Research Assistant-UCT Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health

The UCT Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health seeks to appoint a Research Assistant, and invites applications from suitably qualified candidates for immediate appointment for this full-time, 6 month contract position.

Research activities will include – but not be limited to:

  • The Contingency Management study. In this study we evaluate the effectiveness of an 8 week Contingency Management treatment on current methamphetamine users in Cape Town. More details about the rationale for such work can be found on enquiry.


  • Honours degree in in Psychology or another health-related discipline
  • Verbal, written and reading fluency in English
  • Computer literacy, particularly pertaining to Microsoft Office
  • Ability to work independently as well as within a team
  • Valid Driver’s Licence and own reliable transport
  • Driven, self-motivated and dynamic
  • Ability to work with a particularly vulnerable population group

 A Masters degree in Public Health (MPH), PhD in Research/Neuro-/Clinical Psychology and prior experience in clinical research project management (particularly in a psychiatric research setting) will be advantageous.


  • Recruiting of potential candidates for the study from various rehabilitation centres and Mowbray Maternity Hospital
  • Screening of potential candidates for the study (both treatment group and healthy controls)
  • Administer neuropsychological questionnaires
  • Oversee scans for certain participants
  • Assist with data management and statistical analyses
  • Collection of urine samples from participants and candidates

The annual cost of employment between R85,069.50 and R100,081,50 for 6 months.

To apply, please e-mail the below documents in a single pdf file to Miss Lara van Nunen at

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

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and may be required to undergo a competency test.

Telephone:                 021 404 5482              Website:

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