Chief Research Specialist
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.The Impact Centre draws on diverse perspectives, skills and partnerships to generate, measure and communicate impactful research on critical challenges facing South Africa and the world.In fulfilling the HSRCs public good mandate, the Impact Centre will conduct rigorous, creative and relevant impact research for the public good; conduct large-scale quantitative and representative surveys that are the basis for complex data analytics, modelling and simulations and leverage a wide range of expertise, convene multi-stakeholder forums, promote and produce evidence-informed understanding on impact.The focus of the Science in Society unit is to undertake research about the science/society interface, and to generate knowledge resources and tools to build the HSRCs impact capabilities. Knowledge resources include databases, research outputs, expertise, and new ideas about impact in the social sciences and humanities generally, and also as relevant to the HSRC. The unit undertakes both research and praxis, which form a mutually reinforcing knowledge and skills base. Research requires a multi-disciplinary approach that encompasses, inter-alia, scholarship related to impact assessment, the research/policy nexus, and science communication. Praxis includes the development of the HSRCs Policy Briefs, management of the HSRC Seminar series, and the implementation of a formal research/policy engagement structure (the Policy Action Network). Chief Research Specialist the Science in Society Unit NationwideX 1 Position5- year contract appointmentRef No: IM/CRS/0721The Impact Centre seeks to appoint a Chief Research Specialist on a 5-year contract. We are looking for an accomplished candidate with experience of policy-relevant research to support the work programme in the science in society unit and the Impact Centre as a whole. The level of the appointment will depend on the mix of qualifications and experience of the successful candidate. Key Responsibilities:Develop a programme of work in the Science in Society unit in research impact, science communication, the public understanding of science, science policy, and innovation systems;Build visible national, continental and international research partnerships that result in collaborative and multidisciplinary studies and high quality publications;Develop opportunities for fund raising to support your programme of work; Conduct good quality research, analysis and evaluation (using qualitative and/or quantitative methodologies) that has both strategic and policy relevance;Network with major users and funders of social science research to understand their research needs;Design programmes for problem-oriented interdisciplinary research;Manage research teams and large scale long term research projects;Deliver high-quality results and reports to budget and deadline;Communicate research findings and publishing in refereed journals;Build national and international research links; andMentor junior researchers
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