Job opportunities

Job opportunities

Thank you for your interest in joining the SAMRC team.

Dedicated to improving the nation’s health and quality of life, the SAMRC relies on the knowledge, skills and professionalism of our staff.

Successful candidates have the opportunity to work with some of the world’s most innovative researchers and partner institutions to ultimately build a healthy nation for all.

Positions currently available for applications:

Senior Scientist - 31 July 2019 23:59
Environment and Health Research Unit , Pretoria or Johannesburg
The South African Medical Research Council’s Environment and Health Research Unit (EHRU) conducts research on a range of environmental factors affecting the health of the South African population. Studies related to climate and health, air pollution health impacts, the health of mining communities and urban poverty are conducted across the country. The research focus area is the broad field of environment, climate and health. A current, multi-year project is focusing specifically on the human health impacts of interventions aimed at reducing household-level air pollution. We are seeking a highly knowledgeable person with well-established expertise and experience in the conduct of epidemiological studies related to air pollution impacts on public health. The candidate will be employed to work half-day for a year and will form part of a team working on the existing project, in which he/she will assume a specialist expert and project management support role. Key responsibilities include assistance with project management activities, quality control and assurance, guidance and input into analysis and interpretation of results, input into reports, presentations and other related outputs (e.g. related publications).
Lab Manager - 2 August 2019 23:59
SAMRC Genomics Centre, Cape Town
The SAMRC Genomics Centre requires a suitably qualified/experienced NGS Laboratory Manager with relevant skills to manage the SAMRC Genomics Centre laboratory, a high- throughput next-generation sequencing (NGS) facility in Cape Town. The incumbent is to ensure achievement of a cost effective and high quality service in line with global standards in NGS services.
Research Technologist - 2 August 2019 23:59
SAMRC Genomics Centre, Cape Town
The SAMRC Genomics Centre requires a suitably qualified/experienced Laboratory Research Technologist with skills in molecular biology and/or genomics to carry out next-generation sequencing (NGS) library preparation, starting by extracting DNA or RNA from biomedical specimens, quality control, and process them for various NGS applications.
Unit Director - 11 August 2019 23:59
Burden of Disease Research Unit , Cape Town
The SAMRC seeks to appoint a UNIT DIRECTOR, based in Cape Town, who will lead, manage and expand the research portfolio of the Burden of Disease Research Unit within the SAMRC. The SAMRC’s Burden of Disease Research Unit collects and analyses data on South Africa’s health status to estimate and monitor the burden of disease (the impact of health problems) and factors associated with the health of the population. The Unit was formed to provide information on the trends in the country’s health status as well as causes of disease for future planning to improve the health of the nation. It has developed exceptional expertise in summary health measures, health surveys, and mortality data and health informatics analysis. The successful candidate for this position, will be responsible for the strategic leadership, management of the Unit, capacity development and mentorship, stakeholder management and scientific research, to ensure that the Unit meet its strategic goals and maintain progress in adhering to the key focus areas of the Unit.