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The IDM is seeking a Research Enterprise Manager to provide high-level research management and administrative support, a full-time, permanent position.

The Research Enterprise Manager will be based within the IDM Directorate, and will report to the Director and interact closely with various Institute Committees, Subcommittees and task teams.

Requirements include:
* PhD degree in a relevant discipline in the health or biological sciences
* At least 5 years' project or programme management experience in an academic, research or related institution
* Excellent written and oral communication skills

For information on the responsibilities with this position as well as the application process see the attached.

Closing date: 2nd March 2018


University of Aberdeen AFGrica Unit at the IDM, University of Cape Town

The University of Aberdeen AFGrica Unit, based in the Division of Medical Microbiology and IDM at the University of Cape Town, is the world's first international research Centre for tackling fungal infections on the African continent.

The incumbent will be appointed to Lecturer or Senior Lecturer level, and must have a track record of research in the field.


  • MD/MBBCh or PhD in Microbiology, Immunology, or other relevant discipline 
  • At least 3 years of postdoctoral experience with some in the field of Medical Mycology 
  • Track record of peer-reviewed publications in international journals
  • Experience in (co)-supervision of postgraduate students and/or junior staff 

Closing date for applications: 28 February 2018 

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Postdoctoral fellows

Interested applicants are invited to seek a host via the Members of the IDM. Contact details are provided online. Please provide a full academic CV when first enquiring.

Note the UCT Guidelines for other general information, which apply for any postdoctoral fellow appointed in the IDM.



Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP in the UCT HIV-TB Immunology Group - a group of the Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine (IDM), UCT.

This is an opportunity to be part of an exciting, active research team involved in understanding aspects of HIV pathogenesis. The successful applicant will be involved in conducting research within the two areas that the lab focuses on, namely investigating cellular mechanisms contributing to the development of broadly neutralizing antibodies in HIV infection, as well as studying HIV-TB co-infection, and how HIV affects the immune response to TB.

Requirements include principally:

  • A PhD in immunology or related area; having obtained their PhD degree within 5 years and have not held any permanent academic or professional posts.
  • Relevant experience in an immunology laboratory, including working with clinical samples
  • Experience in advanced flow cytometry
  • Knowledge of HIV and TB desirable

Due date for applications: ongoing, when filled

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Postgraduate studies

Applications for postgraduate degrees are made through UCT; for more information see here.

Interested applicants for research-based postgraduate degrees are invited to seek a supervisor for their Masters or PhD degrees, via Members of the IDM. Members are either based within the Faculty of Science or (predominantly) within the Faculty of Health Sciences at UCT. Contact details for each Member are provided online.

PhD Studentships offered

Through National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Global Health Research Unit on Mucosal Pathogens (MPRU) at the University College London.
The NIHR recently established a Global Health Research Unit on Mucosal Pathogens (MPRU) at UCL, supporting research to combat pneumonia, meningitis & sepsis in lower and middle income countries (LMICs). The MPRU will award four PhD studentships to outstanding candidates from African LMICs in 2017/ 2018 which includes South African citizens. Successful students will be based at world-leading centres in Africa with periods of training in the UK.
Eligibility and application details:
Deadline for applications: 1st March 2018

MSc and PhD (Human Genetics) Scholarships offered

Available under the project “Targeted next generation sequencing panel design for South Africans with inherited retinal diseases (IRDs)”. The students will be studying under the supervision of Prof Raj Ramesar and co-supervision of Dr Lisa Roberts. 

The focus of these studies will be to investigate the spectrum of genes underlying IRDs in southern Africa. Experience required includes techniques routinely used in molecular biology, including DNA extraction, optimizing and troubleshooting PCR, gel electrophoresis and direct sequencing. A good understanding of bioinformatics is also necessary.

Due date for applications 8th March 2018.
Further information attached.


Further enquiries to any of the opportunities as listed above can also be made via
Dr Heather Davies-Coleman, IDM Research Administration Manager: