Job description

A postdoctoral position is available at the Centre for Health Systems Research and Development at the University of the Free State (UFS), South Africa.

Desired skills and experience

Candidates with PhDs in Public Health or Social Sciences, with an interest in health systems, are encouraged to apply. The fellowship will enable an outstanding doctoral graduate to obtain experience in research and innovation under the mentorship of established researchers.

The fellowship is open to all South African and foreign nationals, who graduated with a PhD degree in a relevant discipline within the last five years. Applicants must be able to relocate to the UFS for the duration of the fellowship.


  • Conduct innovative, qualitative research on health systems, with a focus on among others men’s health and how this affects mother and child health.
  • Author/co-author at least two (2) publication outputs per year in the form of peerreviewed scholarly journal articles in accredited ISI/DHET journals.
  • Assist in postgraduate supervision.

The renewal of the fellowship beyond the first year depends on satisfactory performance and the submission of an annual progress report.

The annual value of the fellowship is:

  • R220 000 stipend
  • R30 000 running expenses

How should candidates apply?

To apply, please email the following documentation by 19 January 2020 to Prof Michelle Engelbrecht:

  • Motivation letter, including a one- to two-page outline of relevant expertise and experience.
  • Full CV including a list of research publications, conference papers and other scholarly output.
  • Full transcripts of academic record and copy of doctoral degree certificate.
  • Copy of ID document (or copy of passport in the case of foreign applicants).
  • Contact details of two academic referees who have taught/supervised the candidate.

Prof M Engelbrecht:


T: +27 51 401 2240 or

Marizanne Cloete: +27 51 401 2592

Katlego Mabulana: +27 51 401 2495
Juanita Hlongwane: +27 51 401 3269

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