Wits Health Consortium has a vacancy for a Data Systems Intern

Job Summary

Applications are open for the Wits Health Consortium Data Systems Internship for 2024. This is a 12-month Internship.

Closing date: 25 January 2024

Advert reference number: Data Systems Intern.

Location: Sydney Brenner Institute for Molecular Bioscience (SBIMB) – 9 Jubilee Road Parktown, Johannesburg.

Main purpose of the job

A full-time dedicated systems administrator is required to keep the system (Wits cluster) well maintained and assist researchers and students with accessing various data sets on the server and conducting analyses; installing and configuring software, hardware and networks; monitoring system performance
and troubleshooting issues and ensuring security and efficiency of the systems infrastructure.

Key performance areas

  • Upgrade systems with new releases and models
  • Monitor performance and maintain systems according to requirements
  • Diagnose and troubleshoot technical issues.
  • Liaise with new users and orientate them to the cluster
  • Set up user account and provide SOP for general use
  • Take ownership and accountability for tasks and demonstrate effective self management.
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  • Follow through to ensure that quality and productivity standards of own work are consistently and
    accurately maintained.
  • Maintain a positive attitude and respond openly to feedback.
  • Take ownership for driving own career development by participating in ongoing training and
    development activities such as workshops, forums, conferences etc.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Minimum tertiary qualification (Honour’s or Master’s degree) in IT, Computer science or the equivalent.
  • No work experience required however experience in databases and programming, preferably in a research
    environment will be an added advantage.

Skills and Attributes

  • Demonstrated systems/network administration and programming experience.
  • Ability to create scripts in Python or other language.
  • Working knowledge of databases, networks (LAN, WAN) and patch management
  • Knowledge of system security and data backup/recovery
  • Familiar with various operating systems and platforms
  • REDCap experience will be an advantage.

How to Apply

Should you be interested in applying for this vacancy, please send an email to

The subject heading of the email must read Data Systems Intern and the job title of position applying for.

Please include the following documentation:

  • A cover letter (maximum one page) that clearly states which vacancy you are applying for
  • A detailed CV
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Careers at Wits Health Consortium

Wits Health Consortium (Pty) Limited (“WHC“) is a wholly owned company of the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (University) established to serve as a legal entity through which the University, and primarily the Faculty of Health Sciences, can conduct contract or sponsored research, entrepreneurial and philanthropic funded activities and services (including clinical services).

In our two decades of operating, WHC has established a world-wide reputation for responsibly managing sponsor and commercially funded activities worth over USD72 million annually.

In accordance with our Employment Equity goals and plan, preference will be given to suitable applicants from designated groups as defined in the Employment Equity Act 55 of 1998 and subsequent amendments thereto.


  • Itumeleng Tladi

    Itumeleng teaches high school Mathematics in Groote Schuur. In addition to curating career opportunities on, Itumeleng mentors a community group of youth in STEAM. At chess, he's Western Cape's best.

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