22 February 2024

Postdoctoral fellowship opportunity

An opportunity for two postdoctoral fellows at CREST is available for candidates in the field of monitoring and evaluation studies with a focus on the field of education. The postdoctoral fellows will be required to work as part of a team (led by Dr Lauren Wildschut) on projects on education, and education evaluation, and other relevant topics in M&E.


The specific requirements for this position are the following:

  • A PhD received within the last five years.
  • The PhD should be in one of the following disciplines: Evaluation studies, Education, Public Management Policy studies, and Social Sciences in general.
  • Skills in advanced quantitative data analysis (e.g. regression models, cluster analysis, , social network analysis).
  • High proficiency in the latest software both for quantitative and qualitative data analysis.
  • A healthy interest in conducting research and analysis of M&E practices and systems in education in South Africa.
  • Proficiency in scientific writing as demonstrated by published scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals.


The fellowships are tenable for 3 years. An annual performance review will be held, and funding for year 2 and 3 of the fellowship will depend on the satisfactory progress made during the preceding year. The fellowships will be funded by the ZENEX Foundation.



Send a letter of application, accompanied by a comprehensive curriculum vitae, including a list of publications and the names and contact details of at least two referees, to Marthie van Niekerk. Applicants should request their referees to forward confidential reports directly to the same email address by the closing date.

Closing date for application extended to the 19th of April 2024.

Please note that postdoctoral fellows are not appointed as employees, and their fellowships are awarded tax-free. They are therefore not eligible for employee benefits.

The University reserves the right not to fill the positions.

The University reserves the right to investigate qualifications and conduct background checks on all candidates.