The Division of Biomedical Engineering invites applications from suitably qualified doctoral graduates for a postdoctoral research fellowship in the area of health innovation. The successful candidate will participate in at least two of the following

  •  Conduct case studies of successful health innovations in South Africa and other developing contexts so as to identify critical success factors
  • Examine the status and prospects of the South African medical device industry;
  • Examine interaction between universities, industry and the public sector for health innovation;
  • Design, implement and test innovations that address local health care challenges in a contextually appropriate manner
  • Develop and test a health innovation design protocol for postgraduate students.


Worth of Award

  • The fellowship has a value of R190,000 per annum, is tax-free and is tenable for one year.
  • It may be renewed for a further year on evidence of satisfactory academic progress.


Applicants must:

  • Have obtained a doctoral degree in any relevant field within the past 5years (eg health/engineering/management/
  • Natural/social sciences)
  • Have held no previous professional or academic posts
  • Be willing to take up the fellowship by 24 March 2014
  • Demonstrate congruence between his/her research interests and the research areas outlined above;
  • Have an established or emerging publication record;
  • Be able to work in an interdisciplinary team environment;
  • Have good organizational and management skills;
  • Have good written and oral communication skills;
  • Be prepared to undertake limited teaching/supervision duties as part of his/her professional development;
  • Be prepared to register at the University of Cape Town as a postdoctoral research fellow and will be expected to comply with the policies and practices of the Postdoctoral Research Sector of the University.

How to Apply

  • Apply by email to [email protected], supplying the following documentation:
  • a covering letter describing the applicant’s research interests and indicating how these align with the themes of the fellowship
  • a CV that includes full details of publications
  • copies of all academic transcripts and certificates for previous degrees and for the doctoral degree
  • The names of two academic referees with whom the applicant has worked.
  • Candidates who obtained their PhD at universities other than UCT are encouraged to apply.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

Deadline: Application closing date is not stated. Email them if you have questions: [email protected]

Programme brochure is here (PDF)

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