CSIR Vacancies Internships – Research Group Leader

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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 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;
  • 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, motivate, and develop the people in the research group to enable their career growth and the development of new capabilities;
  • 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;
  • 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;

Job Requirements:

  • 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;
  • 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;
  • 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;
  • 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;
  • Demonstrated capabilities in networking and business development, including building long-term relationships with clients;
  • A relevant professional registration is recommended;
  • A Doctoral degree in sustainability science, environmental management, economics, waste management, environmental/chemical engineering, or related field;

Job Details:

Company: Council for Scientific and Industrial Research

Vacancy Type:  Full Time

Job Location: Stellenbosch, Western Cape, SA

Application Deadline: N/A

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