Building a healthy nation through research and innovation


The Medical Research Council strives to improve the nation's health status and quality of life through relevant and excellent health research aimed at promoting equity and development. The organisation's focus is to take its research to the public.

Closing date: 25 March 2015 | Research assistant
Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Research Unit, Delft
The Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Research Unit is looking for an experienced, energetic and highly organised research assistant with excellent interpersonal skills to work on Project MIND, an internationally-funded health systems strengthening project.
Closing date: 27 March 2015 | TB/HIV Specialist Scientist
HIV Prevention Research Unit, Durban
The HIV Prevention Research Unit (HPRU) aims to conduct relevant and responsive research on methods to prevent the sexual acquisition of HIV, with the primary focus on HIV and other co-morbidities/co-infections including TB in women and men.
Closing date: 27 March 2015 | Science Writer
HIV Prevention Research Unit, Durban
Write scientific reports/manuscripts/publications; Grant writing and protocol writing; Develop concept plans for data analysis; Develop initial draft for all manuscripts; Identify relevant peer reviewed journals; Conduct literature; searches and develop resource systems; Produce publications including Unit newsletter; Manuscipt Management including database of relevant journals, submission details, reference management, etc.
Closing date: 27 March 2015 | Senior Scientist
Health Systems Research Unit, Cape Town
The Unit requires the services of a senior scientist to work on a clinic-based study evaluating the effectiveness of an STI/HIV prevention intervention in Cape Town. The position is based in the Cape Town offices of the MRC, and the incumbent will be responsible for ensuring the effective running of the study site so that project objectives are achieved. The position requires excellent organisational and interpersonal skills, the ability to multi-task and attention to detail.
Closing date: 7 April 2015 | Doctoral Research Fellowship
Non-Communicable Disease Research Unit, Parow, Cape Town
The successful fellow will work closely with Associate Professor Julia Goedecke on a study entitled: “Non-communicable disease risk in black South Africans: dissecting the role of glucocorticoids”, which forms part of the Newton Advanced Fellowship, funded by the Academy of Medical Sciences.
Closing date: 14 April 2015 | Specialist Scientist, Senior Scientist, Scientist, Project Coordinator
MRC-UNISA Violence, Injury and Peace Research Unit (VIPRU)
The VIPRU, co-directed by the Medical Research Council and University of South Africa, is focused on improving the health status, safety and quality of life of the population through social science and public health oriented research aimed at preventing injury, death, disability and suffering arising from violence and unintentional incidents of injury. VIPRU research concentrates on the extent, causes and consequences of injuries, and particularly on the best practices for primary prevention and injury control.
Closing date: 17 April 2015 | Office Manager
Office of the Vice President, Pretoria
The Office of Vice President plays an integral support function in enabling the organisation to fulfill and achieve its vision in ‘building a healthy nation through research’. To this end we require a dynamic, assertive, well-spoken, experienced and competent person to function as an Office Manager to the Vice President. Envisaged for appointment, is a dedicated, motivated person who can take initiative and function responsibly and effectively under pressure.

In return the MRC offers a total cost of employment remuneration package that includes the organisation's contribution towards fringe benefits.
The MRC fully subscribes to the principles of Employment Equity and the embracing of diversity. Disabled persons are welcome to apply.

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