Senior Scientist (Health Information Systems Researcher)

A health information systems researcher is required to join the Burden of Disease Research Unit (BoDRU) in Cape Town to work on the following projects:

  • Evaluation of the availability, quality and use of routine health records to support health care services in South Africa.
  • Analysis and interpretation of epidemiological and programme data on maternal, newborn and child health services in South Africa.  

 The successful candidate is required to assume the following duties:

  • Undertake literature reviews.
  • Develop research protocols.
  • Manage research projects.
  • Write scientific reports and papers for publication.
  • Present research results at scientific conferences and scientific or collaborators’ meetings.

Candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Masters degree or equivalent NQF level 7 qualification in Health Informatics, Epidemiology, Demography, Public Health (MPH), or a related field relevant to the job requirements.
  • A minimum of 3 years of relevant research experience.
  • A good understanding of South African health care services and supporting health information systems
  • Experience in applying mixed qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • Training and/or work experience in maternal, newborn and child health
  • Masters project- or work-related experience with managing data and statistical analysis in STATA and Excel
  • Computer literacy in MS packages and electronic literature searching
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to communicate with local and international collaborators and stakeholders.

To be considered for appointment at the higher level within this rank, the following factors would be taken into account:

  • A relevant publication record which includes at least one first author publication
  • Proven progress towards the completion of a PhD in a topic relevant to this position
  • Experience of evaluation of at least one health information system in a low-resource setting
  • An understanding of clinical aspects of maternal, newborn and child health
  • Participation in the development and/or writing of a successful grant proposal
  • Experience of managing a research project or a component of a project
  • Experience of mentoring and/or co-supervising postgraduate students.

2 year contract

A salary in the region of R 500 968 per annum, cost-to-company will be negotiated based on proven competence and experience.

Forward your application, comprising a full CV, a covering letter of motivation, a sample of your own scientific writing and contact details of three referees, to Mrs Janet Ndimande, Human Capital management Division, MRC, P.O Box 19070, Tygerberg 7505 or fax 086 742 8365 or via e-mail to

Closing date: 30 May 2014. 

Please quote the reference number (R753) in all communications.

Certified copies of your ID and highest formal qualifications must be submitted with this application. Should your application not contain the required information and documents, it will unfortunately not be considered.

The MRC retains the right not to make an appointment.  In accordance with the MRC’s Employment Equity Plan, preference will be given to suitably qualified candidates from the designated groups.  For this reason we require race, gender and disability status to be specified. Disabled persons are encouraged to apply.

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