Junior Research Fellow (2-year contract), Biomedical Engineering Research Centre

27 Nov 2020 - 13:30

JUNIOR RESEARCH FELLOW (2-year contract)

Biomedical Engineering Research Centre

Department of Human Biology, Faculty of Health Sciences

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The Biomedical Engineering Research Centre within the Department of Human Biology in the Faculty of Health Sciences seeks to employ a Junior Research Fellow to conduct interdisciplinary research in one or more of the areas listed below (project leaders are indicated in brackets).

  • Frameworks to develop and implement low-cost devices for spinal cord rehabilitation (Dr Yumna Albertus)
  • Multi-channel surface electromyography to evaluate pathological neuromuscular activation patterns in patients with stroke and spinal cord injury (Dr Yumna Albertus)
  • Design, implementation and evaluation of a secure digital health testbed based on 5G mobile network technology (Prof. Tania Douglas)
  • Physical cellular biomarkers to advance diagnosis of and therapy for cancers prevalent in Africa (Prof. Thomas Franz)
  • 3D reconstruction of articulating statistical shape and intensity models from 2D X-ray images (Dr Tinashe Mutsvangwa)
  • Machine learning for cross-modality 3D image synthesis (Dr Tinashe Mutsvangwa)

The incumbent is expected to develop the following capabilities during their tenure: securing research funding; developing international research partnerships, collaborations and network ties; undertaking independent research; and mentoring postgraduate students. Candidates who are committed to establishing academic or research careers in Africa are encouraged to apply.

Applicants who are South African citizens and citizens of other African countries will be considered. The latter should be in possession of a valid work permit.


  • A PhD in a field related to the above research areas.
  • A maximum of 5 years of relevant post-PhD experience.
  • A track record of publications related to the research areas outlined above.
  • Ability to work in an interdisciplinary environment.
  • Experience in postgraduate student mentorship.

In addition to the above, the following would be advantageous

  • Experience in writing research grant proposals.
  • Evidence of independent conceptualisation and leadership of research projects.
  • At least 2 years of postdoctoral experience.


  • Independent interdisciplinary research in one or more of the areas outlined above.
  • Publishing research findings and delivering seminar and conference presentations.
  • Conceptualising and preparing funding proposals for local and international funding agencies.
  • Co-supervision of postgraduate students.
  • Providing research support in areas of expertise.
  • Research administration.
  • Contributing to the activities of the Department of Human Biology.

The annual remuneration package for this full-time contract position is R651,323.

To apply, please e-mail the documents below in a single pdf file clearly indicating “BME Junior Research Fellow” in the subject line to

  • UCT Application Form (download at
  • A one page letter of motivation that includes a statement of your research interests
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)

An application that does not comply with the above requirements will be regarded as incomplete. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Closing date: 11 December 2020.

UCT reserves the right not to appoint.