Social science postdoc opportunity

Somkhele Research Campus|POSTDOC / Vaccine hesitancy study

Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI) seeks a postdoctoral candidate to work on a new project exploring vaccine hesitancy from the perspective of frontline healthcare workers.


This 12-month postdoctoral position is embedded in a project exploring vaccine hesitancy from the perspective of frontline healthcare workers, titled: Vaccine Hesitancy and online misinformation among health workers: perspectives of the nurses in rural and urban South Africa. The study will be carried out in public and private health settings and will reflect rural, peri-urban and urban settings (Hlabisa, Richards Bay and eThekwini).  It is part of a large global research project, and the incumbent will work collaboratively with colleagues from various institutions and countries including Brazil, Kenya, and the United Kingdom. The project will make use of social science approaches of data collection and analysis, and social media analysis.

Qualifications and experience:

  • PhD in a relevant subject.
  • Experience working within a health care setting would be an advantage
  • Experience with Nvivo, SPSS, STATA or equivalent
  • Ability to prepare results for publication and draft own manuscripts
  • Experience of qualitative research data collection and analysis
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Good interpersonal skills and team orientated

How to apply

Please send a cover letter and CV with the subject listed as ‘Vaccine hesitancy study’ to Closing date is 30 September, 2021.

The salary for this position depends on previous experience and brackets are according to AHRI’s official scheme and NRF grades, which will be without tax deduction due to tax exemption status for postdoctoral fellows.

About Africa Health Research Institute

Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI) is an independent, transdisciplinary scientific research institute based across two campuses in the province of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) in South Africa. AHRI’s vision is optimal health and well-being of under-resourced populations.

AHRI’s research combines population, basic, social, and medical sciences to understand and intervene in the health and well-being of South African communities. The institute works in partnership with local communities and South African academic, governmental and other policy stakeholders. AHRI emphasises training of the next generation of African scientists. AHRI collaborates with over 60 institutions globally.

The work lives of AHRI’s ~500 scientists, students and staff members are driven by our values: ubuntu, transformation, leadership, innovation, excellence, and collaboration.