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Opportunities at the University of Venda
6 March 2015

UNIVEN intend to recruit highly qualified candidates who will aid in the smooth , efficient and effective running of the Directorate of Research and Innovation.


Duties: The Postgraduate Officer will manage the day-to-day administration of postgraduate activities; Assist with the coordination, monitoring and promotion of the quality of postgraduate studies and to ensure consistency in the application of postgraduate rules across the schools; Compile and prepare University Higher degrees Committee minutes and agenda; Serve as secretariat of the higher Degrees Committee. He/she will liaise with the Post graduate Committee of the SRC on matters related to postgraduate studies. The postgraduate officer will also undertake any other duties assigned by the line manager.

Requirements: A relevant degree with at least four years' relevant working experience in a research office preferably of a Research Institution, or a University. Good understanding of the objective of Postgraduate Studies within the University. Good interpersonal and communication skills, financial processing, knowledge of standard office procedures; good public relations; data management; stakeholder management and above average computer skills (MSWord, PowerPoint, Excel).


Duties: To coordinate, administer and monitor externally funded projects in the directorate of Research and Innovation. The Research Coordinator will be expected to manage Univen Research outputs, by liaising with academics and active researchers; sending out calls for submission of research outputs, updating list of accredited journals and compiling Univen research outputs (RO) for submission to DHET. He/she will also be expected to manage Research Information Management System (RIMS). The Research coordinator will also be expected to coordinate workshops, seminars and colloquia to assist researchers with specific calls of strategic importance to UNIVEN. He/she will also be expected to work with all National Research Councils and international funding agencies on Univen Research activities. He/she will source out funding opportunities for academics, active researchers and students, monitor and evaluate funded research projects, and coordinate the Intellectual Property & NIPMO, WIPO requirements/IPR ACT.

Requirements: A relevant Master's degree with at least five years' relevant working experience in a research office preferably of a Research Institution or University. Interpersonal and Communication, Financial processing, Data management and Programme management. Ability to use computers and computer systems including MSWord, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Internet Explorer, ITS, Knowledge of the NRF Online submission system and knowledge of international funding system. Knowledge of standard office procedures and good public relations.

Closing date: 20 March 2015.

For full details and how to apply: Visit

Written Applications: The Director HR, University of Venda, Private Bag, X5050, Thohoyandou, 0950 or e-mail: An equal opportunity employer committed to the principles of Employment Equity, promotion of Affirmative Action and Gender Equity. Applicants not corresponded with within 2 months of the closing date, to please consider their application as unsuccessful. The University reserves the right not to make an appointment. Candidates with foreign qualifications will be required to have their qualifications evaluated by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) before they assume duty.

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