South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC)


The South African SAMRC NCDRU’s program on ‘Food environment and dietary quality (FEDQ)’ is a research program aiming through optimization of the food environment and dietary quality, to improve the prevention and control of common non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the South African and African context. The program is located organizationally under the auspices of the Office of the Director, NCDRU. NCDRU is looking for an enthusiastic scientist to continue the develop and maintenance of its program of research on food environment and dietary quality.

Specialist Scientist: Food Environment and Dietary Quality:

•PhD in Dietetics, Nutrition or Public health nutrition • 5 years’ research experience in a research institution or a university focusing on dietary assessment in different population groups, preferably in relation with NCDs, across the lifecycle within the South African context • hands-on experience in the planning, collection, management and use of dietary data for research within the South African context • advanced knowledge of dietary assessment instruments for research and dietary data analysis • good communication and organisational skills • ability to multi-task and work under pressure • experience in managing people and project as project leader • ability to plan own research • experience with post-graduate teaching and supervision • ability to lead scientific writing, demonstrated through involvement in scientific papers as first author • experience in grant writing as PI, co-PI or coinvestigator • advanced knowledge of at least one of the following statistical packages: R, SPSS, SAS or STATA • permanent position • salary R820 660 per annum negotiable depending on experience and qualifications.

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

The closing date for applications for this post is 20 June 2021

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