The Noakes Foundation is Hiring: Research Manager


The Noakes Foundation is looking for a World Class Research Manager to help change the future of human health


The Noakes Foundation is looking for a full time PhD or post PhD Medical Doctor, Biological Science or similar graduate to be a part of its mission to challenge conventional teachings in nutrition and health by undertaking sound, relevant research into the human condition. (Exceptional masters candidates may also apply for this role provided they have practical experience). This person is likely to be a bright future mind prepared to think independently.  The successful candidate will be working with the Foundation’s team, reporting to the general manager of the Foundation with a focus on medical and community research. We support and fund free thinking researchers and studies that would not necessarily be funded by traditional research funders that are reliant on the current model of diagnostic and pharma-funded medicine. 


As part of our objectives to do ongoing and Living Research into the various aspects of the human biological condition, driven by some critical questions that we seek to answer in relation to a Low Carbohydrate/LCHF/VLCHF diet, the Foundation is recruiting a full time researcher to perform the following, amongst other tasks: 


  • Manage, conduct and report on research projects at a high and implementation level for both university-funded and privately-funded studies 
  • Oversee and direct the data integrity and research aspect of the Foundation’s community studies, Eat Better South Africa
  • Oversee and manage the implementation of the anecdotal and Living Research platforms set up by The Noakes Foundation to integrate data and use cutting edge analytical tools to best merge and integrate various data sets
  • Oversee and support data integration of a nutrition network being created for doctors and medical practitioners 
  • Apply for and obtain ethics approval for a variety of diverse studies the Foundation is and plans to conduct
  • Manage and contribute towards the planning of research studies funded by and commissioned to the Foundation to undertake, working with different researchers and teams to budget for optimal time and result efficiency 
  • Oversee the implementation and budget of a diabetes patient-product trial  
  • A commitment to and understanding of up to date online research tools and products in the medical sector 
  • Budget oversight and management of the projects in the researcher’s portfolio 
  • Proven track record, if possible, of administering projects to time and budget with impressive results 


Key skills for the role

  • In depth knowledge of human biology and metabolic processes and a thorough understanding of the dynamics relating to a LCHF/Keto diet as well as the current research and research needs in this field 
  • An understanding of diabetes, insulin resistance and obesity and modern research and the debate around dietary guidelines 
  • An understanding and ability to talk about the issues relating to chronic disease, diabesity and dietary economics in the world
  • Knowledge of the key players in the Low Carbohydrate field and an understanding of the landscape of this discipline
  • An insight or interest in sustainability  
  • Ability to give talks, debate, engage with media where necessary 
  • Diplomacy and integrity – an understanding of the complexities in current medical diagnostics relating to pharma funding and a commitment to integrity in medical practices 
  • Ideas and insights into what the future of healthcare in the world will be and how this ties into sustainability and realistic systemic changes 
  • A passion for truth, knowledge and equality 


Please send your CV and a motivational letter to by the 20th February. We regret that if you have not heard back from us by the 1 March, your application was unsuccessful, but we are likely to keep your details on record for future roles.

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