CSIR Jobs – Doctoral Researcher

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Job Description:

The CSIR has a vacancy for a Post-Doctoral Researcher in the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Research Group within the Next Generation Enterprises and Institutions Cluster. The incumbent will be responsible for conducting research and development in the Artificial Intelligence technologies. This position is based in Pretoria.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Provide research direction to the Research Group on the long-term development of AI;
  • Generate and contribute towards science, engineering and technology activity outputs e.g. reports, guidelines, system requirements;
  • Remain current on new AI techniques, methodologies and protocols, to understand latest technical details on new products and updates/revisions to existing products/services;
  • Provide training on AI and related topics to all stakeholders (internal and external) when required;
  • Supervise/mentor junior colleagues, researchers, students and interns in the areas of expertise;
  • Conduct advanced AI research and generate high quality papers and publish them in prestigious journals with good impact factor;
  • Formulate and contribute to research and development (R&D) funding proposals and develop relationships with collaborators in R&D around AI and related topics;
  • Lead projects, research and investigations in AI or Machine Learning (ML);
  • Provide leadership in formulating research, development and innovation (RD&I) strategies and road maps;
  • Initiate and supervise technical reports, expert studies and investigations, and presentations aimed at the relevant industries and research institutions and academia, locally and internationally.

Job Requirements:

  • Strong organization and analytical skills;
  • Familiar with several aspects of the software development lifecycle, including architecture, design, implementation, and testing;
  • Demonstrated skills in: analytical thinking, flexibility and adaptability, investigative orientation, planning and organising, problem solving, verbal and written communication, teamwork, self-management (planning, prioritising and time management – includes the ability to work independently), systems level thinking, multi-disciplinary knowledge.
  • Good record of accomplishment and recognition for quality research outputs and advanced concept implementation;
  • Ability to analyse data obtained from different sources;
  • Knowledge of modern development, integration, testing and deployment environments would be advantageous;
  • Ability to create clear and accurate technical and analytical reports;
  • Ability to work as part of a team, as a key member, influencing decisions and reacting positively to challenges;

Qualification & Experience:

  • Experience in conducting and supervising studies related to AI technologies or related fields;
  • Experience in presenting and communicating research approaches, concepts and outcomes at conferences or industry forums;
  • Demonstrated experience in conducting quality research in AI/ML (deep, unsupervised, and reinforcement learning, optimization, and theory);
  • Experience in project management and funds acquisition would be advantageous;
  • All international qualifications require an evaluation report / certificate issued by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA);
  • A Doctoral degree in electronic/computer engineering, computer science or a related field;
  • Experience in AI technologies and its applications, including related programming languages and software tools;

Job Details:

Company: Council for Scientific and Industrial Research

Vacancy Type:  Full Time

Job Location: Pretoria, Gauteng, SA

Application Deadline: N/A

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