Postdoctoral Vacancy: TB Vaccine Trial Immunology

6 Apr 2018 - 15:00


The South African Tuberculosis Vaccine Initiative invites applications for a postdoctoral fellowship within this dynamic clinical immunology group to conduct research on immunology of TB vaccines. The South African Tuberculosis Vaccine Initiative, is housed within the UCT Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine at the UCT Faculty of Health Sciences. Closing date 15 May 2018.

The South African Tuberculosis Vaccine Initiative 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

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


  • Experience with clinical trials and good clinical practice
  • Flow cytometry experience
  • Excellent knowledge of adaptive and innate immunity
  • 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