Postdoctoral Research Fellow Vacancy - Adolescent Health Research Unit

10 Feb 2017 - 07:45

We are delighted to advertise a 12-month full-time postdoctoral research fellowship in the Adolescent Health Research Unit (AHRU), Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health at the University of Cape Town.

The successful candidate will join the vibrant interdisciplinary AHRU team, led by Prof Petrus de Vries and A/Prof Cathy Mathews. Themes in the AHRU include sexual and reproductive health, adolescent mental health, intimate partner violence, abuse & bullying and health/education systems for adolescents.

The postdoctoral fellow will be tasked to:

  • set up a youth panel from the local community to advise us on research priorities
  • join the AHRU team in analysis and write-up of existing projects
  • generate ideas in collaboration with the AHRU team for new adolescent-related papers and grants


The Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at UCT has a vibrant research programme across 5 themes. Apart from the adolescence theme (led by the AHRU), the Division has a systematic research programme on Autism Spectrum Disorders in Africa (Lead: Prof de Vries), a Tuberous Sclerosis Complex research programme (Lead: Prof de Vries), an Infant Mental Health Programme (Lead: E/Prof Astrid Berg) and a staff research development programme. Candidates with an interest across the adolescent and other divisional research programmes would be welcome to apply.

Applicants should not be registered for study towards any degree at the time of assuming the fellowship. Preference will be given to applicants whose research interests are aligned with the Faculty’s strategic research objectives: refer to the faculty research strategy document for more information: Strong emphasis will be placed on the merit of the applicant and the quality of the research proposal.

Applicants should submit a short outline of ideas for the post across the 3 tasks outlined above. For information on the Faculty of Health Sciences and its research activities, see For further information about the AHRU see, or email Rehana Effendi (
The following conditions apply:

  • Applicants able to provide proof that their PhD thesis has been submitted and will have been examined by January 2017 are eligible.
  • Applicants who were awarded the PhD degree no earlier than December 2012 and who are not yet in academic or research posts are eligible.
  • Successful candidates will be expected to undertake the proposed research as well as optional but limited teaching duties as part of professional development; however
  • Successful candidates will not be expected to perform any service to the host department in return for the Fellowship.
  • The fellowship is awarded for one year.
  • The Fellowship may not be held concurrently with any other formal fellowship from a national or international funding body or from the University Research Committee (URC). Holders of such fellowships that are renewable for 2017 are ineligible for the FHS Fellowship.
  • The Fellowship must be taken up by 1 April 2017, or as soon as possible after that, and no later than 1 June 2017.
  • Fellows will be required to enter into a Memorandum of Agreement with the University of Cape Town, and a Memorandum of Understanding with their research host.
  • Fellows will be required to comply with the University of Cape Town’s approved policies, procedures and practices for the postdoctoral sector.

There are no fringe benefits so that the successful candidate is responsible for his or her own medical aid and insurance arrangements. Tax-free status will be arranged with the South African Revenue Services.
Enquiries and completed applications should be addressed to Ms Rehana Effendi,, tel: + 27 21 685 4103.
Closing date for applications: 27 February 2017 (midnight South African time).

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Please submit to Rehana Effendi (

  • completed application form (click here to access form).
  • copy of your CV
  • 1-2 page letter outlining how you would propose to perform the 3 tasks outlined above
  • Copies of references by at least 2 independent referees

Interview date for shortlisted candidates: 10 March 2017