PhD Research Trainee

Closing Date2024/01/12Reference NumberHSR231220-2Job TypeFixed Term contract- long termJob TitlePhD Research TraineeBusiness AreaCentre for Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators – CeSTIIDepartmentCeSTIINumber of Positions1Workplace TypeHybridLocation – Town / CityCape TownLocation – ProvinceWestern CapeLocation – CountrySouth AfricaMinimum Education LevelNQF 9 – Masters Degree or equivalentApplication Closing Date12-Jan-2024

Job CategoryOther
Job Advert SummaryThe Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators (CeSTII) is a specialist research centre within the Human Sciences Research Council that is dedicated to producing policy relevant research and statistical analysis in the domain of science, technology and innovation. CeSTII has a vision to be a thought and practice leader, as well as, an acknowledged site of excellence in its field and aims to consolidate its position as a value-adding component of South Africa’s national innovation system.
CeSTII seeks to appoint one PhD Research Intern who has studied and has an interest in the field of science, technology and innovation measurement.  The appointment is for a period of three years. The successful incumbent will be based in Cape Town.
The Internship Programme in 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 internship experience is intensive and requires mature individuals who are able to work independently as well as in a team.  The successful individuals will be required to balance day to day duties and responsibilities in CeSTII and the HSRC with PhD related work and complete their thesis within 3 years. Time is set aside for this purpose.
PhD Research Trainee (1 Position)
Three (3) year contract
Ref:  PhD Intern CeSTII 12/2023
Minimum RequirementsKey requirements:

Applicants must be in possession of a master’s degree in a field closely related to the study of science, technology and innovation measurement, and should be registered for, or about to register for, a PhD with a registered South African University.
Experience in and understanding of the concepts of the National System of Innovation will be an added advantage.
Sound knowledge of data management and data analysis or statistical skills will be very advantageous.
A sound academic record.
Two–three years’ experience in the preparation of research reports and manuscripts for publication, whilst having peer-reviewed articles in recognized journals will be advantageous.
Experience in communicating survey findings at conferences.
Curiosity, enthusiasm, and interest in a research career that includes working with statistics and data analysis.
Ability to work independently and in a team environment, good communication and leadership skills are required.
Proficiency in or working experience with some or all of the following programmes: MS Access, Excel, Word, SPSS, STATA, NVivo/Atlas.
Duties & ResponsibilitiesKey responsibilities will include:

Working as required on all aspects of the National Survey of Research and Experimental Development (R&D), other projects, and analysis of resultant survey and other data.
Writing reports, fact sheets, and policy briefs from survey work and other projects.
Making demonstrable progress towards the achievement of a Doctoral degree.
Producing peer-reviewed research articles that appear in accredited
Writing up research results for workshops/conferences/presentations.
Developing own personal academic competencies through formal and informal training activities.
Assisting in organising and facilitating stakeholder workshops and other stakeholder engagements.
Assisting in drafting proposals for funding applications.
Compilation of all specific duties and deliverables assigned in an individual performance-based contract.

The HSRC offers attractive, market-related packages depending on qualifications and experience.
Applications: In your application, please include 1) a letter of motivation indicating the position you are applying for, 2) your CV, 3) a copy of current earnings on a cost-to-company basis if applicable 4) a one-page outline of your PhD thesis or proposed PhD thesis, 5) a copy of your academic transcripts as well as 6) the names of three contactable referees (with telephone, and e-mail contact details).
The HSRC will only consider applications that include the above requirements. Applicants may be required to undertake a written exercise in the competencies required for the position.
Due to the volumes received, the HSRC no longer accepts emailed or hard-copy applications.
Please register and submit your application online at
Application Instructions:

Candidates can make use of their mobile devices or any browser to register on the Neptune recruitment site, as well as to make application for available vacancies;
Candidates will be prompted to upload their documents;
Attachments must be less than 1MB, there is an on-screen option to resize;
The Neptune system will only allow you to upload 1 attachment. Please ensure that all documents are merged into 1 file before uploading.

Enquiries and not applications may be directed to Dr Nazeem Mustapha via email at 
The HSRC is committed to accelerating the improvement in the proportion of its South African senior managers, research leaders and support staff who are black, female or disabled.
Closing date: 12 January 2024. 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 applicants who are interviewed will be advised of the outcome of their applications.

All the best with your applications

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