Job Details

  • Reference number: SDR/256/0923
  • Province: Western Cape
  • Type of engagement: Permanent appointment
  • Posted: September 20th

Background to Position

Stellenbosch University

School for Data Science and Computational Thinking

Centre for Epidemic Response and Innovation (CERI)


Grants Manager (Job Level 7)

(Three-year fixed-term contract)

Ref. SDR/256/0923


The School for Data Science and Computational Thinking at Stellenbosch University aims to be a world-class institution in and for Africa. The School was established to facilitate trans-faculty approaches to teaching and research in data science and computational thinking. It is home to world-class academics as well as junior researchers, PhD students and postdoctoral fellows.

Job Description


Grants management and oversight:

  • Assisting researchers with administrative aspects of new applications for funding;
  • Providing support to researchers to process grant contracts, renewals and modifications;
  • Preparing budgets for grant applications;
  • Ensuring compliance with funders¿ rules and regulations;
  • Acting as the link between the research team and the University's administrative departments.
  • Facilitation of contracts and permits:
  • Research and suppliers/consultant contracts;
  • Material transfer agreements;
  • Import permits.

Grant management training and mentoring:

  • Providing junior researchers with training on grant management;
  • Assisting and providing guidance to early-career researchers in applying for grants

General Administrative support/oversight:

  • Overseeing renewal of staff and student contracts;
  • Approving purchase requisitions;
  • Providing administrative support for business activities like bidding and tender document preparation. 

Inherent Criteria


  • Bacherlor's degree in business administration, finance or a related field;
  • Five years' experience in grants, contract and project management, including managing grants from international and national research funding agencies;
  • Strong knowledge of contract and grant regulations, policies and best practices;
  • Familiarity with legal and financial principles related to contracts and grants;
  • Good verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills;
  • The ability to work within a team;
  • Good time management skills;
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

Application Requirement

Enquiries regarding this post: Suzette Grobler on 021 808 3475, 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 November 2023  

Closing Date:        29 September 2023

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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.