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  • Posted: Apr 21, 2020
    Deadline: Apr 30, 2020
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    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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    Master's Bursary: Catalysis

    Master’s Bursary: Catalysis
    About The Bursary

    The CSIR has a bursary opportunity in the Hydrogen Centre of South Africa Infrastructure research group within the Energy Centre of the Smart Places Cluster. The purpose of the bursary is to provide student with financial assistance towards their Master’s studies.

    Focus Areas

    • The research work will focus on the design and development of methanol synthesis catalysts, determination of their structural properties and testing of their catalytic activity.


    • An Honours degree in chemistry, applied chemistry or material sciences with background in inorganic chemistry;
    • Some hand-on exposure in heterogeneous catalysis research at honours level or catalysts design and with capability to set-up chemical reaction processes;
    • Prior knowledge in working with reactor set-up and GC-FID analysis is a high valued advantage;
    • Knowledge in characterisation techniques such as XRD, BET, SEM and TEM is desirable;
    • Effective communication skills (oral, written and presentation);
    • Ability to work independently, as well as working in a team;
    • Ability to work under pressure and tight deadlines;
    • Proficiency with MS Office suite and relevant scientific software.

    Closing date: 30 April 2020


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

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    Research Group Leader: Artificial Intelligence and Augumented Reality

    About The Job

    The CSIR has a vacancy for a Research Group Leader: AI and AR in the Emerging Digital Technologies for fourth Industrial Revolution (EDT4IR) Research Centre within the Next Generation Enterprises and Institutions Cluster . The incumbent will be responsible for the provision of strategic and technical leadership to a research group, including people management, business development, financial sustainability and operations management. This position is based in Pretoria.
    For more info about the impact area or cluster, please visit .

    Key Responsibilities

    • Contribute to strategic investment goal setting and development of RDI strategy;
    • Implement the research, development and innovation (RD&I) strategy for the impact area;
    • Lead researchers and engineers;
    • Promote a culture of science, engineering and technology (SET) excellence and provide RDI leadership of multiple disciplines;
    • Ensure that the area remains industry and/or service delivery relevant with national and international standing that is directed at cutting edge;
    • Propose and/or contribute to the strategic investment plan and implement Parliamentary Grant, Contract Research and Development and other grant-funded projects;
    • Develop and implement a business plan for operation, sustainable growth, impact and robustness of area (including strategy, goals, mission, HR, finances, technology transfer, IP and commercialization);
    • Assume leadership in the provision of technical solutions to client programmes;
    • Deeply understand the needs of the industry by integrating sector knowledge in multi-dimensional research and development programs in order to deliver industry aligned RDI;
    • Ensure staff development and strategic Human Capital Development;
    • Ensure a well-balanced cutting edge SET capability, in terms of the elements of research, engineering design, or systems/enterprise engineering;
    • Ensure SET outputs are achieved;
    • Deliver on all KPIs of the area and ensure that all outputs are achieved, including transformation, profit and loss, quality, health, safety and environment as per agreed targets;
    • Implement and comply with appropriate financial, business systems requirements, including operational approvals;
    • Network with peers in the fields expertise within and outside the CSIR;
    • Engage with clients and industry partners to develop long term relationships;
    • Provide technical support on business development and participate in client interactions;
    • Manage projects through planning of appropriate processes and policies to ensure Intellectual Property (IP) protection and technology transfer;
    • In collaboration with the Business Development and Commercialization portfolio:
      • Drive the transfer of technology and solutions design to industry/user environment;
      • Package technologies for commercialisation or develop an “investment ready business” through financial modelling market assessment and business plan development.


    Qualifications, Skills And Experience

    • A Doctoral degree in computer science/engineering, electronic engineering, information technology or related field – with least five years’ experience in technologies domain research within an RDI environment;
    • Sound experience in managing a team of multi-disciplinary professions;
    • Proven track record in project management and research project leadership;
    • Ability to provide thought leadership and high level conceptualisation;
    • Ability to work independently as well as in teams;
    • Business Development and financial acumen;
    • Excellent communication and presentation skills;
    • Conflict management skills;
    • Decisiveness and action orientation;
    • Project Management skills.
    • Appropriate national and international RDI networks;
    • An understanding of the research to market ‘innovation’ value chain.

    Closing date: 30 April 2020


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

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