Job Details

  • Reference number: TGB02/227/0823
  • Province: Western Cape
  • Type of engagement: Fixed term contract
  • Posted: August 17th

Background to Position

Stellenbosch University

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

Department of Biomedical Sciences

Division of Molecular Biology and Human Genetics


Research Nurse (Job Level 9.1)

(Two-year fixed-term contract with the possibility of extension)

Ref. TGB02/227/0823


Job Description


  • Being situated at a study site to recruit and consent study participants,  including in a busy and occasionally crowded space;
  • Meeting recruitment targets and managing multiple studies through simultaneous enrolment;
  • Assisting with tracing patients;
  • Working closely and maintaining good relations with other research nurses, city clinic staff, field staff, the study clinician and laboratory staff to ensure uninterrupted flow of study samples from field sites to the laboratory; 
  • Coordinating project tasks with community healthcare workers involved in the project and providing co-supervision;
  • Capturing patient information into computers and tablets with accuracy and high attention to detail using the REDCap software;
  • Interacting with community members through possible house visits; 
  • Liaising with health facility staff and subcontractors to ensure the upkeep of the study site infrastructure and on-site equipment;
  • Attending regular training sessions and passing competency tests, and attending regular project meetings;
  • Performing HIV counselling and testing;
  • Performing clinical nursing procedures related to our studies;
  • Performing phlebotomies on patients and staff for occupational health and research purposes;
  • Performing various administrative tasks related to the studies, including ordering consumables, drafting standard operating procedures and writing reports;
  • Maintaining excellent relationships with laboratory staff and driver staff.


Inherent Criteria

Job Requirements:

  • Registered with the South African Nursing Council as professional nurse;
  • Experience working under GCP conditions;
  • Willingness to work at different clinics, including those in the northern district of Cape Town;
  • At least two years' applicable experience;
  • The ability to solve problems independently and effectively;
  • A goal-oriented disposition;
  • Computer literacy (MS Word and Excel);
  • Sound interpersonal skills;
  • A valid driver's license;
  • Good written and verbal communication skills;
  • Fluency in English and isiXhosa or Afrikaans;
  • Maintaining patient confidentiality;
  • Experience of working in a research environment;
  • Previous clinical research experience (ideally in TB, however, this is not mandatory). 

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 October 2023

Closing Date: 5 September 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.


Application Requirement

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.