Research manager

Research Manager (two positions at Senior Scientist/Specialist Scientist levels), with expertise in Biostatistics/Statistics.

Environment & Health Research Unit Johannesburg (Doornfontein campus of the University of Johannesburg).

The MRC Environment & Health Research Unit (E&HRU) conducts research on a range of environmental factors affecting the health of the South African population. Studies related to concerns such as lead poisoning and exposure to other toxic substances, the health of mining communities, urban poverty and climate change, are conducted across the country, in both urban and rural settings.

An exciting and challenging new position has been created for a Research Manager (up to two positions available) to oversee the conduct and ensure research integrity of key E&HRU research projects. Applicants should have a keen interest in, and suitable qualifications and research experience related to, environmental health. The successful candidate/s will be required to participate in (i) grant/proposal writing and/income generation, (ii) research management/coordination, including report writing and overseeing ethical requirements, (iii) conducting statistical analyses and providing statistical support to all in the E&HRU, (iv) overseeing data management in the E&HRU, (v) stakeholder management, including progress reports, (vi) overseeing research site management and (vii) publishing in peer reviewed journals.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Masters degree in Statistics/Biostatistics, Environmental Epidemiology, Public Health or other related field;
  • At least three years’ experience coordinating research projects relating to environmental or public health;
  • Project management experience, including budgeting, staff management and liaison with finance and other operational departments;
  • At least one first author and one co-authored publication in a peer reviewed journal;
  • Previous training in research integrity, for example, good clinical practice and/or human subjects protection;
  • Advanced proficiency with the Microsoft Office suite and a statistical package.

A PhD, or commencement of a PhD, would be advantageous.

This position is associated with a 3-year contract, which may be renewed dependent on outputs.

Applicants should be highly organized and meticulous, be able and willing to travel to study sites whenever needed, and have good verbal and written communication skills.

A cost-to-company remuneration package of R597 000 per annum or R684 000 per annum will be negotiated in accordance with qualifications and experience.

The application should comprise (i) a cover letter clearly explaining how each of the seven minimum requirements are met (ii) a detailed curriculum vitae that includes the contact details for three referees (iii) a copy of your identity document, and (iv) copies of your highest qualification certificates.

Please send these to Mrs Lee-Anne Louw, or Mrs Janet Ndimande, Human Capital management Division, MRC, P.O. Box 19070, Tygerberg 7505 or fax 082 742 8365 or via e-mail to

Closing Date: 06 March 2015

Please quote the reference number (R828) in all communications.

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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