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Senior Lecturer Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Job Summary
The duties of the Senior Lecturer will fall within five broad umbrella themes: Teaching, research, mentorship, funding generation and coordination of higher degree programmes.

Department of Global Health

Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Senior Lecturer (Grade level 7)

(Five-year fixed term appointment with benefits)

Ref. TGB16/326/1018

The goals of the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics is to:

  • Increase knowledge and application of modern epidemiological and biostatistical techniques among undergraduate and postgraduate students, healthcare professionals and researchers;
  • Increase the quality and output of research in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences;
  • Conduct and support relevant systematic reviews and primary research related to evidence-informed health care;
  • Conduct methodological research in epidemiology, biostatistics, evidence-based health care and knowledge translation to address unique challenges that may arise;
  • Provide epidemiological and biostatistical collaboration;
  • Promote the use of best evidence in healthcare decision-making and the uptake of current best evidence in healthcare policy and practice.


The duties of the Senior Lecturer will fall within five broad umbrella themes: Teaching, research, mentorship, funding generation and coordination of higher degree programmes:

  • Managing and coordinating activities in the epidemiology postgraduate academic programmes;
  • Teaching, learning and assessment of postgraduate students taking epidemiology programmes, including advanced epidemiologic methods;
  • Providing research supervision and mentorship of masters and doctoral candidates, including other higher degree research programmes within the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences;
  • Active involvement in collaborative engagements, including actively looking for and securing funding or third-stream income for academic and research enhancement;
  • Active publications of research and scholarly work in high impact peer reviewed journals;
  • Leading independent research while working collaboratively with members of the Division, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences and beyond;
  • Supporting implementation of Divisional, Departmental and Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences Strategic Plans;
  • Adhering to Faculty values at all times.

Job Requirements:

  • Master's qualification in Epidemiology supported by published research, or a PhD in Epidemiology;
  • Track record of scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals;
  • Active engagement in research collaborations with evidence of securing external funding for research projects;
  • Experience in the teaching and learning of Epidemiology at postgraduate level;
  • Experience in mentorship and support of postgraduate students;
  • A comprehensive understanding of current epidemiological and research methodologies.


  • Previous experience in conducting epidemiological studies, including systematic reviews;
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills;
  • Familiarity with evidence-based research principles and methodologies;
  • The ability to collaborate effectively with people from cross disciplinary environments and to work effectively in a multicultural environment.

Enquiries regarding job content: Prof. Taryn Young on 021 938 9886, or at tyoung@sun.ac.za

Enquiries regarding remuneration/benefits as well as technical assistance with the electronic application process: Human Resources Division, on 021 808 2753

Closing date: 23 November 2018

Commencement date: 1 January 2019

The University will consider all applications in terms of its Employment Equity Plan, which acknowledges the need to diversify the demographic

composition of the staff corps, especially with regard to the appointment of suitable candidates from the designated groups.

The University reserves the right not to make an appointment.

Your application, comprising a comprehensive curriculum vitae (including the names and e-mail address of at least three referees), must

reach the University before or on the closing date of the advertised post.

Apply online at http://www.sun.ac.za/english/careers

The University reserves the right to investigate qualifications and conduct background checks on all candidates.

Should no feedback be received from the University within four weeks of the closing date, kindly accept that your application did not succeed.

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