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Call for Applications: SARChI Postdoctoral Fellowships 2021 (3 posts)

The School of Public Health, University of the Western Cape (SOPH), has three positions open for Postdoctoral Fellowships beginning as soon as possible in 2021. The Postdoctoral Fellows will be required to register at the University of the Western Cape, and will contribute to the research areas of the NRF/DSI SARChI Chairs which have complementary research programmes, and which seek to consolidate a world-class hub in the global south in the field of health policy and systems research.

The purpose of the SARCHI Postdoctoral Fellowship is to contribute to:

  • career development in health systems research, with a specific emphasis on developing a pipeline of South African scholars;
  • building this field with partners in South Africa, and internationally;
  • enhancement of the capacity of the UWC School of Public Health.

Postdoctoral Fellow with SARCHI Chair in Health Systems, Complexity and Social Change (Prof Asha George) – 1 post

The Chair is seeking an applicant to contribute to building a gender and health systems portfolio at SOPH.

In addition to the requirements noted below, applicants are also required to have previous research experience in health systems approaches to sexual and reproductive, maternal and child health; and/or experience conducting gender analysis, equity or human rights analysis linked to the lived experience of key populations in South Africa.

Postdoctoral Fellow with SARCHI Chair in Health Systems Governance (Prof Helen Schneider) – 2 posts

The Chair is seeking applicants who have an interest in participating in two major research agendas over the next few years:

1) Bottom-up health systems strengthening, with a focus on governance and leadership 2) Whole of society approaches, collaborative governance and placed-based intersectoral collaboration for health. We welcome applicants from a variety of backgrounds (health or non-health) who are interested in advancing either of these themes from a methodological or conceptual or empirical perspective.

Eligible applicants are required to have:

  • completed a PhD in the last five years and may not have held prior permanent academic posts. For applicants who did not obtain their qualification in South Africa, a valid SAQA certificate should be in hand at the time of application.
  • citizenship of a sub-Saharan African country or be an expatriate African. Preference will be given to South African citizens or permanent residents.
  • experience and expertise in qualitative and quantitative research skills, literature reviews, research prioritization
    have a strong academic record with evidence of research experience and peer-reviewed publications.

Advantageous skills

  • Candidates with project management experience and ability to liaise with a range of stakeholders are preferred.
  • Candidates with experience organising online and face to face workshops and engagements are preferred.

The fellowship is initially tenable for one year starting in 2021, and is valued at a maximum of R333,000 per annum (tax-free). Renewal for a second year will be considered depending on satisfactory academic progress and continued funding.

Application Procedure:

Eligible candidates should provide the following:

  •  A cover letter motivating for the candidate’s suitability to the positions available
  • A one page summary outlining their research interest/project
  • A CV including all conference attendance, publications and other scholarly research output
  • Evidence of publication record and writing skills (which can be copies of or a link to a relevant peer-reviewed publication)
  • An academic transcript
  • Names and contact details of at least 3 referees who have supervised or worked with the candidate and can speak to their experience and skills

Enquiries and completed application should be forwarded to Carnita Ernest, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please Use subject heading: Application for SARChI Postdoctoral Fellowship

Completed applications need to submitted by no later than 5pm on Wednesday 3 March 2020.

The University the Western Cape reserves the right to change the conditions of award, or to make no award at all. The award will be dependent on final approval of the applicant by the National Research Foundation.

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