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Applications are invited from suitably qualified and experienced persons for the following full-time posts:




 Qualifications and Experience

  • First degree level in any of the following: Social Sciences, Humanities, Economics
  • A Master’s degree in any of the above
  • A PhD in the relevant field
  • A proven record in grant proposal writing
  • At least 3 years’ working experience in a research environment

Duties and Responsibilities

Job Purpose: To undertake independent and/or collaborative research and to lead   on aspects of research strategy within the Centre.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • To independently undertake advanced research in the relevant discipline area using, or developing, the appropriate methods and/or techniques and managing associated staff and/or student contributions to the project.
  • To lead the production of high-quality research reports and/or publications as required by the funding body or for dissemination to the wider academic community
  • To engage in the wider research and scholarly activities of the Centre and contribute to its profile by participating in promotion activity.
  • To participate in internal/external networks for the exchange of information and to form relationships for future research collaboration.
  • To lead and promote activities designed to develop collaborative research with research colleagues and support staff internally and to actively develop appropriate external contacts and networks relevant future collaboration and funding opportunities.
  • To lead bids for major research and/or consultancy projects.
  • To lead relevant meetings associated with the research project or related activities.
  • Carry out any administrative and management work associated with his/her programme of research.
  • Proactively identify opportunities for external funding sources, prepare grant proposals and the assess research findings for potential commercial exploitation.
  • Engage in the dissemination of the results of the research to the relevant research stakeholders in the appropriate form.
  • To undertake any other duties as may be assigned by the head of the Centre.

Knowledge and expertise

  • Demonstrates knowledge of a research discipline and field.
  • Demonstrates the ability to generate new ideas and ability to link and build upon existing ideas to generate unique concepts and solutions.
  • Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of the policy, practices and procedures that are relevant to the role, which may include broader University, sector, and external sponsor or funder policies.
  • Demonstrates an extensive understanding of the national and international context of research.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of the operational and management requirements of a successful research project.
  • Demonstrates evidence of research activity and a commitment to ongoing research and publications.
  • Demonstrates a thorough understanding of the research environment both nationally and internationally and the ability to contribute substantially to grant applications.
  • Demonstrates experience of leading a research team.
  • Demonstrates experience of developing major national/international research projects and bringing them to a successful conclusion.
  • Demonstrates extensive applied research experience in own area of specialisation.
  • Demonstrates good communication, mentoring, and interpersonal skills with the capability of working within a project team to achieve results.


Qualifications and Experience

  • First degree level in any of the following: Social Sciences, Humanities, Economics
  • A Master’s degree in any of the above
  • Willingness to study for a PhD
  • Post qualification working experience in research related activities will be an added advantage.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • To support research activity under the direction of the principal investigator as appropriate to the research project. Responsibilities include:
  • Preparing research/grant proposals;
  • Conducting literature and database searches as required;
  • Collecting and analysing data –preparing questions for survey, finding subjects, ensuring survey is complete, tabulating and summarising data;
  • Maintaining databases, keeping accurate written and computerised records and ensuring data is stored securely;
  • Attending meetings and seminars as required;
  • Preparing reports and papers for meetings, seminars, publication
  • Presenting information on research progress and outcomes as required;
  • Providing administrative support to researchers as required; and
  • Contributing to the planning of future research projects.
  • To plan own day-to-day research activity within the framework of the agreed programme of research and co-ordinate own work with that of others in the group to avoid conflict or duplication of effort.
  • To engage in continuous professional development and to be responsible for continually updating own knowledge and understanding in field of study or specialisation and for developing own skills.
  • To discharge any other job-related duties and responsibilities assigned by the Co-ordinator.

*NB:   Midlands State University is an equal opportunities employer. In the interest of promoting gender parity, female candidates are encouraged to apply.


Applicants must submit certified copies of certificates, transcripts, national identification and Curriculum Vitae giving full personal particulars including full names, date of birth, qualifications, experience, present salary, date of availability, contact details, names and addresses of three referees addressed to the Deputy Registrar – Human Resource

The application pack should be sent as a single merged pdf file to email address: academicrecruitment@staff.msu.ac.zw. The subject line should be labelled with the post being applied for.

This advert will remain active until all the advertised post(s) have been filled. Please note that only short-listed candidates will be communicated to.

To apply for this job email your details to academicrecruitment@staff.msu.ac.zw