Medical Research Council South Africa

The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) strives to improve the nation’s health and quality of life by funding and conducting relevant and leading health research. It further aims to promote equity, career development and progression.


The SAMRC seeks to appoint a UNIT DIRECTOR who is a senior researcher with international standing, proven leadership skills and the ability to enhance and maintain a centre of excellence that facilitates the generation and dissemination of Cochrane systematic reviews, methodological research and primary research to enhance evidence-informed healthcare and policy.

Qualifications and experience: • A medical degree with specialist qualifications or a doctoral degree preferably in the health sciences, with a sound knowledge of epidemiology and/ biostatistics • a minimum of ten (10) years of experience in the field of health research • experience in knowledge translation would be advantageous • considerable experience and understanding in the conduct of Cochrane reviews or equivalent systematic reviews and meta-analysis • extensive experience in the management of projects, staff and budgets, including the development of a multi-year programme of work • experience in health-related research at a senior level, with international standing • the post holder should have a valid driver’s license and be willing to travel nationally, and internationally.

This is a 5-year contract post and is based at the SAMRC Cape Town or Pretoria or Durban Offices.

For the full advertisements, details, terms and conditions and application procedures about these posts please visit the “Jobs” section on the SAMRC website at:

Closing date for both posts is 26 January 2024.

No late applications will be accepted.