Job Details

  • Reference number: EBW12/178/0623
  • Province: Western Cape
  • Type of engagement: Permanent appointment
  • Posted: June 30th

Background to Position

Stellenbosch University

Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences

Centre for Statistical Consultation 

Director: Support Services (Job Level 5)

Ref. EBW12/178/0623 

The aim of the Centre for Statistical Consultation (CSC) is to enhance the quality of research at Stellenbosch University. This is effected through rendering a statistical consultation service to researchers, staff and postgraduate students. 

This service entails providing assistance in the planning of experiments and surveys, advice regarding the compilation of questionnaires and related electronic data capturing, as well as the execution of relevant data analysis and subsequent interpretation of results. In addition, the consultation service entails conducting research on statistical subject problems that may arise from, inter alia, the consultation work, presenting statistical training courses as well as consultation to institutions outside the University. 

The CSC is also currently establishing a working relationship with the newly established School for Data Science and Computational Thinking at Stellenbosch University, and it is anticipated that the CSC could in future be involved in data science related projects. 

Financially, the Centre is supported by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research, Innovation and Postgraduate Studies, but the staff are situated in the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science within the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences in order to facilitate efficient communication with fellow statisticians. Approximately half of the Centre's budget is centrally financed, while the remainder is financed through user-fees to various faculties, individual researchers, external clients and the presentation of short courses.

The Centre's full-time staff currently comprise the Director and the Chief Statistician.

Job Description


  • Managing the day-to-day activities of the Centre;
  • Ensuring financial sustainability of the Centre;
  • Rendering consultation to researchers;
  • Undertaking statistical research;
  • Participating in activities to augment the Centre's income e.g. presentation of short courses.

Inherent Criteria


  • MSc in Statistics;
  • At least ten years' consultation experience;
  • In-depth knowledge of a variety of techniques used in Statistics, as well as the underlying theory thereof;
  • The ability to consult across a wide variety of academic disciplines;
  • The ability to cooperate and communicate easily with postgraduate students/junior researchers, as well as senior researchers;
  • Sound knowledge of statistical software mainly used by researchers at Stellenbosch University, including SAS, Statistica, SPSS, R;
  • The ability to work independently.


  • Consultation and research experience in Biometry, time series analysis;
  • Knowledge of data science;
  • Experience in programming with Python;
  • Good programming ability;
  • Doctorate in Statistics.

Application Requirement

Enquiries regarding this post: Prof. Ingrid Woolard on 021 808 2248, or at 

Enquiries regarding remuneration/benefits, as well as technical assistance with the electronic application process: Human Resources Client Services Centre on 021 808 2753, or at

Commencement Date: 1 January 2024

Closing Date:        28 July 2023

Stellenbosch University is committed to employment equity (EE), and appointments will be made in line with the EE plan for the specific environment as well as the institutional EE Plan of the University. 

Stellenbosch University reserves the right not to make an appointment. 

Your application, comprising a comprehensive curriculum vitae (including the names and email addresses of at least three referees), must reach the University before or on the closing date of the advertised post.


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


The Occupational Health and Safety Act requires people in occupations that entail potential exposure to certain hazards (such as, but not limited to: noise, hazardous chemical substances and hazardous biological agents) to be subjected to medical screening, to determine their fitness to work in the said occupations.


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

About Stellenbosch University

Stellenbosch University (SU) is home to an academic community of 29 000 students (including 4 000 foreign students from 100 countries) as well as 3 000 permanent staff members (including 1 000 academics) on five campuses. ​The historical oak-lined university town amongst the Boland Mountains in the winelands of the Western Cape creates a unique campus atmosphere, which attracts local and foreign students alike. On the main campus, paved walkways wind between campus buildings – some dating from previous centuries; others just a few years old. Architecture from various eras attests to the sound academic foundation and establishment of an institution of excellence. This, together with the scenic beauty of the area; state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly facilities and technology, as well as visionary thinking about the creation of a sustainable 21st-century institution, makes for the unique character of Stellenbosch University.