The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC)

The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) is a globally recognised and respected medical research institution whose vision is to build a healthy nation through research and innovation. A revitalisation of the SAMRC over the past two years has resulted in an organisation that leads in health innovation through the generation of world class, cutting-edge research with a high impact on policy and practice. The SAMRC seeks to appoint a Vice President (VP) Research, who will lead, manage and expand the intramural research portfolio of the SAMRC.

The SAMRC is seeking a creative and innovative medical doctor and health related or medical scientist with an international reputation and an established research track record, evidence of capacity development and success in grant-funding. The incumbent will further strengthen the SAMRC, focusing on impact and maintaining world class standards.


5-year contract position

Cape Town or Pretoria or Durban Office

Qualifications and experience: • A medical doctor with either specialist degree or PhD in Health Sciences • active membership with the Health Professionals Body, e.g. HPCSA • an understanding of the national and international health research environment and health priorities • experience and/or knowledge of relevant legislation and regulations including the South African Medical Research Council Act, National Health Act, and the Public Finance Management Act • a scientist with international standing who has been rated and has an established record of excellence and achievement in health research.

For the full details of this post and the application procedure please see the advertisement under “Jobs” on the SAMRC website at:

The closing date for applications is 23 April 2021.