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Position: RESEARCH NURSE (Payclass 08; 1-Year Contract)

Contract Term: Pay class 08; 1-Year Contract

Application closing date: 15 January 2024

Annual Cost of Employment: Between R300,000 and R462,822.


The UCT Child Development Research Laboratory (CDRL) invites applications from suitably qualified candidates to fill a Research Nurse post on a 1-year full-time contract. The CDRL in the Division of Biomedical Engineering of the Department of Human Biology studies the effects of prenatal exposure to toxins on infant and child development. We are seeking an experienced, dynamic individual to work on a double-blind, randomized controlled trial of a nutritional supplement in pregnant women. Although the contract will initially be for 1 year, there is potential of renewal for a further 2 to 3 years.


  • NQF7 (Nursing Degree equivalent) qualification

  • 3 years of experience working as a clinical nurse, including

  • At least 1 year working in a setting with obstetric care, with midwife experience, as well as recognizing and addressing obstetric emergencies

  • Experience interpreting maternal case records

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

  • Strong decision-making skills

  • Administrative and data entry experience

  • Valid current South African Nursing Council (SANC) Registration

  • Fluency in English and Afrikaans

  • Driver’s license and access to personal car


  • Knowledge of Good Clinical Practice (GCP) procedures

  • Research training and/or experience

  • Experience working in a public hospital setting

  • Basic Life Support training

  • Integrated Management of Child Illness training

  • Experience working in a paediatric setting


Ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements, GCP and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), you will work with a diverse clinical research team to help ensure the project is delivered within budget and on time, including:

  • Clinical trial nursing

  • Clinical trial administration, including data recording

  • Participant recruitment & enrolment

  • Maternal interviews

  • Anthropometry and blood pressure measurements

  • Phlebotomy and blood specimen handling

  • Medical record reviews

  • Counselling participants in adherence to the trial protocol

  • General research-related tasks

To apply, please e-mail the below documents in a single pdf file to

- UCT Application Form (download at

- Letter of motivation that speaks to the specific requirements of the position

- Curriculum vitae (CV)

- Proof of SANC registration

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

An application that does not comply with the above requirements will be regarded as incomplete. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and may be required to undergo an assessment.

Reference number: E231222

“UCT is a designated employer and is committed to the pursuit of excellence, diversity, and redress in achieving its equity targets in accordance with the Employment Equity Plan of the University and its Employment Equity goals and targets. Preference will be given to candidates from the under-represented designated groups. Our Employment Equity Policy is available at “

UCT reserves the right not to appoint.


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