Job Details

  • Reference number: E210142
  • Province: Western Cape
  • Type of engagement: Permanent appointment
  • Posted: July 29th
  • Remuneration package: The employer offers a market related salary.

Background to Position

eResearch. We seek to attract a suitably experienced and qualified person to the post of Director: e-Research at the University of Cape Town. The purpose of this position is to provide leadership in the creation of an environment for 21st century discovery at UCT through the use of advanced computing and technology-enabled research practices. This will be achieved by partnering with research groups to accelerate and transform research, connecting them to the most appropriate hardware, software and services to sustain that capability.

Job Description


  • Continuing to develop UCT's eResearch Centre to lead eResearch activities and practices.
  • Facilitating researcher access to state-of-the-art research facilities and computational resources equipment internally, regionally and internationally.
  • Facilitating access to software, training, software development services and support services.
  • Delivering efficiencies that save researchers time and money.
  • Fostering collaborations in research disciplines; in trans- and interdisciplinary research collaborations; and across research support departments, both internally and across institutions. 
  • Facilitating research data management and eScholarship.
  • Managing change in eResearch practice and assisting emerging researchers in adopting new approaches.
  • Strengthening support for research grant applications.
  • Enabling opportunities for more research-engaged teaching.

Providing leadership in eResearch nationally and internationally.

Inherent Criteria


  • Master’s degree (NQF Level 9) in a relevant domain science.
  • 15 years relevant experience, including at least 5 years in a senior managerial role in an academic environment.
  • An understanding and knowledge of the research enterprise and current issues in eResearch, both locally and internationally.
  • A demonstrable understanding of the diverse needs and challenges of researchers in different disciplines at the university.
  • Evidence of published peer-reviewed research or equivalent outputs.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.
  • An ability to manage a diverse cross-functional team. 

Demonstrated evidence of success in writing and winning externally funded grants will be an advantage.

Application Requirement

Genevieve Michel, Academic Partners’ Assessment Director, stands ready to receive your application and walk you through what is considered South Africa’s pre-eminent position in this field. In the first instance, please email her at and provide her with a letter of motivation, together with your CV before the closing date of 13 August 2021.

About University of Cape Town

The University of Cape Town (UCT) is South Africa's oldest university, and is one of Africa's leading teaching and research institutions. UCT was founded in 1829 as the South African College, a high school for boys. The College had a small tertiary-education facility that grew substantially after 1880, when the discovery of gold and diamonds in the north – and the resulting demand for skills in mining – gave it the financial boost it needed to grow. The College developed into a fully fledged university during the period 1880 to 1900, thanks to increased funding from private sources and the government.