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There are no vacancies advertised through this forum at present.

See the UCT website for available opportunities.


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 to any postdoctoral fellow appointed in the IDM.



The South African Tuberculosis Vaccine Initiative [SATVI, based in the IDM] performs cutting edge clinical, epidemiological and immunological research in clinical vaccine development, TB pathogenesis and biomarker discovery in a setting where TB is endemic. We have completed 24 clinical trials of nine novel TB vaccine candidates as well as BCG vaccine. 

We are inviting applications for a postdoctoral fellowship within our dynamic clinical immunology group to conduct research on immunology of TB vaccines. The project responsibilities will entail design, execution, quality assurance, analysis, interpretation and reporting of immunological outcomes of human clinical trials of novel TB vaccines. The position will be located in Cape Town and will require regular visits to our Clinical Field Site in Worcester, 110km from Cape Town. The position will provide opportunities to work in collaboration with local and global leaders in vaccinology, statistics, systems biology and specialist innate and T cell immunologists. 

The amount awarded to the successful incumbent will be valued between R300,000 and R370,000 and will depend on relevant experience and skills.  
For more information on SATVI, visit

The candidate should have a PhD degree within the previous 5 years and should not have held any prior permanent professional or academic positions. The fellowship is initially tenable for one year with potential for extended periods, depending on availability of continued funding and on the performance of the candidate.

Key requirements 
Ÿ PhD in immunology, or related field; Ÿ Excellent leadership and communication skills; Ÿ Successful scientific writing skills; Ÿ Excellent presentation skills; Ÿ Good knowledge of the research process; Ÿ Excellent organisational skills

Ÿ Experience with clinical trials and good clinical practice; Ÿ Flow cytometry experience;Ÿ Excellent knowledge of adaptive and innate immunity;Ÿ Excellent knowledge of statistics.

The successful incumbent must be prepared to comply with the University’s approved policies, procedures and practices for the postdoctoral sector. Potential applicants are encouraged to contact Assoc. Prof. Thomas Scriba, Deputy-Director Immunology, by e-mail: prior to application.

Please send: • a letter of motivation • your full CV (no certificates) • a 1-page condensed CV • the names, email and telephone of 3 referees to Mrs. Alison September.
Email:; Tel: 021 4066791 by no later than 15 May 2018.

The University of Cape Town reserves the right to: • disqualify ineligible, incomplete and/or inappropriate applications, • change the conditions of award or to make no awards at all 


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

More information »



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

None advertised at present.

MSc Studentships offered

None advertised at present.


Further enquiries to any of the opportunities as listed above can also be made via
Ms Andruween Kadalie:


External opportunities

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African Career Accelerator Awards

The Crick African Network has opened its call for applications for the African Career Accelerator Awards.

Call status: Open
First stage: Mandatory Expression of Interest. Deadline: 23:59 (British Summer Time/GMT +1) on 1st July 2018

The Crick African Network’s African Career Accelerator (CAN ACA) awards will provide Fellowship support for African Post-Doctoral researchers aiming to make the transition to becoming an independent researcher and launching their own research group. The CAN ACA awards will invest in early-career researchers who have demonstrated strong scientific and leadership potential, as well as a commitment to continuing their research on the African continent. This call is made possible by funding from the UK’s Global Challenges Research Fund.

For more information and to apply, visit African Career Accelerator Awards or email For UCT-specific queries, email

The Crick African Network is a partnership between five African institutes, including the University of Cape Town, and The Francis Crick Institute.

Call summary

Call Opens: Monday 23rd April 2018

The Expression of Interest Form is a mandatory stage

Deadline for Expression of Interest form is 1st July 2018

Online Portal for full applications opens 23rd May 2018

Deadline for full applications is 1st August 2018