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 [email protected]

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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