Tuesday , December 5 2023

Vacancies at CSIR – Research Group Leader

Website Council for Scientific and Industrial Research

Job Description:

The CSIR has a vacancy for a Research Group Leader in the Transport Systems and Operations impact area within the Smart Mobility Cluster. The incumbent will provide leadership by increasing the impact of the research group through science, engineering and technology (SET) excellence in areas that include public transport service design, transport economics, transport safety, decision support through improved transport modelling techniques and mobility foresight research. The research group seeks to generate new knowledge and contribute towards methodological and technological improvements to support well-functioning transport networks for society and industry. This position is based in Pretoria.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Manage the quality of the outputs (i.e. proposals, reports, client presentations, etc.) to ensure they are responsive;
    Develop the business
  • Propose, plan and implement Parliamentary Grant (PG) and other grant-funded projects and programmes, in consultation with the Impact Area
  • Manager (IAM) to enhance the technical strength of the research group
  • Conceptualise innovate solutions to fulfil project and programme requirements
  • Lead the research group to deliver on the impact area strategic plan
  • Build and maintain client responsive teams
  • Continuously build the research group to be responsive to current and future transport challenges in South Africa and partner countries
  • Coordinate deliverables to fulfil project requirements
  • Responsible for project coordination and planning, often with multidisciplinary teams, to ensure projects are delivered on brief, budget and time
  • Establish the research group as a national leader in passenger transport applied research, with international recognition
  • Manage projects and programmes through robust and integrated planning

Job Requirements:

  • Registered professional scientist or engineer would be an added advantage
  • Excellent business management skills (i.e. budgeting, establishing networks, excellent people skills, etc.)
  • Excellent interpersonal and organisational skills
  • Excellent people management skills (i.e. mentorship, coaching diversity and diversity management)
  • A Master’s in transport engineering, operations research, applied mathematics, transport economics, computer science, systems engineering, or equivalent, with at least ten years’ relevant working experience in transport systems and operations
  • Ability to work in a methodical manner is essential
  • Ability to present ideas, concepts, plan and procedures
  • Should preferably be at a principal researcher level or at least a senior researcher on the research career path (with publication history)
  • Ability to carry out strategic stakeholder interactions at all levels
  • Good understanding of transport operations and the built environment domains in South Africa

Job Details:

Company: Council for Scientific and Industrial Research

Vacancy Type:  Full Time

Job Location: Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa

Application Deadline: N/A

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