Specialist Biostatistician/Senior Specialist Biostatistician/Chief Specialist Biostatistician

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.

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Specialist Biostatistician/Senior Specialist Biostatistician/Chief Specialist Biostatistician
Permanent Position
Biostatistics Unit
Durban/Pretoria/Cape Town Office 30 June 2018

The Biostatistics Unit of the SAMRC is an active research entity that collaborates with health and medical researchers from the SAMRC, universities, other research institutions and international agencies. Statisticians in the Biostatistics Unit provide statistical support on design, analysis and reporting, to collaborative national and international projects in the SAMRC research portfolio. These range from surveys, epidemiological studies to randomised controlled and clinical trials.  Statistical methodological development as well as the training and supervision of researchers and junior staff, is also done. The Biostatistics Unit offers a challenging biostatistics career in health and clinical research within a dynamic environment. The Unit has a number of methodological research programmes such as longitudinal data analysis, and spatial data analysis.  The successful candidate will have an individual research portfolio and contribute to these programmes. All areas of expertise in biostatistics will be considered, however the unit has currently needs for Statistical expertise in Clinical and in adaptive trial designed and in bioinformatics.

Core Requirements:  
  • Hold a PhD in statistics, biostatistics, or biometry; at least 7 years’ experience in clinical and health research environments
  • Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills
  • Evidence of post-graduate supervision (Masters and PhD students) in Biostatistical methodology and applied Biostatistical research.
  • The ability to undertake and lead research projects in Biostatistical methodology and applied Biostatistical research project; or being a co-investigator or study statistician in Health-related project.
  • Evidence of strong academic background and peer-reviewed ISI publication record in Biostatistics or book chapters, with at least 3 as first author in ISI journals
  • Ability to interact with relevant stakeholders on statistical issues at the Health and Epidemiological project levels for research translation.
  • Evidence of managerial experience.
  • At least a National recognition in the field of Biostatistics.
  • Thorough knowledge of statistical methodology in Health and Expertise in a specialized field of Biostatistics.
  • Ability to communicate statistical concepts and information to non-statisticians in Health and Clinical Sciences. 
  • Evidence of strong teamwork to successfully work in a healthy project team.
  • Evidence to mentor, motivate and teach statistical science and technical staff.
  • Ability to generate funding from project managed from statistical perspective or as a health project statistician.


  • Experience working in epidemiology and public health research groups and centers.

The level of appointment will be subject to the applicant meeting the criteria for the various levels.

A salary in the region of R722 390.00 to R1 119,148.00 per annum, cost-to-company, will be negotiated in consideration of experience and qualifications.

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. Disabled persons are encouraged to apply.

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