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  • Posted: Mar 26, 2020
    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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    Senior Researcher: Transport Engineering/Planning

    About The Job

    The CSIR has a vacancy for a Senior Researcher: Transport Engineering/Planning in the Transport Management, Design and Systems Research Group, within the Smart Mobility Cluster. The incumbent will provide technical leadership on projects and programmes in areas that include public transport service design, multi-modal transport modelling, intelligent transport systems, and financing of transport systems. This position is based in Pretoria.
    For more information about the impact area and cluster, please visit respectively.

    Key Responsibilities

    • Provide effective leadership in multi-disciplinary and multi-agency passenger transport research projects and programmes;
    • Develop new avenues in passenger transport research and development;
    • Lead the development of toolkits, simulation/forecast models and technology packages for effective deployment in the transport sector;
    • Promote a culture of scientific excellence in terms of both quality and delivery;
    • Assist the Research Group Leader (RGL) and Competence Area Manager (CAM) to construct and implement a business plan for the competence area (including strategy, goals, mission, HR, finances);
    • Establish, build, manage and maintain mutually beneficial and credible stakeholder relationships locally and internationally;
    • Support the financial sustainability of the research group, through active networking, developing and managing client relationships, understanding client needs and aligning them with internal needs and capability;
    • Prepare reports, guidelines or other documents aimed at disseminating the results and outcomes of projects;
    • Provide guidance to researchers and mentorship to interns and learners;
    • Raise personal, team and institutional profiles through publishing original research and presenting at national and international conferences and workshops;
    • Ensure the quality and delivery of projects and publications in the group by means of technical reviews and quality assurance.

    Qualifications, Skills And Experience

    • A degree in civil, industrial, transport engineering, transport planning or applied mathematics;
    • Twelve years’ field experience in one of the following areas: transport planning, travel surveys, transport modelling, transport decision support systems, traffic engineering and/or statistical analysis;
    • Must be registered with a relevant professional body;
    • Good understanding of the transport sector in South Africa;
    • Excellent interpersonal and organisational skills;
    • Ability to continuously disseminate research outputs in the form of technical papers;
    • Ability to innovate and generate new knowledge;
    • Must have good communication, presentation and writing skills;
    • Must have the ability to work accurately, efficiently and independently as well as in a team;
    • Must be computer literate as well as have the ability to understand and use domain specialised software;
    • Ability to work in a methodical manner is essential;
    • Ability to carry out strategic stakeholder interactions at all levels;
    • Ability to effectively present ideas, concepts, plan and procedures;
    • Demonstrated track record of the ability to work accurately, independently and efficiently.


    For more info, please contact the CSIR Recruitment Centre on 012 841 4774 or email us at

    Method of Application

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