Researcher - 2 year contract at the University of the Witwatersrand

  Organization Name: School of Economics and Finance

Department Description: The School of Economics and Finance (SEF) is one of six schools in the Faculty of Commerce, Law and Management at the University of the Witwatersrand. The school offers an active research environment and is home to the PPS Chair in Health Economics, the mission of which is to conduct cutting-edge research within the domain of health economics with a view to informing policy and practice that will improve the health and well-being of all.

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Brief Description: The School invites applications for the position of Researcher. The position is a two (2) year fixed-period contract appointment with a possibility of renewal subject to funding and performance. Requirements: The incumbent, who will work closely with the Chair and will have a good understanding of the wider health sector and health economics landscape in the country, the region and globally, will be expected to:

• Conduct scoping, systematic and other literature reviews

• Conduct advanced statistical and econometric analysis

• Assist with the writing of research reports, briefs and journal papers

• Assist with the writing of research proposals and funding applications

• Coordinate and manage research projects

• Enroll for and complete a PhD qualification (if not in possession of a PhD degree)

 Job Requirements  

Minimum qualifications: Coursework Master’s degree in Economics. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. A specialization in Health Economics and some experience in health economics research will be considered advantageous. Previous experience in conducting scoping and systematic reviews and practical fieldwork experience in data collection will also be added advantages. A PhD in Health Economics is desirable


How to Apply: Internal employees are invited to apply directly on Oracle by following the path: iWits /Self Service application/” Apply for a job” External applicants are invited to apply, by registering your profile on the Wits i-recruitment platform located at and submitting your application. Your application must be supported with a cover letter and a CV that includes the name, address and contact details, (including email addresses) of three referees, copies of qualifications, professional memberships, and a copy of identity as well as a specimen of your own writing in the form of a research paper or academic publication. The University is committed to employment equity. In accordance with our Employment Equity goals and plan, preference will be given to suitably qualified applicants from designated groups, as defined in the Employment Equity Act, 55 of 1998 and subsequent amendments thereto. The University reserves the right not to appoint if suitable candidates are not found. Email applications will not be accepted. Only those sent through the I-Recruitment platform will be considered.

For enquiries, please contact Professor Frikkie Booysen, PPS Chair in Health Economics, at

Closing date for applications: 17 March 2023

Job opening | 13 March 2023