Position Summary

Campus: Auckland Park Kingsway Campus
Remuneration: Market Related
EE position: EE
Level: Skilled


The University of Johannesburg (UJ) is a vibrant and cosmopolitan university, anchored in Africa and driven by a powerful strategy focused on attaining global excellence and stature (GES). With an emphasis on independent thinking, sustainable development and strategic partnerships, UJ is an international university of choice. The University is guided by the Vice-Chancellor’s vision of “Positioning UJ in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) in the context of the changing social, political and economic fortunes of Africa”.

Job description

The Council of the University of Johannesburg has declared the University as a mandatory vaccination site as per the applicable policy ((https://www.uj.ac.za/covid-19/). All applications and offers of employment is dependent upon compliance with the said policy.

The Statistical Consultation Service is located in the Postgraduate School in the Division of Research and Innovation. The Statistical Consultation Service is looking for a Statistical Consultant to join our team. 
The Statistical Consultant position presents an exciting opportunity to put your experience and knowledge in research and statistics to use. You will play an essential role in meeting the UJs postgraduate throughput and research output targets. If you are detail orientated and enjoy working with others this job can give you the chance to develop your interest and talents in research and statistics as well as your skill as a consultant. The position comes with the potential to expand your knowledge and experience of research and statistics through working on many projects in a number of different disciplines. Further details of the job are expanded on in the sections below. 
Responsibilities for the role include:

  • Reviewing and critiquing research proposals and draft data collection instruments.
  • Advising post-graduate students and researchers with quantitative research design (experimental and survey design), sampling design, questionnaire design, and development of an analysis plan.
  • Supporting the researcher during the data capture phase of their project
  • Conducting statistical analysis or supporting the researcher to conduct analysis and facilitating feedback meetings to explain statistical results
  • Mentoring of data analysts and student technical assistants
  • Building research capacity of post-graduate students and academics at the UJ through workshops and training

Minimum requirements

  • Honours degree (NQF 8) or equivalent qualification in Statistics, Mathematics or an equivalent discipline, with 2 to 3 years’ job-related experience in one of the listed disciplines
  • Two year minimum experience conducting research in a university or equivalent
  • Two year minimum experience working with a statistical computer package such as SPSS, SAS or Statistical
  • Two year minimum experience working with computer-based data preparation and analysis of data
  • Good knowledge of research methodology, sampling and questionnaire design
  • Good knowledge of basic and intermediate statistics
Competencies and Behavioural Attributes:

  • Meticulous and detail-focused
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to identify and mitigate risks
  • Collegial and emotionally intelligent
  • Ability to work in a pressurised environment and independently
  • High level of integrity and ethical standards
  • Good judgement and decision-making skills
  • Excellent critical thinking skills
  • Sound report writing and interpretation skills


  • Masters or Doctorate qualification or equivalent in Statistics, Mathematics or an equivalent discipline
  • Self-starter with strong self-management skills
  • Good knowledge of advanced statistical procedures


Enquiries regarding job content: Dr Richard Devey at (011) 559 4406
Enquiries regarding remuneration and benefits: Ms Nozuko Mazibuko at (011) 559 4690 (HR Business Partner) 


Your application, comprising of a detailed Curriculum Vitae as well as the names and full contact details (including telephone numbers and e-mail addresses) of at least three traceable and credible referees must be uploaded before or on the closing date of the advertised post. Please also attach the following: a copy of your highest academic qualification, proof of registration with professional bodies you might belong to and if applying for an academic position, a list of accredited research output and/ or a portfolio of your creative output.

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Candidates may be subjected to appropriate psychometric testing and other selection instruments.

In conjunction to merit on the basis of qualifications, experience and proven achievements the University of Johannesburg is committed to providing equal employment opportunities for persons with disabilities and those individuals from the historically disadvantaged groups. As necessitated by operational requirements the University reserves the right not to make an appointment to positions advertised. If you have not received a response from the University within 8 weeks of the closing date, you should assume that your application has been unsuccessful.


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