​​Division of Molecular Biology and Huma​​n Gene​​tics​​ ​  

VACANCIES​

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Specialist Scientist: Permenant post available in SAMRC Centre for Tuberculosis Research

Host/Location:Division of Molecular Biology and Human Genetics, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University Tygerberg Campus, Cape Town, South Africa

Commencement of duty: There is an urgent need to appoint a qualified candidate to commence duty as soon as possible. 

Renumeration: A salary in the region of R1 035 623 per annum, cost-to-company will be negotiated in consideration of experience and qualifications.​

The Centre for Tuberculosis Research (CTR) is an intramural SAMRC Centre partnered with Stellenbosch University and is focused on Tuberculosis research, with an emphasis on the South African situation. The CTR aims to improve the health status and quality of life of the population through the generation of new knowledge and apply that to health oriented research aimed at reducing incidence and prevalence by diagnosing and treating appropriately and by measures aimed at prevention. 

A position for a Specialist level scientist is currently available for appointment at the CTR based at Stellenbosch University’s Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. 

We are looking for a dynamic, established researcher to enhance the CTR’s research in tuberculosis (TB). The candidate will take part in and lead independent research that will result in the production of multiple, internationally recognised scientific outputs, the supervision of post graduate students and the generation of income (through grants, contracts). The candidate will assist in the scientific leadership of the CTR.

​The position will be on SAMRC conditions of service. The SAMRC offers a competitive total remuneration package, inclusive of attractive fringe benefits and a stimulating work environment. The SAMRC fully subscribes to the principles of employment equity and appointments are required as soon as possible. 

Core Requirements: 

  • PhD degree in Microbiology or Biochemistry or Molecular Biology or Mycobacteriology or of Genetics or Bioinformatics or Immunology in the field of infectious diseases is required. 
  • A track record in undertaking and initiating original research and in publishing in accredited journals. 
  • Experience in the mentorship of post-graduate students (Level: BSc Hons, MSc and PhD). 
  • Record of successful international and national grant application record. 

Desired Attributes: 

  • Experience in team and co-operative research, and building national and international collaborations. 
  • Experience in the field of Tuberculosis. 
  • Experience in working under BSL-3 conditions. 
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. 
  • NRF rating, alternatively qualify for NRF rating. 

Key responsibility Areas Duties: 

  • Develop, lead and manage new research directions with particular emphasis on translational and innovation in the field of Tuberculosis. 
  • Publish in internationally peer reviewed scientific journals. 
  • Present research findings at national and international conferences. 
  • Comply with all regulatory ethical requirements of the SAMRC, Stellenbosch University and the National Department of Health.
  • Mentor postgraduate students at the level of BSc Hons, MSc, PhD and Post-Doctoral Fellows. 
  • Develop National and International collaborations. 
  • Apply for research and travel funding both nationally and internationally. 
  • Manage grant funds. 
  • Participate in a Strategic Task Team within the CTR. 
  • Assist the unit director with the management of the CTR.​

To apply, please complete the​ online application: https://bit.ly/ctr-apply​

Closing date: 14 February 2021 


PLEASE QUOTE THE REFERENCE NUMBER (R345A) IN ALL COMMUNICATIONS. PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT YOUR SUBMISSION WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED SHOULD THE REQUIRED INFORMATION AND DOCUMENTATION NOT ACCOMPANY YOUR APPLCIATION. 

The SAMRC retains the right not to make an appointment 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.​


POSTDOCTORAL OPPORTUNITIES​

Postdoctoral position available in the TB Genomics Group

Host/Location:  TB Genomics Group, Division of Molecular Biology and Human Genetics, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University Tygerberg Campus, South Africa

Duration: The fellowship is available for a period of two years, with the possibility of renewal, dependent on satisfactory progress. The fellowship is tax-free.​

​Project description:​ We are seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow in the TB Genomics Group in the Division of Molecular Biology and Human Genetics, Stellenbosch University. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work with a dynamic, multidisciplinary group of researchers that are part of the SAMRC Centre for TB Research and the NRF Centre of Excellence for Biomedical TB Research. 

This Postdoctoral Fellow Award is funded by the NIH research project entitled “Investigating bacterial contributions to TB treatment response: a focus on in-host pathogen dynamics”. This is a collaborative study with Prof Maha Farhat (Harvard University) Prof Karen Jacobson (Boston Medical Centre) and Prof Bronwyn Myers (SAMRC). The post-doctoral fellow will work on in-host Mycobacterium tuberculosis genomic diversity to determine how this relates to treatment response. 

They will be in charge of development of laboratory protocols for M. tuberculosis cellular and DNA enrichment from direct patient samples and will have the opportunity to develop skills in microfluidics and bioinformatics analysis of whole genome sequences. The position is based at Stellenbosch University in Cape Town, South Africa with a goal start of April 2021, with a planned extended visit to Boston for training in 2022-2023.

 Core Requirements: 

  • PhD degree in Microbiology or Biochemistry or Molecular Biology or Mycobacteriology or Bioinformatics obtained within the past 5 years. 
  • A track record in undertaking and initiating original research and in publishing in accredited journals. 
  • Strong written and oral communication skills. 

Desired Attributes: 

  • Experience in the field of Tuberculosis. 
  • Experience in working under BSL-3 conditions. 
  • Basic coding skills or familiarity with coding. 
  • Prior experience with microfluidics. 


How to apply: Please send a covering letter with CV, indicating your research outputs and the names and up-to-date contact details of three referees to: Prof RM Warren (rw1@sun.ac.za

Deadline: 28 February 2021.​


​DOCTORAL OPPORTUNITIES

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​MASTERS OPPORTUNITIES

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