Saturday , September 23 2023

CSIR Careers South Africa – Research Group Leader

Website CSIR

Job Description:

The CSIR has a vacancy for a Research Group Leader in the Sustainability, Economics & Waste  within the Sustainable Ecosystems Impact Area of the CSIR. The successful incumbent will be responsible for  leading a multidisciplinary team of professionals focused on developing scientific evidence and decision support for both the public and private sector; aimed at integrating sustainability into policy, planning and economic activity; unlocking green and circular economic development opportunities; and supporting a just transition towards a green and circular economy in Africa. This position is based in Pretoria / Stellenbosch.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Manage, motivate, and develop the people in the research group to enable their career growth and the development of new capabilities;
  • Lead the team in the annual development and implementation of the Group and contribute to Impact Area and Cluster, strategic and operational plan ensuring organisational alignment and remaining competitive and responsive to market needs and trends;
  • Manage the financial and human capital sustainability of the group, including secured contract R&D income, running expenses, overhead costs, staff deployment, and meeting capacity/capability requirements;
  • Conduct business development / networking activities to attract funding from existing and new sources, including the building of sustainable relationships with clients, as well as the planning and costing thereof;
  • Provide scientific and thought leadership to the people in the research group through an excellent grasp of the relevant fields;
  • Promote a culture of Science, Engineering, and Technology (SET) excellence (both quality and delivery) and effectively performance manage a diverse team of staff based in Pretoria, Johannesburg, Durban, and Stellenbosch;
  • Conceptualise, secure, and ensure delivery on multidisciplinary and multi-agency projects producing R&D outputs, including peer reviewed journal articles and conference proceedings, books, research reports, guidelines, and policy briefs, and decision-support tools/ methods and technologies;
  • Travel locally and internationally from time to time for business purposes.

Job Requirements:

  • A Masters degree in sustainability science, environmental management, economics, waste management, environmental/chemical engineering, or related field;
  • A PhD degree would be advantageous;
  • A relevant professional registration is recommended;
  • At least ten years’ experience in applied research, development and innovation related to two or more of the following fields: integrated waste management, circular economy, green economy and sustainable development; as well as evidence of a national and international profile and associated network in these fields;
  • Demonstrated experience in mentorship and/or supervision of students and/or junior researchers;
  • Experience in managing a multidisciplinary team of R&D staff with expertise across the natural and social sciences and engineering; with proven strategic leadership skills, and strong business and financial acumen;
  • Demonstrated capabilities in networking and business development, including building long-term relationships with clients;
  • Specific expertise related to several of the following domains: sustainable consumption and production, life cycle thinking, macro-economic / development economics / environmental economics, behavioural change, sustainability science, systems thinking and/ or systems design for sustainability;
  • Illustrated experience with several of the following or similar tools: systems modelling, socio-economic impact assessment, macro-economic modelling (e.g., CGE modelling), financial modelling, feasibility studies, life cycle costing, life cycle assessment, product environmental foot printing, material flow analysis and or value chain analysis;
  • Evidence of securing funding from public, private and international funders for undertaking multiple medium (~R2m p/a)- to large-scale (>R5m p/a) research and development projects; and leading and successfully delivering on these projects to completion;
  • Proven track record of research outputs, including contract research reports, peer-reviewed journal articles, conference presentations / papers, guidelines/ standards, decision-support models and tools;

Job Details:

Company: CSIR

Vacancy Type:  Full Time

Job Location: Stellenbosch

Application Deadline: N/A

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