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Call for Applications: Post-doctoral Fellow (Public Mental Health)

The vision of the CPMH is to be a collaborative inter-institutional multi-disciplinary centre that conducts high quality research on public mental health, and uses evidence for teaching, consultancy and advocacy to promote mental health in Africa.

Purpose: This fellowship offers a candidate the opportunity to gain skills in public mental health research as part of a multidisciplinary study team. The candidate will be required to analyse secondary quantitative and qualitative data from intervention studies with adolescents and mental health service delivery, under the supervision of Prof Katherine Sorsdahl. Knowledge of professional counselling and experience working with adolescents is required.

Conditions: The successful incumbent will be required to:

  • Register as a post-doctoral fellow at the Centre for Public Mental Health in the Department of Psychiatry & Mental Health at the University of Cape Town
  • Applicants must have submitted their PhD thesis by the application deadline or have completed their PhD within the last 5 years.
  • Applicants should not be registered for study towards any degree at the time of assuming the fellowship.
  • The fellowship is compliant with the rules and policies of the South African Revenue Service (SARS) and is therefore exempt from tax

There are no fringe benefits. The successful candidate is responsible for his or her own medical aid and insurance arrangements.

Value & Tenure of Fellowship: The value of the Fellowship is R350 000 and is tenable for one year.

Academic Criteria:  Applicants requires a PhD in a foundational discipline relevant to public mental health (e.g. psychology, public health, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, social work). Professional counselling experience in the South African care setting would be an advantage. Applicants should have strong interpersonal skills and be able to work in a collaborative fashion as part of a multi­disciplinary team.

Application Requirements: Interested applicants should contact Prof. Katherine Sorsdahl @

Deadline for Applications:  Friday 8 January 2021.

The University of Cape Town reserves the right:

To disqualify ineligible, incomplete and/or inappropriate applications, to change the conditions of award and/ or to make no award at all.



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New Vacancy: Senior Lecturer

The Alan J Flisher Centre for Public Mental Health in the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health is seeking to appoint a part-time (20 hours per week) Senior Lecturer to support the MPhil in Public Mental Health, and to conduct other postgraduate supervision in the Centre. The MPhil students attend coursework in research methodology for 3 weeks in January-February each year, after which they return to their home countries to conduct their research under supervision. This will be a 3-year fixed term contract.


  • A PhD degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. psychology, public health, social science).
  • Skilled in both qualitative and quantitative research methods.
  • At least 3 years of experience working in public health or mental health research in low resource settings.
  • Experience of student teaching and supervision at Masters level.
  • Evidence of a publication record in peer-reviewed academic journals.

Experience in supervising at a PhD level would be an advantage.


  • Coordinate the annual recruitment and selection of students for the MPhil in Public Mental Health.
  • Coordinate the teaching for the coursework component of the MPhil programme
  • Distance supervision and support for students in the MPhil programme in their home countries, including providing oversight of protocol development, literature reviews, data collection, analysis and write-up for publication.
  • Supervision of Doctoral students
  • Facilitating collegial relations and team building both at UCT and internationally.

The annual remuneration package, including benefits, is negotiable between R289 509 and R417 359 (50% FTE).

Click here to download the full job description.

To apply, please forward the below documents in a single pdf file to Ms Vathiswa Mbangi at
– UCT Application Form (download at
– Cover letter and Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Please ensure the title and reference number are indicated in the subject line.

An application which does not comply with the above requirements will be regarded as incomplete.

Telephone: 021 650 3003
Reference number: E19236
Closing date: 05 July 2019

UCT is committed to the pursuit of excellence, diversity and redress. Our Employment Equity Policy is available at

For this post we seek particularly to attract Black (i.e. African, Coloured and Indian) South African candidates.

UCT reserves the right not to appoint.