Senior Researcher (Water Centre)

Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)

Stellenbosch, South Africa 🇿🇦

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is a leading scientific and technology research organisation that researches, develops, localises and diffuses technologies to accelerate socio-economic prosperity in South Africa. The organisation’s work contributes to industrial development and supports a capable state.

Senior Researcher

About the job:

The CSIR has a vacancy for a Senior Researcher in the Water Centre, within the Smart Places Cluster. The incumbent will be responsible to conduct research in the hydrogeological field as it relates to the understanding of hydrological impacts of land-use, changes through hydrogeological assessments and modelling, which including measures to enable and promote smart water use, and to develop high quality and implementable technical outputs with commercial viability. The position is based in Stellenbosch.

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Key responsibilities:

  • Promote a culture of Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) excellence (quality and delivery) and providing research leadership;
  • Promote a culture of industrialization of research outcomes;
  • Interact with stakeholders (clients, peers, etc.) within fields of expertise to develop long-term relationships both within and outside the CSIR;
  • Conduct project management through robust, integrated planning;
  • Raise personal, team and institutional profiles through publishing original research and presenting work at national and international conferences and workshops;
  • Write, and review research proposals; research reports, client reports and peer-reviewed publications;
  • Conceptualise, structure, manage and implement research projects;
  • Contribute to policy research in support of South Africa’s national priorities;
  • Liaise with both internal and external clients and other relevant stakeholders;
  • Conceptualise, structure, management and implementation of multi-disciplinary research projects.

Qualifications, skills and experience:

  • A Master’s degree in hydrogeology with at least five years’ experience in hydrogeology, water use techniques, groundwater source and aquifer zoning;  
  • Applied knowledge and understanding of water resource modelling and systems optimisation;
  • Ability to work independently as well as in teams;
  • Project management skills;
  • Research and report writing skills;
  • Communication and presentation skills;
  • Problem solving, solution seeking orientation;
  • Ability to provide thought leadership and mentoring;
  • High level conceptualisation and analytical skills;
  • Excellent facilitation and interpersonal skills;
  • Computer literacy.

Closing date: 23 July 2021


For more info, please email us at [email protected].  Please do-not send your application to this mailbox, it is only for inquiries.

The CSIR is an equal opportunity employer. As such, it is committed to the employment Equity Act and will through the filling of this vacancy, give preference to candidates from designated groups in terms of the Employment Equity Act. By applying for this position at the CSIR, the applicant understands, and agrees that the CSIR may solicit a credit and criminal report from registered credit bureau and/or South African Police Services (in relation to positions that requires trust and honesty and/or entail the handling of cash or finances), and may also verify the applicant’s educational qualification and employment history. The CSIR reserves the right to remove the advertisement at any time before the stated closing date and it further reserves the right not to appoint if a suitable candidate is not identified.