University of Cape Town Government Vacancies 2022 : RESEARCH (MEDICAL) OFFICER

University of Cape Town Government Vacancies 2022 : RESEARCH (MEDICAL) OFFICER 


The Division of Allergology and Clinical Immunology at the Department of Medicine, University of Cape Town, requires
applications for a Research Medical Officer on a Part-time (20-25 hours) Fixed Term Contract based at Walter
Sisulu University (Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital, Mthatha, Eastern Cape).

Together with the Division of Dermatology, the Division of Allergology and Immunology at the Department of Medicine,
University of Cape Town has established a team to develop a registry and biorepository of African HIV-related
Immune-Mediated Adverse Drug Reactions (IM-ADRs),most notably Severe Cutaneous Adverse Drug Reactions
(SCAR). The purpose of this team is to define the epidemiology of treatment-limiting SCAR in SA through the
expansion of a registry and biorepository of African-HIV related SCAR, to define genetic risk of these patients through
clinical research and laboratory investigations and to determine the long-term health outcomes of SCAR patients.
These aims are to be approached through the IMARI Study, Immune-mediated adverse drug reactions to HIV and TB
treatments in South Africa: predict, prevent and improve long-term outcomes. A partnership with Walter Sisulu
University has enabled expansion of the project to additional sites including Nelson Mandela Academic, Frere and
Cecilia Makiwane Hospitals, Eastern Cape
The successful incumbent will be working be a part of this team and will be primarily based at Walter Sisulu University
(Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital, Mthatha). Travel for collaboration and research activities at East London sites
including Frere andf Cecilia Makiwane Hospitals is also required.

Minimum Requirements:

• MBChB Degree
• Registration with Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA)
• Based in Mthatha or surrounds or willingness to relocate
• Keen interest in Clinical Research (particularly Allergy, Immunology and Dermatology)
• Computer skills (MS Office including Excel)
• Valid Driver’s License

Additional Preferable Requirements/skills:

• Valid Good Clinical Practice (GCP) Certification or willingness to attain
• Relevant clinical research experience as sub-investigator or principal investigator (preferable)
• Current knowledge of principles and practices of Clinical Research and Good Clinical Practice Standards
• Leadership experience, program management and organisational skills
• Manuscript writing experience
• Own transport
• Bilingual (English and isiXhosa or Afrikaans)

Responsibilities include (but not limited to):

• Screening, consent, documentation and collection of samples for study participants
• Data collection/documentation of information from existing records and patient interviews.
• Providing clinical services to patients enrolled in research.
• Interface with site clinical and trial staff and regulatory personnel
• Taking care of the patients during their active treatment and follow up period
• Develop acceptable standards in clinical service delivery of disability and outpatient care
• Provide medical expertise to improve and enhance research nurse-related patient care.
• Ensure fair and ethical treatment of all patients involved in research.
• Taking care of the patients during their active treatment and follow up period.
• Collecting, compiling and analysis of patient’s data
• Reporting and presentation of data to key stakeholders
• Ensure proper maintenance of Patient records, and data management including entry of data into electronic
database (RedCap)
• Ensure that the study patient case record forms and clinical documentation meets good clinical practice standards
• Travel between Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital, Mthatha and Frere and Cecilia Makiwane Hospitals, East
• Support and collaboration with East London study sites including regular site visits.
• Travel locally and overseas for research-related meetings
Additional Information:
• Working hours: 20-25 hours per week, Monday to Friday
• 12-month Fixed Term Contract
• Please note that research staff will have exposure to COVID19 patients during work in the hospital. We therefore
cannot accept those categorised as high risk for COVID19.

The annual cost of employment is between R410 603 and R513 253

To apply, please e-mail the documents listed below in a single pdf file to:

• UCT Application Form (download at
• Cover letter, and
• Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Please ensure the title and reference number are indicated in the subject line.
An application which does not comply with the above requirements will be regarded as incomplete.
Telephone: 021 650 2210

Reference number: E22101
Closing date: 28 February 2022

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Should you not receive a response within 30 days of the closing date,
please consider your application unsuccessful.

UCT is a designated employer and is committed to the pursuit of excellence, diversity and redress in achieving its
equity targets in accordance with the Employment Equity Plan of the University and its Employment Equity goals and
targets. Preference will be given to candidates from the under-represented designated groups. Our Employment Equity
Policy is available at
UCT reserves the right not to appoint.

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