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:

Fieldworker/Research Assistant

Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Research Unit
Cape Town Office

One full time position, one year contract

The Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Research Unit is looking for an experienced, energetic and organised fieldworker to work on project TRUST, a cohort study examining the impact of alcohol use on TB treatment outcomes. 

The successful candidate will be responsible for screening and recruiting participants, conducting study interviews, coordinating community health workers responsible for daily observed therapy (DOT), tracking and retaining participants in the study and transporting participants to key study appointments, among other duties. Successful candidates will be based in Worcester and will work within local health facilities.


  • Ensuring compliance with study protocols
  • Screening, recruitment and enrollment of participants
  • Coordination of DOT workers
  • Tracking and retaining participants in the study
  • Completion of questionnaires
  • Transporting participants to study appointments
  • Research administrative duties including data entry

Core Requirements:

  • Have at least three years of relevant experience
  • Have a Matric
  • Speak fluent Afrikaans in addition to English
  • Have a valid South African driver’s licence
  • Be comfortable working with participants who have active TB disease

A salary in the region of R121 000.00 per annum, cost-to-company, will be negotiated in consideration of experience and qualifications and will be at the level of Senior Research Technician (entry).

Successful candidates will be provided with relevant on-the-job training.

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: 30 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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