The School of Public Health at the University of the Western Cape has an international reputation as a leading research and teaching institution in Public Health. It’s educational and  research  activities  are  wide-ranging,  with  a  special  focus  on  health  systems research, primary health care, social determinants of health, health promotion, and priority conditions including TB/HIV and chronic disease, and the implementation of district health systems.   The School is a WHO Collaborating Centre and houses a prestigious South African Research Chair Initiative (SARCHI) Chair in Health Systems, Complexity and Social Change and the Centre for Research on HIV and AIDS. The School’s distance learning postgraduate programme, offered through a range of learning media, is unique in Southern Africa. It provides health and welfare personnel from developing countries, especially in Africa, with the opportunity to enhance their capacity to analyse, build and strengthen the health sector in their respective countries.

The School is seeking to fill a vacancy of Associate Professor or Professor in a permanent position to commence duties as soon as possible. The successful candidate will join a strong multi-disciplinary team of academics, play a central role in the School’s postgraduate programmes, including Master’s, Doctoral and Postdoctoral supervision, and will be expected to lead and develop existing and new research areas in the School.

A strong profile in research, masters and doctoral level supervision, policy engagement, post graduate course development, fundraising and leading teams will be a great advantage.



Applicant Criteria:

•   A PhD or PhD equivalent in Public Health or Social & Behavioural Sciences, or a related field

•   Proven expertise in one or more of the following areas, viz. epidemiology, health

systems research, knowledge translation, health management, quantitative and/or qualitative research methods and/or one of the key public health programme areas

•   Peer reviewed publications track record

•   Experience in planning, conducting and leading research in public health

•   Experience in supervising postgraduate students at doctoral level

•   Track record of Research Grant proposals.



For further information (but not applications), please contact Prof Helen Schneider on

+27 (0)21 959 2809 or email: hschneider@uwc.ac.za.


Closing date: 13 October 2013


If you are interested, please apply in writing by 13 October by forwarding your cover letter and detailed curriculum vitae accompanied by the names and full contact particulars (i.e. e-mail & postal addresses, telephone & cell numbers) of at least three contactable referees, together with copies of your ID and highest qualification, to: Mr Lonwabo Madoda, Human Resources Department, University of the Western Cape, Private Bag X17, Bellville 7535, lmadoda@uwc.ac.za, Tel +27 21 959 9547 (fax +27 21

959 1466).



In line with the University’s commitment to diversifying its workforce, applications from designated groups will be given priority consideration. The University reserves the right not to make an appointment, make an appointment at a lower level and seek additional candidates.


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