PhD Research Intern (x5)

  • Internship
  • Learnerships & Traineeships
  • South Africa
  • Salary: RMarket Related

Company Details

The HSRC conducts large-scale, policy-relevant, social-scientific research for public sector users, non-governmental organisations and international development agencies. Research activities and structures are closely aligned with South Africa’s national development priorities.
The HSRC’s integrated research programmes provide single points of entry – complete with a critical mass of researchers – for interdisciplinary and problem-orientated research in the following areas:
• Africa Institute of South Africa
• Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators
• Democracy, Governance and Service Delivery
• Economic Performance and Development
• Education and Skills Development
• Human and Social Development
• Social Policy, Knowledge Mobilisation, and Impact Assessment
• Social Aspects of Public Health.

The HSRC therefore seeks to appoint 5 x PhD Research Interns, who are able to assume duty before 31 March 2020. These positions can be based in any one of the HSRC’s offices, namely Cape Town, Durban, or Pretoria.

The PhD Research Internships within the HSRC is meant to provide the successful candidates with an opportunity to further develop their research expertise by working with subject experts and project specialists. The research internship experience is intensive and seeks mature individuals who are able to work independently as well as in a team. While appointees will be exposed to a wide variety of project-related research, they will be expected to complete their thesis within a 3 year period respectively. Time is set aside for this purpose.

Job Functions Intern

Industries Research

Key Responsibilities

Among other duties, they will participate in the following activities under supervision:

•The conceptualisation of projects;
•The formulation of research questions and writing of funding proposals;
•The submission of research proposals for ethical review;
•Implementation of research projects and policy dialogues;
•Collection and analysis of data;
•Write-up of research findings including research reports, conference presentations, policy briefs, and manuscripts for journal publication;
•Assist with project management and administration.

Key Requirements

•Have graduated with a Master’s degree and be eligible to register or have recently registered for a PhD in the Social Sciences/Humanities or a relevant field at an accredited tertiary institution in South Africa;
•Computer literacy including MS Office and appropriate software packages, including MS Excel, MS Access, SPSS or Stata or SAS;
•Good planning and organisational skills, including the ability to working well under pressure;
•Good communication skills (verbal as well as report writing);
•A sound conceptual grounding in a discipline and in quantitative or qualitative research methods;
•Be able to operate within very tight deadlines;
•Be prepared to work as part of multi-year, multi-institutional partnership projects between the HSRC, government departments, universities and other partners.

The HSRC offers attractive, market-related packages, depending on qualifications and experience

Applications: In your application, please include a letter of motivation, your CV, and the names of three contactable referees (with telephone, fax and e-mail contact details), an example of recent academic work (not exceeding 8000 words); and a one-page outline of your Master’s or PhD thesis topic (or the abstract of completed work) respectively. The HSRC will only consider applications that comply with the above requirements. Applicants may be required to undertake a written exercise covering competencies required for the position.

The HSRC is committed to accelerating the improvement in the proportion of its senior managers and research leaders who are black, female or disabled.

Closing Date: 21 February 2020. We encourage applicants to submit prior to that date. Applicants who have not been contacted within eight weeks should assume that their application has been unsuccessful. Only candidates who are interviewed will be advised of the outcome of the interview.

The HSRC reserves the right to not make an appointment


Job Closing Date 21/02/2020

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