Opportunity: The School of Public Health University of the Western Cape Postdoctoral Fellowship 2021

Type: Postdoctoral Fellowship

Value: Between R330000.00 and R370000.00

Location: South Africa

Who Can Apply: South Africans and International students



About The Fellowship

The School of Public Health, University of the Western Cape seeks to recruit a full-time Postdoctoral Fellow beginning from September 2021. The Postdoctoral Fellow will be required to register at the University of the Western Cape, and will work on a 3-year project that aims to strengthen community engagement in public health research in South Africa.

The fellowship covers the following content and methodological areas:

  • evidence synthesis (including qualitative systematic review, narrative review, scoping review, rapid review);
  • qualitative primary research (including interviews, focus group discussions, participant observation and participatory action research);
  • implementation science or knowledge translation (including community engagement); and
  • study participation or community engagement in public health research.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will contribute to both research and teaching activities linked to these areas.




  • Completed a PhD in the last five years and may not have held a prior permanent academic post. For applicants who did not obtain their qualification in South Africa, a valid SAQA certificate should be in hand at the time of application.
  • Experience and expertise in qualitative primary research and evidence synthesis.
  • A strong academic record with evidence of research experience and peer-reviewed publications.
  • All candidates will be considered, but preference will be given to a suitably qualified South African citizen or permanent resident.

Advantageous skills:

  • grant-writing and project management experience, including ability to liaise with a range of stakeholders;
  • experience organising online and face-to-face workshops and engagements; and
  • teaching and postgraduate supervision experience.

The fellowship is initially available for one year, starting from September 2021 (or close to that), ranging between R330000.00 and R370000.00 (tax-free) per annum. Renewal for further years (up to a maximum of 3 years) will be considered depending on satisfactory performance and continued funding.



How To Apply

  • Eligible candidates should provide the following:
  • A cover letter by the candidate motivating suitability to the position available.
  • A one-page summary outlining their research interest and how this opportunity may advance that.
  • A full 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, [email protected]. Please use subject heading: Application for Postdoctoral Fellowship




30th July 2021



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