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 will lead, manage and expand the research portfolio of the Environment and Health Research Unit within the SAMRC. The Unit Director position calls for 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 methodological research and primary research to enhance evidence-informed healthcare and policy.

Qualifications and experience: • A PhD in Environmental Epidemiology, Public Health, or other related field or a Medical Speciality • at least ten (10) years’ experience in research, of which three (3) years must be in a leadership and management capacity within the Epidemiology, or Public Health environment • at least five (5) years management experience at a senior management level • NRF A or B rating or evidence of international recognition in a focal area within Environment and Health research • a track record of research, grants, publications – national and international (at least 50 lifetime publications (ISI journal articles, editorials or book chapters)) • written successful research grant applications for international and national donors to support a research Programme.

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.