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  • Posted: Nov 24, 2021
    Deadline: Not specified
  • The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is one of the leading scientific and technology research, development and implementation organisations in Africa. Constituted by an Act of Parliament in 1945 as a science council, the CSIR undertakes directed and multidisciplinary research, technological innovation as well as industrial and scientific...
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    Researcher: Civil Engineer

    The CSIR has a vacancy for a Researcher in the Water Centre Area, within the Smart Places cluster. The incumbent will be responsible for leading and conducting research projects in the field of civil engineering in water and wastewater infrastructure.This position is based in Pretoria.

    For more info about the impact area or cluster, please visit

    Key responsibilities:

    • Conceptualise, guide and manage R&D projects within the water value-chain infrastructure. 

    • Understand and analyse real world problems and user requirements, select from a range of proposed conceptual solutions, formulate key research questions and appropriate R&D approaches

    • Undertake research in the development and application of hydraulic models in active water network schemes

    • Utilize standard software for design, assessment, optimization, re-engineering of water and wastewater infrastructure

    • Manage project life cycle, technical resources, scheduling of activities to meet client expectations, balancing competing demands on scope, time, cost and quality.

    • Develop proposals for different institutions in order to generate appropriate funds to pursue the strategic objectives of the CSIR.

    • Engage with research programs and researchers to identify and grow opportunities to expand research endeavours and strengthen science at national and international level. 

    • Network with peers in the fields of expertise within and outside the CSIR;

    • Engage with clients and industry partners to develop long term relationships

    • Generate research papers, reports, reviews and summaries

    • Manage and ensure the development of self and interns through coaching, mentoring, work assignment, structured training and appropriate supervision in order to maximise human potential in line with the needs of the organisation and the national system of innovation

    Qualifications, skills and experience:

    • A degree or equivalent in Civil engineering with a minimum of five years’ experience in the field of water engineering;

    • Knowledge and understanding of hydraulic modelling is essential;

    • Knowledge of civil/water engineering practice and understanding of the water value chain infrastructure;

    • Proven track record in project management and research project leadership;

    • Excellent English communication, presentation and writing skills, including the publication of technical outputs;

    • Ability to work independently as well as in teams;

    • Computer (MS software), programming skills

    • Problem-solving, solution-seeking orientation;

    • Ability to network and proactively establish and maintain links with internal and external stakeholders and clients as well as the research community;

    • Professional registration with ECSA will be an added advantage

    • Must have a valid driver’s licence.

    Method of Application

    Note: Never pay for any training, certificate, assessment, or testing to the recruiter.

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