Data Specialist (12 months fixed term contract)
The MRC/Wits Agincourt Research Unit is an exceptional health and population research centre providing an extensive data resource resulting from years of longitudinal health and socio-demographic surveillance. It currently nests a number of observational and intervention studies- all undertaken with an interdisciplinary network of leading international scientists in the Agincourt sub-district in rural north-east South Africa.

Main purpose of the job

To assist MRC/Wits Agincourt Research Unit in realizing its vision by practically partaking in the Unit’s core data section which provides data management and modelling of various projects and report data findings to the Researchers and Students.


Agincourt- Bushbuckridge (Mpumalanga Province)

Key performance areas

To manage data infrastructure To develop software applications Conduct data analysis and extraction Manage the quality of the research data To design and generate data report

Required minimum education and training

Degree in Computer Science or Information Technology Experience with MS SQL Server, MS Access, MS Excel as well as Programming in NET (c#, or any other language. A combination of programming and database development skills. Experience in the use of statistical analysis software packages such as Stata, SAS etc Experience in supporting a research organization

Required minimum work experience

Minimum 1-year experience in Data or IT environment.

Desirable additional education, work experience and personal abilities

Excellent oral and written communication skills High level problem-solving skills and strive to achieve pre-set objectives Good interpersonal skills and ability to follow instructions Ability to work in a multidisciplinary team Self-motivated with high regard for work ethic Ability to work irregular hours Able to maintain confidentiality both on and off duty Knowledge of the Agincourt Health and demographic surveillance system will be an added advantage. Driver’s license

Should you be interested in applying for this vacancy, clearly state which vacancy you are applying for and forward a cover letter outlining your interest and suitability for the position, a detailed CV including three contactable references, certified qualifications and transcripts, certified ID copy and drivers license to: Sibusisiwe Ntuli at

The closing date for all applications is 15 August 2019

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