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PART-TIME MEDICAL DOCTOR REQUIRED FOR RESEARCH STUDY IN HEALTH SCIENCES AT WITS 2017

Applications are invited for a part-time (50%) medical doctor to assist with a research project within the MRC/Wits Developmental Pathways for Health Research Unit (DPHRU), in collaboration with the South African Medical Research Council for a project: “Determinants of type 2 diabetes mellitus risk in middle-aged black South African men and women: dissecting the role of sex hormones, inflammation and glucocorticoids”.

The research project will address the rising burden of type 2 diabetes in black middle-aged South Africans. The project will examine the changes in sex hormone levels over the menopausal transition in women, and in men of the same age, and explore the effects of body fat distribution and insulin sensitivity and secretion, dissecting the specific roles of glucocorticoids and inflammatory mediators in the context of HIV. The study population will comprise a middle-aged cohort from the urban township of Soweto in Johannesburg, SA.

The successful candidate will be based at the DPHRU offices at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto, Johannesburg, on a 50% contract, and will assist with clinical research techniques including fat biopsies and intravenous glucose tolerance testing. The candidate will be encouraged to enrol for a PhD degree, using the data collected as part of this study.

Candidates must meet the following requirements:
  • MBChB or equivalent
  • Registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA)
  • Interest in research
The successful candidate will form part of a collaborative research team, including researchers from the WITS/MRC Developmental Pathways for Health Research Unit, South African Medical Research Council, Umeå University, Sweden and Oxford University, UK.

For this part-time position (50% of time), the candidate will be remunerated an amount of R480,000 per annum.

Applicants are requested to submit the following:
1. A covering letter indicating your suitability for the position;
2. Curriculum vitae, including names and contact details of referees;
3. Copy of your ID book;
4. Certified copies of your qualifications.

Only applications that include the above requirements will be considered.

Please submit all required documentation to Mrs Prisha Pillay on e-mail: prisha.pillay@wits.ac.za or Fax No: (011) 933-3424.

Closing date for applications is Sunday 30 October 2016, with the expected start date of the fellowship in January 2017.

For further enquiries, please contact Assoc Prof Lisa Micklesfield at 021-650 3135 or lisa.micklesfield@wits.ac.za or assoc prof julia goedecke at 021-938 0862 or julia.goedecke@mrc.ac.za



POST-DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP IN HEALTH SCIENCES AT WITS 2017-2019
Applications are invited for a three year post-doctoral fellowship within the MRC/Wits Developmental Pathways for Health Research Unit (DPHRU), in collaboration with the South African Medical Research Council for a project entitled: “Determinants of type 2 diabetes mellitus risk in middle-aged black South African men and women: dissecting the role of sex hormones, inflammation and glucocorticoids”.

The research project will address the rising burden of type 2 diabetes in black middle-aged South Africans. The project will examine the changes in sex hormone levels over the menopausal transition in women, and in men of the same age, and explore the effects of body fat distribution and insulin sensitivity and secretion, dissecting the specific roles of glucocorticoids and inflammatory mediators in the context of HIV. The study population will comprise a middle-aged cohort from the urban township of Soweto in Johannesburg, SA.

The successful candidate will be based at the DPHRU offices at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto, Johannesburg, and under the direction and supervision of the study project team, will serve as the project manager for the study and will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the research project, from project planning and coordination, participant recruitment, data collection, sample analysis, statistical analysis and write-up.

Candidates must meet the following requirements:
  • A doctoral degree in the health sciences, obtained within the last 5 years;
  • Experience in project management, specifically relating to research studies involving human participants;
  • Experience in data management;
  • Competence in statistical analyses;
  • Excellent writing skills.
Advantages:
  • • Experience in NCD research
  • Laboratory and/or epidemiology skills
The successful candidate will be required to register for a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of the Witwatersrand, but will form part of a collaborative research team, including researchers from the WITS/MRC Developmental Pathways for Health Research Unit, South African Medical Research Council, Umeå University, Sweden and Oxford University, UK.

The value of the Fellowship is R300 000/annum (tax free), which is renewable annually for a period of 3 years dependant on the progress of the candidate.

Applicants are requested to submit the following:
1. A covering letter indicating your suitability for the position;
2. Curriculum vitae, including names and contact details of referees;
3. Copy of your ID book;
4. Certified copies of your qualifications.

Only applications that include the above requirements will be considered.

Please submit all required documentation to Mrs Prisha Pillay on e-mail: prisha.pillay@wits.ac.za or Fax No: (011) 933-3424.

Closing date for applications is Sunday 30 October 2016, with the expected start date of the fellowship in January 2017.

For further enquiries, please contact Assoc Prof Lisa Micklesfield at 021-650 3135 or lisa.micklesfield@wits.ac.za or Assoc Prof Julia Goedecke at 021-9380862 or Julia.goedecke@mrc.ac.za