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South African Medical Research Council



The Biostatistics Unit of the SAMRC is an active research entity that collaborates with health and medical researchers from the SAMRC, universities, other research institutions and international agencies. Statisticians in the Biostatistics Unit provide statistical support on design, analysis and reporting, to collaborative national and international projects in the SAMRC research portfolio. These range from surveys, epidemiological studies to randomised controlled and clinical trials. Statistical methodological development as well as the training and supervision of researchers and junior staff is also done. The Biostatistics Unit offers a challenging biostatistics career in health and clinical research within a dynamic environment.

The Unit has several methodological and application Biostatistics research areas including Bayesian and nonparametric statistics; joint modeling of longitudinal and survival data, complex survey data analyses; multivariate spatial statistics analysis; statistics for clinical trials; structural equation and latent class modelling. The Unit is involved in several public health specialisation and application in HIV, TB, NCD and Sports Sciences. The successful candidate will have an individual research portfolio and contribute to these themes. All areas of expertise in biostatistics will be considered, however, the unit has currently needs for Statistical expertise in clinical trials; bioinformatics and big data sciences in the Health Sciences domain.

The permanent Biostatistician/Senior Biostatistician/Specialist Biostatistician position is currently available, based at SAMRC in Cape Town/Pretoria/Durban.

For the Biostatistician: Honours degree in statistics, biostatistics or biometry • at least two years’ experience in clinical and health research environments • strong academic background and publication record is desired • proficient in programming in at least one statistical software • oral presentations on at least two conferences/seminars/meetings in biostatistics • salary in the region of R361 043 per annum.

For the Senior Biostatistician: Master’s degree in statistics, biostatistics, or biometry • at least four years’ experience in clinical and health research environments • supervision of at least one Honours student or engagement in teaching and training of staff • able to write-up study design, sample size and analysis plan of proposals • proficient in programming in at least one statistical software • salary in the region of R516 624 per annum.

For the Specialist Biostatistician: PhD in statistics, biostatistics, or biometry • at least seven years’ experience in clinical and health research environments • excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills • at least a national recognition in the field of Biostatistics • salary in the region of R820 660 per annum.\

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

Closing date: 21 July 2019

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