Research Integrity Officer

South Africa
Feb 05, 2019
Feb 20, 2019
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
Stellenbosch University

Division for Research Development

Research Integrity Officer

(Ref. ANO/010/0119)


The Division for Research Development is tasked with the advancement, facilitation and support of research and postgraduate studies at Stellenbosch University (SU). This includes the formulation and implementation of policies and guidelines related to internationally benchmarked compliancy requirements for research, as well as those which serve to foster good practice and enhance competitiveness.



  • Formulating and revising policies and procedures to govern responsible conduct of research;
  • Promoting and raising awareness of responsible conduct of research within the University;
  • Facilitating compliance with research ethics standards, legal requirements, funding agency requirements and SU policies;
  • Providing expert advice on the implementation of systems to facilitate, monitor and improve ethics processes;
  • Providing research ethics training, discussion forums, colloquia and workshops for ethics committee members and researchers at all levels and in all disciplines within the University;
  • Receiving any allegations of breach of research norms and standards at SU and initiating and coordinating the procedure for investigating any such allegations;
  • Representing the University on external research integrity and research ethics forums.


Job Requirements:

  • A postgraduate qualification in Applied Ethics or equivalent field;
  • Research ethics and research administration experience and at least five years' appropriate senior management experience in a Higher Education or related environment;
  • A thorough comprehension of current issues in responsible conduct of research, both locally and internationally;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Excellent policy formulation, analytical and problem-solving skills.



  • A doctoral degree in Applied Ethics or equivalent field, or a legal qualification;
  • Research experience, either in a specific discipline or in the research ethics field;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the ethical complexities of large, cross-boundary research projects.

Enquiries regarding job content: Mrs.Maléne Fouché on 021 808 4622, or at

Enquiries regarding remuneration/benefits as well as technical assistance with the electronic application process: Human Resources Client

Commencement date: 1 April 2019

Closing date: 20 February 2019

The University will consider all applications in terms of its Employment Equity Plan, which acknowledges the need to diversify the demographic composition of the staff corps, especially with regard to the appointment of suitable candidates from the designated groups. The University reserves the right not to make an appointment.

Your application, comprising a comprehensive curriculum vitae (including the names and e-mail address of at least three referees), must reach the University before or on the closing date of the advertised post.

Candidates may be subjected to appropriate psychometric testing and other selection instruments. The University reserves the right to investigate qualifications and conduct background checks on all candidates. Should no feedback be received from the University within four weeks of the closing date, kindly accept that your application did not succeed.