Job Details

  • Reference number: 3917
  • Province: Free State
  • Type of engagement: Permanent appointment
  • Posted: July 22nd

Background to Position

This post was previously advertised as Job ID: 3863.  All applications received in response to the previous advertisement, will automatically be considered again. Previous applicants therefore do not need to reapply.

 The position is funded by the Department of Higher Education and Training under the New Generation of Academics Programme (nGAP) and the successful candidate will be subject to the terms and conditions of the programme whilst being a permanent staff member of the University of the Free State.  Applicants should be under the age of 40.  For more information on the programme, the nGAP Standard Operating Procedure is available on request.

Job Description

Establishing a Paediatric Research Centre of Excellence and inspiring a culture of research   excellence in the department.

  • Forming interdisciplinary research collaborations and creating a platform for multidisciplinary research in maternal, neonatal, child and adolescent health.
  • Ensuring qualitative and quantitative research outputs; through support in proposal-writing, developing data collection tools and research competencies.
  • Increasing the number of PhD qualified staff within the scope of paediatrics.
  • Acting as a clinical facilitator within the RMNCH-Umbrella project in the Faculty of Health Sciences.
  • Facilitating all clinical inputs, relevant research and projects within maternal, neonate, child and adolescent health, with the primary vision to decrease mortality and morbidity according to the Sustainable Development Goals 2030

Required Competencies

Results orientated:

  • Ability to set high standards, establish tough goals, and to work to achieve success.
  • Ability to stick with tasks, not give up, and overcome obstacles in completing one’s task. 

Strategic thinking:

  • Ability to plan work and to follow plans.
  • Ability to be creative and open-minded when addressing work issues.
  • Good time management skills.
  • Ability to set SMART objectives and execute successfully.
  • Solution-orientated in a changing environment.
  • Operating with integrity in a highly professional and ethical platform.
  • Leading with respect in a diverse environment.

 Business acumen:

  • Ability to adhere to rules and strictly follow work regulations.
  • Skilled in a Microsoft Windows environment. Must include Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Adobe.
  • Must be knowledgeable and comfortable working on different platforms that support online teaching and learning, i.e. Blackboard.
  • Knowledge of online referencing systems, e.g. Mendeley, and other online platforms to   assist in data collection and data capturing, e.g. Evasys, RedCap®.


  • Ability to lead, take charge of situations, and offer opinions and directions to others.
  • Ability to be cooperative with others, display good-natured attitude, and encourage people to work together. 

 Building coalitions:

  • Ability to interact with others and establish personal connections with people
  • The ability to make decisions through consultation, collaboration, and working with close supervision.

Inherent Criteria

  • A relevant Master's degree on NQF level 9 in any Health Sciences or Clinical Health related field.
  • Required to enroll for a PhD at the first available opportunity after the appointment if PhD not already obtained or not already registered for a PhD by the time of appointment.
  • Required to participate in the Staffing South Africa's Universities Development Programme (SSAU-DP) as part of the nGAP program.


  • Be in possession of a Good Clinical Practice (GCP) certificate (attach a copy)
  • Training in Research Ethics, e.g. TRREE (Training and Resources in Research Ethics Evaluation) certificate obtained (attach a copy).
  • Presentation of oral or posters at local, national or international conferences.

Application Requirement

Please ensure that all relevant documentation is attached to your application. INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

  • A detailed curriculum vitae and cover letter (please note that the first three (3) referees on your CV will be contacted with regard to reference checking);
  • Certified copies (not older than 6 months) of all academic records;
  • Certified copies (not older than 6 months) of qualifications (please provide the SAQA accreditation in the case of foreign qualifications);
  • A certified copy (not older than 6 months) of your identity document (ID);
  • Proof of registration with a Professional Body (if applicable);
  • A copy of your driver’s license (if applicable).

About University of the Free State

The University of the Free State is a multi-campus institution, with two diverse campuses in Bloemfontein and one in Qwaqwa in the scenic Eastern Free State, accommodating more than 40 000 students in its seven faculties, with an increasing number of international students and associates, and an ever-widening scope of active involvement in and contribution to its surrounding communities. It is an institution that goes all out to provide its students and staff with an outstanding university experience, anchored in a value bedrock of Excellence, Innovation and Impact, Sustainability, Care, Social Justice, and Accountability.