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RESEARCHER: FREE AND OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE INNOVATION IN AFRICA

Applications for the above post with the University of the Western Cape, starting in December 2004 or January 2005, are invited from suitably qualified and experienced persons. The candidate will be qualified in a social science discipline to research organizational principles and practices for supporting Free Software (open source) development in the context of the AVOIR project.

The AVOIR (African Virtual Open Initiatives and Resources) project is a collaborative initiative among several universities in South Africa, Nigeria, Senegal, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Mozambique, with the project management and research components based at UWC. You will be based at UWC in Cape Town, but will be required to make short trips to the other institutions from time to time. You will be employed within the Free Software Innovation Unit of Information and Communication Services.

Core functions
The successful candidate will research and improve practices within the AVOIR project, conduct research within a knowledge ecology framework using the artefacts produced within the project, including source code, email discussion lists, etc. You may also conduct research on how the AVOIR software is applied in education using data gathered within the software itself. You should be familiar with social network analysis, computer mediated discourse analysis and related techniques, as well as a broad basis of techniques used in social science research. Depending on the outcome of funding, you will also supervise a part-time researcher conducting a study as part of a worldwide research initiative on Free and Open Source Software.

Qualifications
The qualifications are a Doctoral degree (a Masters degree will be considered if the candidate has sufficient experience) in a relevant discipline, a minimum 2 years research experience with conference papers and at least three academic publications in accredited journals.

Application
To apply, please email a covering letter, your CV and the names, email addresses and telephone numbers of at least 3 contactable referees, in assured confidence to Denise Loubser via email at dloubser@uwc.ac.za. Please note that paper applications will not be accepted. Closing date: November 22, 2004. Please CC applications to dkeats@uwc.ac.za

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