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Post-Doctoral Opportunity with the SARChl Chair in Health Policy and Systems

Deadline: November 29, 2013  11:59:00 pm

University of Witwatersrand: The Centre for Health Policy

BUILDING CAPACITY IN HEALTH POLICY AND SYSTEMS RESEARCH: Post-Doctoral Opportunity with the SARChl Chair in Health Policy and Systemsat the Centre for Health Policy, School of Public Health, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

The Centre for Health Policy has been awarded a South African Research Chair (SARChI) by the National Research Foundation (NRF). The research portfolio associated with this chair will focus on universal access (or universal coverage) to quality care for all South Africans, conducting research on strengthening the public health system’s ability to use resources effectively and efficiently. The Centre for Health Policyis seeking a post‐doctoral fellow for a 2‐4 year position, to work within the SARChI programme.

The Centre for Health Policy (CHP) is situated within the School of Public Health at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. CHP is committed to building capacity in health policy and systems research, offering a nurturing, supportive environment that emphasizes mentorship and skills‐development for people passionate about a  career in the field. We offer a dynamic environment in which to conduct cutting‐edge, multi‐discilinary health systems and policy research; engage in national & international policy debates; participate in international consortia, as well as publish. CHP’s current research focuses on health systems, human resources, healthcare financing, social exclusion and access to health care, policy implementation analysis, and maternal and child health. In addition, our work includes policy engagement and postgraduate teaching. We have an established national and international reputation, and our success is built on innovation and diversity. Website:

The successful candidate will be highly motivated, with a strong interest in health equity and social justice. S/he will be passionate about research, preferably with a good  understanding of the financial, human resource and governance dimensions of health systems, especially in the context of universal health coverage. S/he must be able to demonstrate innovative thinking with respect to methods and approaches. Applicants will have a relevant doctoral degree (e.g. public health, sociology, political science, development studies) and possess knowledge of public health, health systems or health policy.  All candidates are expected to have excellent writing and conceptual skills, and be able to work well in a multi‐disciplinary team. We welcome applications from international candidates but we particularly invite them from qualified South African as well as African scholars.


Enquiries and applications to:

Jackie Roseleur: +27 (0)11 717 3445,


To apply, all of the following should be submitted:

·    a covering letter identifying why you are interested in the position

·    a detailed CV, including contact details

·    names and contact details of 3 referees

·    certified copies of degrees/diplomas

·    a short piece of recent written work, or publication, on which you are the first author.


Please note appointments will only be made if there are suitable candidates. Closing date for applications: 29 November 2013

Telephone interviews will take place in early to mid‐ January 2014.

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