Position: Researcher – Epidemiology

The Health Economics and Epidemiology Research Office (HE2RO) of the University of the Witwatersrand, based in Parktown, Johannesburg, is recruiting for a Researcher – Epidemiology to join its research team. We seek a dynamic, enthusiastic and self-motivated quantitative researcher to be part of our epidemiology research portfolio. Successful applicants will be part of a team of researchers working on cutting edge public health research questions that contribute to the evidence-base for improving access to, and delivery of health services for HIV, TB and other health challenges.

This position is based at the head office in Parktown, Johannesburg, but will require regular travel within South Africa and Sub Saharan Africa. Overtime/weekend hours, overnight work trips and working in rural areas and/or under-resourced circumstances will be required from time to time. This is a permanent position.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Contribute to research development, design, and implementation
  • Data collection and management, including: 1) developing standard operating procedures for data collection; 2) working with data capturers to collect high quality data; 3) organising and conducting data monitoring; and 4) creating analytical datasets.
  • Complex dataset creation and data manipulation working with large datasets using SAS, STATA or other database software
  • Analysing research data using standard epidemiologic research methods (e.g. logistic regression, Cox proportional hazards regression, etc.)
  • Working with senior researchers and principal investigators on the development of original research manuscripts and abstracts for publication and presentation.
  • Working in an interdisciplinary team environment with other health professionals.


  • Masters degree in epidemiology, statistics, public health or related quantitative field.
  • Minimum 2-3 years research experience or comparable professional experience.
  • Expertise with data analysis software (e.g. SAS, STATA).
  • Expertise with database management.
  • Self-motivated, able to work independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Experience in using various research methodological designs.
  • Good administrative skills with working knowledge of Microsoft Office.

Closing Date29 February 2016
Parktown, Johannesburg
Position TypePermanent
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