Job Details

  • Reference number: TGB04/103/0424
  • Province: Western Cape
  • Type of engagement: Fixed term contract
  • Posted: May 17th

Background to Position

Stellenbosch University

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

Department of Medicine

Division of Medical Ethics and Law

Senior Research Assistant (Job Level 9)

(Six-month full-time contract position)

(Tygerberg Campus)

Ref. TGB04/103/0424

The Division of Medical Ethics and law (DMEL) at Stellenbosch University (SU) is seeking a motivated, enthusiastic individual with appropriate training, experience and skills to coordinate and strengthen the activities of research projects in the DMEL. Persons that meet the requirements below are invited to apply for this post.

Job Description


  • Processing, organising and summarising data using a variety of scientific, word processing, referencing and statistical software applications;
  • Providing technical support related to formulating online questionnaires and the design and implementation of online teaching tools;
  • Conducting scoping reviews;
  • Scheduling and conducting interviews and/or focus group discussions, in person or virtually, as per requirements of research projects;
  • Assisting with the formulation of transcripts and coding related to qualitative research projects;
  • Managing the daily activities of research projects, including procurement;
  • Maintaining the research group website and social media pages;
  • Liaising with collaborators and funders, and providing assistance where necessary;
  • Writing draft articles and updating SOP’s;
  • Assisting researchers with literature searches;
  • Performing all duties within the context of the Mission, Vision and Values Statement of Stellenbosch University.

Inherent Criteria


  • A relevant Master's degree in bioethics (MBChB or equivalent);
  • Experience with human (qualitative / quantitative) research;
  • Experience with online research and data analysis – Atlas/NVivo;
  • Demonstrated expertise in advanced writing and editing skills;
  • Demonstrated experience and expertise with MS office and statistical software use;
  • The ability to multitask and work under pressure;
  • Excellent interpersonal abilities, including communication, strong client orientation and organisational skills;
  • A strong sense of responsibility and eagerness to learn;
  • Initiative, the ability to prioritise work, and to work independently;
  • Accuracy with completion of assignments and tasks;
  • Proper time management;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.


  • PhD or equivalent;
  • Experience in a higher education environment;
  • Language proficiency in Afrikaans and/or isiXhosa; 
  • Familiarity with SU’s plagiarism policy,

Commencement of duties:

1 July 2024

Closing date:

28 May 2024

Enquiries regarding this post: Prof K Moodley on 021 938 9600, 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

Application Requirement

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.