals
  • A track record of PhD and Master student supervision

The annual cost of employment, including benefits, is between R539 218 and R837 169, depending on qualifications and experience.

Application process:

Please e-mail the completed UCT Application form (HR201) and all other relevant documentation as indicated on the form, with the subject line “SATVI: CRO” followed by the reference number to Melanie Falken at

Download the application 

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

Address: Staff Recruitment and Selection, University of Cape Town, Private Bag X3, Rondebosch, 7700, South Africa.

Telephone: +27 21 650 5764

Departmental website:

Reference number for this position: SR546/13

Closing date for applications: 27 September 2013

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