Senior Researcher: Decision Support and System Analysis,Pretoria,The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research
The CSIR (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research) is a leading scientific and technology research organisation, implementing projects throughout Africa and making a difference in people’s lives.
CSIR Built Environment unit’s Spatial Planning and Systems competence area has a vacancy for aSenior Researcher: Decision Support and Systems Analysis.The research group applies a multi-disciplinary approach to conduct innovative research and development (R&D) in various areas of complex decision-aiding within the built environment domain using mathematical and statistical modelling. Quantitative methods have proved to be useful in many applications, with some highly complex and challenging and others requiring high levels of innovation. In order to develop a particular application, relevant methods may be selected from a range of areas such as Problem Structuring, Statistical Analysis, Spatial Statistics, Decision Analysis, Indicator Development and Performance Measurement, Forecasting, Mathematical Modelling and Optimisation, and Simulation and Systems Analysis. This position is based in Pretoria.
Provide leadership and strategic direction in a variety of research topics in statistics, operations research or a related field.
Publish research outputs in peer-reviewed journals, books or conference proceedings.
Provide guidance to other researchers and act as mentor to interns and learners.
Play a leading role in multidisciplinary projects if and when required.
Coordinate the preparation of proposals for R&D projects.
Contribute technical expertise to external and research projects.
A Master’s degree in statistics, operational research, industrial engineering or related fields. A doctoral degree in the same or related fields would be desirable.
A minimum of five years’ relevant working experience in R&D projects.
A track record of research outputs published in peer-reviewed journals, books or conference proceedings.
Ability to work independently as well as in a team.
Problem-solving, solution-seeking orientation.
General project administration and contract management skills.
Excellent communication in English.
Good communication, presentation and writing skills.
Networking abilities to proactively establish and maintain links with clients and the research community.
Only South African applicants will be considered for this position.
Closing date: 31 March 2013
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