South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC)
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The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) strives to improve the nation’s health and quality of life by funding and conducting relevant and leading health research.  It further aims to promote equity, career development and progression.  The organisation prides itself on three core values: being pioneering, striving for excellence and working collaboratively.

Individuals are invited to submit applications in response to the following position:


Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Research Unit
Cape Town Office

Twelve part time (25 hours per week) positions, 6-month contract

The Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Research Unit is looking for experienced, energetic and organized fieldworkers to work on project MIND, a trial of a mental health counselling intervention for patients living with a chronic disease. Fieldworkers will work within one of the following clinics: Ceres; Klawer; Lutzville; Vredendal. They will be responsible for screening and recruiting participants, conducting study interviews on a tablet, tracking participants within the community to retain them in the study, among other duties.


  • Ensuring compliance with study protocols
  • Screening, recruitment and enrollment of participants
  • Tracking and retaining participants in the study
  • Completion of questionnaires using a computer tablet
  • Administrative duties

Core Requirements:

  • Have at least one year of work experience.
  • Have a Matric
  • Speak fluent Afrikaans or isXhosa in addition to English.
  • Be computer literate
  • Have excellent interpersonal skills

Pay will be commensurate with experience and qualifications and will be at the level of senior research technician (entry) (R6, 302 per month cost to company) for a 25 hour work week.

Successful candidates will be provided with relevant on-the-job training. This is a part-time, six month contract position.

In accordance with the SAMRC’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.


The SAMRC retains the right not to make an appointment.

Closing date: 26 January 2018

Should no feedback be received within 30 days of the closing date,
kindly consider your application as unsuccessful.

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Last updated:
15 January, 2018
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