Researcher - Epidemiological Modelling, South Africa



Closing date: 27 February 2015

Job description

SACEMA is looking to appoint two or three strong quantitative analysts into contract positions, to support projects on:

  • Modelling demographic and epidemiological scenarios;
  • Evolution and spread of drug resistance;
  • Characterisation and use of novel diagnostic technology;
  • Innovative analysis and modelling of clinical outcomes data.
  • Spatial dynamics of epidemics

The successful applicant will work closely within a vibrant international network of modellers, funders and policy makers, and have access to a generous travel and logistical budget, while based at the University of Stellenbosch, in Stellenbosch, South Africa.

For more information and to submit an application, please click the "Apply through website" button. Your application, comprising a comprehensive curriculum vitae (including the names and contact details of at least two referees), must reach the University before or on the closing date of the advertised post.

Desired skills and experience


  • Master’s degree in a quantitative aspect of public health, epidemiology, statistics, or dynamical modelling; 
  • ability to develop and critique mathematical and statistical models; 
  • excellent verbal and written communication skills, and some experience with the epidemiology of HIV; 
  • high level of proficiency with some standard software for data manipulation/analysis, or solid software development skills.


  • Ph.D. in a quantitative aspect of public health, epidemiology, statistics, or dynamical modelling.

About the employer

The South African Centre for Epidemiological Modelling & Analysis (SACEMA) is a national research centre established under the Centre of Excellence programme of the Department of Science & Technology and the National Research Foundation. SACEMA specialises in the innovative mathematical modelling and statistical analyses relevant to understanding and combatting diseases prevalent in South Africa and the region; in particular, but not limited to, HIV and TB.

Commencement of duties: As soon as possible
Closing date: 27 February 2015
Enquiries regarding this position: Alex Welte on 021 808 2589 or
Enquiries regarding remuneration/benefits as well as technical assistance with the electronic application process: Human Resources Client Service Centre on 021 808 2753