HSRC Chief Research Specialist Internships – Details + Requirements


Human Sciences Research Council invites applicants to apply for the Chief Research Specialist  Internship/graduates programme for 2020.

Internship Application Closing date: 18 September 2020.

Internship Location: Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.


Human Sciences Research Council Internships

HSRC Chief Research Specialist Internships


In delivering ‘social science that makes a difference’ in South Africa and on the African continent the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) initiates and undertakes policy-oriented research programmes and projects from its offices in Cape Town, Durban, Pietermaritzburg, and Pretoria. Its public-purpose mandate is set out in the Human Sciences Research Council Act of 2008.

Chief Research Specialist (1 Position)
Cape Town
Ref: CeSTII-CRS 09/20

Key responsibilities:
• Developing the measurement work programme of CeSTII in supporting national policies for science, technology and innovation;
• Conducting good quality research, analysis and evaluation (using qualitative and/or quantitative methodologies) that has both strategic and policy relevance;
• Networking with major users and funders of social science research to understand their research needs;
• Designing programmes for problem-oriented interdisciplinary research;
• Managing research teams and large scale long term research projects;
• Delivering high-quality results and reports to budget and deadline;
• Communicating research findings and publishing in refereed journals;
• Building national and international research links;
• Mentoring junior researchers.

Internships Requirements

•A doctorate in the social sciences or related disciplines.
•At least 6 years of experience as a senior academic;
•A strong record of published research with up to 12 peer-reviewed articles in both local and international journals – several of which should be first authored;
•Expertise in one of the priority research areas of CeSTII: science, technology and innovation policy and measurement, as well as economic development and other management and social science disciplines;
•A sound grounding in research methods, especially quantitative approaches, will be a strong recommendation;
•Intellectual and personal integrity, imagination and drive;
•A strong user orientation, based on a commitment to social research that makes a difference;
•The ability and enthusiasm to lead research teams involved in large-scale multidisciplinary research, to manage research teams, and to mentor and train their members.
•The versatility to apply quantitative and qualitative methodologies to challenging subject matter across disciplinary boundaries.


The HSRC offers attractive, market-related packages, depending on qualifications, experience and recent performance for senior positions.

In your application, please include (1) a letter of motivation; (2) a comprehensive CV; (3) three copies of sole/first authored peer reviewed publications; and (4) the names of three contactable referees (with mobile/telephone, e-mail and fax contact details). Please indicate the specific position you are applying for and include the reference number. The HSRC will only consider applications that comply with the above requirements. Applicants may be required to undertake a written exercise in the competencies required for the position.

How To Apply

Please submit your application on-line at Apply Online

Please note the following:
•Ensure you use Google Chrome or Firefox from a computer or laptop, and not a cell phone
•Only your CV can be uploaded on the first page after you have registered/logged in.
•ALL OTHER DOCUMENTS can be uploaded on the “Document” tab on your profile
•Attachments must be less than 2 MB.
•Should you experience problems applying online, please send your applications to Clearly indicate the reference number in the subject line

For further enquiries, and not applications, please contact Dr Glenda Kruss on email
The HSRC is committed to accelerating the improvement in the proportion of its senior managers and research and administrative staff who are black, female or disabled.
Closing date: 18 September 2020. We encourage applicants to submit applications before that date.

Applicants who have not been contacted within eight weeks after the closing date should assume that their applications have been unsuccessful. Only interviewed candidates will be notified of the outcome of their applications.

The HSRC reserves the right not to make an appointment.


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