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Closing date: 30 September 2023

The Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI) is currently recruiting a full time Masters fellow within Dr Nothando Ngwenya’s research group – which focuses on human behaviour in adverse and complex social-ecological systems and the impact on mental health.

This work is strongly anchored in understanding how adversity and ill health shapes behaviours, and the implications of these interactions for resilience and wellbeing when living with HIV. This programme of work has a goal of contributing to the reduction of burden of suffering of mental health for adolescents through task-sharing scale-up interventions. This work is based at the Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI) an independent, transdisciplinary scientific research institute based across two campuses in the province of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) in South Africa. 


The fellow will assume mentored responsibility for:  

  1. Collecting data from the field using a variety of methodologies and data collection techniques such as structured interviews, observations, and survey research;
  2. Working with and cleaning large data including quality checking;
  3. Performing rudimentary coding of data using descriptive labels/codes, developing coding frame;
  4. Organizing and documenting analytical results and report writing,
  5. Fulfilling all Masters by research requirements as per UKZN SNPH

Job Requirements

Requirements – minimum qualification

  1. An honours degree in a relevant field which may include but is not limited to clinical psychology, medical anthropology, social work, public health or statistics/bioinformatics. Other desirable qualifications include:  
  • Record of scholarly publication.
  • Expertise in research design and data collection.
  • Demonstrated track record engaging in fieldwork with a focus on qualitative data collection and analysis.
  • Current knowledge of mental health problems and services in South Africa

To apply:

Email the following items in one PDF with your surname as the first word of the PDF file (eg. SURNAME_Cover Letter):

  1. Cover letter stating long-term career aims, interest in the project, and suitability for the position, specifically referring to the criteria listed above;
  2. Curriculum vitae;
  3. Contact information for three to five potential references.

Applications should be emailed to: [email protected].

For additional information regarding the project or the post, please e-mail Dr Ngwenya via – [email protected]  


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This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced clinical data manager to join our rapid growing CTU, and to play a vital role in its research studies and in shaping its data management services.
As a senior data manager, the post holder will have a combined project leadership and hands-on technical data management role.  The post holder will be responsible for leading the data management and database activities for assigned clinical trials at AHRI, working at all stages from protocol development to database lock.
The post-holder will also contribute to developing AHRI’s clinical trials data management service to reflect changes to regulatory requirements and to improve data quality and integrity, including writing SOPs and related guidelines. 

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This post suits an individual with knowledge of building studies on electronic data capture (EDC) systems, and experience in relational databases, SQL and programming. The post-holder requires excellent technical knowledge, good organisational and time management skills, with problem-solving ability. Excellent communication skills are essential as the post holder will have to communicate with technical and non-technical colleagues.


1. BSc in Data Science, Information Management, any database specialist degree or a closely related subject OR professional qualification in information technology, computer science, or database development, with 10 years’ data management experience

2. At least 5 years’ data management experience in clinical trials, preferably within a CRO or pharmaceutical industry

3. Substantial recent experience across the clinical trial data management life cycle, including database testing, EDC design, and liaison with study teams

4. Substantial experience of developing database specifications and building and testing databases, ideally using an Electronic Data Capture system such as REDCap, OpenClinica or similar

5. Experience of developing data management plans and other clinical research documentation and procedures such as SOPs

6. Experience of database development languages and software such as SQL, Oracle, MS SQL Server, PostgreSQL, MySQL

7. Experience of query management and data validation

8. Good knowledge of GCP requirements and all aspects of information governance and related legislation for clinical research

9. Experience of supervising the work of junior colleagues

Closing date for applications: 17 October 2023


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