Pan African Bioinformatics Network for H3Africa

Junior Research Fellow (Bioinformatics)

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a two-year, fixed term contract position at the level of Junior Research Fellow, for appointment as soon as possible. The position will be situated in the Computational Biology Group, which is in the Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences and the Institute of Infectious Disease & Molecular Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town. The Research Fellow will work on an MRC Flagship project to study transmission of tuberculosis, and will include data integration and mathematical modelling.


  • A PhD degree in Bioinformatics or Computational Biology
  • Minimum of 3 years postdoctoral research experience in the field of bioinformatics
  • Demonstrated research experience (publication record)
  • Good background in Bioinformatics, Mathematics or Statistics
  • Good communication skills
  • Leadership skills


  • Manage data from various partners as part of an MRC flagship project on TB transmission
  • Integrate data from different technologies and areas of biology (NGS, proteomics, immunology, etc.)
  • Publish a minimum of 2 papers per year during the tenure of the Fellowship
  • Co-supervise a minimum of 2 postgraduate students in the Computational Biology Group working on the TB transmission and related projects
  • Develop proposals for submission to major funding agencies to support long-term research efforts
  • Aim to secure independent research funding, develop national and international research partnerships, collaborations and network ties.
  • Encouraged, but not required, to gain experience in bioinformatics teaching.

The 2014 annual cost of employment, for this contract position will be in the range R298,000 – R330,000,
depending on experience.

To apply, please e-mail • the completed UCT Application form (HR201) • a detailed CV, including contact details of three referees • Academic transcripts • an outline of your current or desired future research plan (not exceeding 1 page); with the subject line “Junior Research Fellow: Bioinformatics” followed by the reference number to Mrs Cashifa Karriem at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The application form can be downloaded at http://web.uct.ac.za/depts/sapweb/forms/hr201.doc

Telephone: +27 21 4066058

Website: http://cbio.uct.ac.za

An application which does not comply with the above requirements will be regarded as incomplete. 

Reference number: I-3074

Closing date: 10 th January 2015

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