Position Summary

Campus: Auckland Park Bunting Road 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 Centre for Social Development in Africa (CSDA) was established in 2004 and is dedicated to basic, applied and strategic research in social development and developmental welfare. We aim to positively influence development issues in the Southern African region by contributing to debates on social policy, improvements in service delivery and the expansion of knowledge through cutting-edge research.  
Job Description: 

The incumbent will be responsible for conducting research in the social development field in Africa with specific expertise in social policy and social welfare research. In particular they will be required to:
  • Initiate and lead research projects in the area of social policy and social welfare 
  • Publish in academic fora
  • Supervise postgraduate students
  • Write proposals for grant funded research projects
  • Manage research projects
  • Report to donors
  • Liaise with external partners and disseminate research 
  • Assistance with staff management 
  • Conduct research in the social development field in Africa
  • Initiate and lead research projects
  • Academic publishing
  • Supervision of postgraduate students
  • Capacity building of younger staff members
  • Proposal writing for grant funded research projects
  • Management of research projects
  • Reporting to donors
  • Liaison with external partners and dissemination of research 

Minimum requirements

  • Relevant doctoral degree
  • 5 years’ experience in research management
  • Experience in supervision of postgraduate students
  • Good publication record 
Competencies and Behavioural Attributes:

  • Takes initiative
  • Team player 

  • Experience with software data management and analysis packages such as Atlas ti/ SPSS/ STATA or similar
  • Experience managing grant funds in a research context
  • Research niche in the area of social policy/social welfare 
  • Proposal writing for grant funding experience
  • Awareness of mixed methodologies 

Enquiries regarding job content: Dr Lauren Graham (011)559-1905
Enquiries regarding remuneration and benefits: Lungisa Zihlangu (011) 559-2956


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.

Enquiries (UJ e-recruitment Portal)

If you have general enquiries regarding the advertised post, please send an e-mail with the subject line being the reference number of the post to vacancies@uj.ac.za
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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.