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). PhD Intern in the Science in Society UnitCape Town or Pretoria to be basedX 1 Position3 - year contract appointmentRef No: IM/PhD/0721The Impact Centre seeks to appoint one PhD Research Intern who has studied and has an interest in the fields of research impact, science communication, the public understanding of science, science policy, or innovation systems. The Research Trainee Programme in the HSRC provides the successful candidate with an opportunity to further develop their research expertise by working with subject experts and project specialists. The research trainee experience is intensive and requires a mature individual who is able to work independently as well as in a team. The successful individual will be required to balance day to day duties and responsibilities in the Impact Centre and the HSRC with PhD related work and complete their PhD qualification within 3 years. Key Responsibilities:Working as required on all aspects of research impact, science communication, the public understanding of science, science policy, or innovation systems, which includes research projects, technical advisory to government, dissemination of results at various fora, and stakeholder engagements; Writing reports, fact sheets and policy briefs from survey work and other projects; Making demonstrable progress towards the achievement of a Doctoral degree; Producing peer-reviewed research articles that appear in accredited journals; Writing up research results for workshops/conferences/presentations; Developing their own personal academic competencies through formal and informal training activities; andCompilation of all specific duties and deliverables assigned in an individual performance based contract.
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