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PhD Research Intern

Industry: Academia, Education and Training

Date posted: Thu, 21 Dec 2017


Location: Cape Town, Western Cape

Expires: Fri, 26 Jan 2018


Reference Number: EPD PhD Intern12/17

Position Type: Full Time

Job Description:

Company Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)
Reference # EPD PhD Intern12/17
Published 19/12/2017
Contract Type Contract
36 Months
Salary Market Related
Location Nationwide, Nationwide, South Africa
Introduction
In delivering ‘social science that makes a difference’, the Research Programmes of the Human Sciences Research Council initiate and undertake policy-oriented research projects and programmes from its offices in Cape Town, Durban, Pietermaritzburg, Port Elizabeth and Pretoria. Its public-purpose mandate is set out in the Human Sciences Research Council Act of 2008.
 
Economic Performance and Development (EPD) seeks to generate robust knowledge, evidence and policy ideas to tackle the unsustainable levels of unemployment, inequality and poverty in South Africa. There is an emphasis on micro-economic and multi-disciplinary approaches to understanding the drivers and dynamics of economic and employment change within regions, cities, towns and rural areas. An underlying question is how to expand, upgrade and transform the trajectory of the economy in a way that benefits the many, not the few.
 
EPD’s work is structured around four themes:
•The spatial economy of city-regions
•Place making and development
•Rural Socio-Economic Transitions 
•Employment creation and Inclusive development 
 
EPD wishes to appoint a PhD Research Intern for a period of three years. 
Research Intern for a period of three years.
PhD RESEARCH INTERN (1 Post)
Cape Town based
(Ref No: EPD PhD Intern 12/17)
 
The internship experience is intensive and seeks mature individuals who are able to work independently as well as in a team. The appointed intern will develop their research expertise by working with experts and project specialists. The successful candidate will be working on various projects under the Rural Socio-Economic Transitions theme.
 
 
 
 
Job Functions Research
Industries Research
Specification
Key responsibilities:
 
In addition to completing their degrees, research interns are required to participate in all aspects of the research process as they work on research projects. Among other duties, they will participate in the following activities under supervision:
 
•The conceptualisation and execution of research projects including formulation of research questions and funding proposals;
•Help design research projects and manage and oversee quantitative and qualitative fieldwork activities;
•The submission of research proposals for ethical review;
•Undertake qualitative and quantitative fieldwork;
•Conduct quantitative data analysis independently including appropriate statistics tests 
•Conduct and organise literature reviews and other secondary data searches and qualitative analysis of data;
•Contribute to (and if desired lead) the preparation of peer reviewed academic journal articles, research reports, study protocols, presentations, manuscripts and proposals;
•Participate in and undertake Data management of research projects: data structure and flow management from data collection through to analysis in STATA, data cleaning, data verification, quality control, analysis and preparation of tables and figures communicating research results;
•Assist with administrative matters in the research environment.
 
Requirements
Key requirements:
 
•Applicants for the PhD internship must have graduated with a Master’s degree and be registered for a PhD in Economics (Development Economics, Econometrics), Agricultural Economics (Land Tenure and Rural Development), Innovation Studies and Development Studies at a South African university. 
•Preference will be given to applicants whose PHD proposals have been accepted. 
•A strong interest in the Economics of Land Policies, including redistributive land reform, land tenure, agricultural development interventions, rural innovation. 
•Interest in any other research themes of EPD with an emphasis on Rural Socio-Economic Transitions, Employment creation and Inclusive development, Place making and development and The spatial economy of city-regions
•A sound conceptual grounding and experience in qualitative or quantitative research methods;
•Practical experience of working with household level survey data;
•A sound understanding of STATA;
•Familiarity with Macro-economic modelling (Social Accounting Matrices and Computable General Equilibrium Models) will be an added advantage;
•Demonstrated report writing skills;
•Competence in basic computer applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint;
•Applicants who are South African citizens registered at a South African University will be given preference. 
 
The HSRC is committed to accelerating the improvement in the proportion of its interns who are black, female or disabled and therefore, in terms of our Employment Equity Plan, previously disadvantaged candidates are encouraged to apply. South African citizens will receive preference.
APPLICATIONS: (1) a one page letter of motivation indicating your suitability for the position; (2) your CV, that must include your citizenship and proof of registration for PHD Studies; (3) a one-page outline of your PhD thesis; and (4) the details of three recent referees with telephone, fax or e-mail contact details. 
 
Please submit your application on-line at http://hsrc.jb.skillsmapafrica.com/ 
 
For further information about the HSRC or the post please consult our website (www.hsrc.ac.za).
 
Enquiries (not applications or CVs) may be directed to Dr Peter Jacobs Tel + 27 021 466 7849 email pjacobs@hsrc.ac.za 
 
Closing date: 26 January 2018. We encourage applicants to submit prior to the closing date. If you do not receive any response from us within eight weeks, please accept that your application was unsuccessful. Only candidates who are interviewed will be advised of the outcome of their application. The HSRC reserves the right not to make an appointment
 
APPLICATIONS FROM RECRUITMENT AGENCIES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. 
 
Job Closing Date 26/01/2018

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