CSIR Doctoral and Postdoctoral Studentships in South Africa for Researchers

Career Opportunities in the Materials Science and Manufacturing (MSM)

Course(s) Offered: MSM
Course Level: Graduate (PhD, Postdoc)
Provider: CSIR
Country to Study in: South Africa

Fellowship Description
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.

The following vacancies are open at CSIR for the commencing 2011 academic year: Doctoral Studentship - Ref 301049; Post-doctoral Researcher (Organic Chemistry/Polymer Chemistry) – Ref 301050; AND Doctoral Studentship – Ref 301051.

Eligible applicants who meet the below-listed criteria are strongly encouraged to apply for these positions.

The CSIR gives preference to candidates who meet the job requirements and who will add to the cultural and gender diversity of the organisation. The CSIR reserves the right not to appoint if a suitable candidate is not identified.

Qualifications, skills and experience:
The applicant should have earned a doctoral degree in fibre reinforced composites-related research with a strong background in applied chemistry and polymer science with a minimum of three years of post-doctoral experience in research environment. The candidate should be a self-starter with demonstrated abilities by good peer-reviewed publications. A strong background in polymer science and technology is essential.

The candidate must be familiar with composite processing and knowledge of mechanical, thermal and microscopic characterisation techniques like DSC, DMA, TGA, and SEM is desirable.

Eligible groups
Citizens of ANY nationality (but willing to work in South Africa)

Participating Institutions
Research position in the Nonwovens and Composites Research Group based in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

Fields of study
The position will require the incumbent to conduct basic and applied research in the development of natural fibre-based composites and bio-composites for various industrial applications and the characterisation of composites structure and properties.

Doctoral Studentship - Ref 301049:
CSIR Polymers and Composites unit is looking to appoint a Doctoral student for 2012/2013 to work as part of the Nonwovens and Composites team in Port Elizabeth. The centre encompasses a fully-integrated composite-processing, modification and characterisation laboratory and also supports fire retardancy-testing. The current projects are based on the development of natural fibre reinforced composites for structural and non-structural applications in the automotive, building, packaging and aerospace sectors along with characterisation of composites structure and properties. Other projects include electrospinning of natural and synthetic nanofibres, as well as bio-nanofibre-based composites

Post-doctoral Researcher (Organic Chemistry/Polymer Chemistry) – Ref 301050:
The Smart Polymer’s research group of the Polymers and Composites competency area, which falls under CSIR Materials Science and Manufacturing (MSM) operating unit presents an exciting opportunity for a Post-doctoral Researcher to join our multidisciplinary group of scientists working towards developing novel polymer-based nanomaterials for water treatment and water quality monitoring.

Doctoral Studentship – Ref 301051:
The Encapsulation & Delivery (E&D) research group of the Polymers and Composites competency area, in the business unit of Materials Science and Manufacturing (MSM), focuses on developing nanotechnology-based drug delivery systems to address the issues of patient non-compliance, bio-availability and toxicity associated with infectious disease therapy. The technology aims to reduce both the duration and frequency of treatment through effective, targeted and controlled release of drugs using nanotechnology. The group boasts a unique mix of well-published materials scientists, engineers, molecular biologists, chemists, and pharmacists. The infrastructure is well-furnished with state-of-theart equipment and facilities. A significant part of the research is carried out through collaborations with several prestigious national and international universities and research institutions in Europe, USA, India, Brazil and Africa.

There currently exists a research position for a doctoral student interested in the field of drug delivery with the aim of obtaining a doctoral degree from North-West University (NWU). The student would be required to spend most of his/her time at the CSIR although there would be frequent interaction with NWU together with other academic institutions. The student must be willing and able to travel abroad as certain parts of the work might require working for a period between three to six months outside the country.

Method of Application
By applying for this position at the CSIR, the applicant understands, consents and agrees that the CSIR may solicit a credit and criminal report from a registered credit bureau and/or SAPS (in relation to positions that require trust and honesty and/or entail the handling of cash or finances) and may also verify the applicant’s educational qualifications and employment history.

The CSIR reserves the right not to appoint if a suitable candidate is not identified.

It is important to visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete information.

The Closing date for all applications is 15 November 2010; AND 13 May 2011

The CSIR contributes novel and ground-breaking materials, composites, devices, techniques and processes for industries such as automotive, aerospace, health, energy and the built environment.

Its world-class materials science and manufacturing professionals are also playing a significant role in the scientific and technological foundations for alternative energy security in South Africa whilst assisting the South African manufacturing industry to be globally competitive in micro-manufacturing.

Application Deadline: 15 November 2010 / 13 May 2011
Open to International Applicants: Yes

Further Fellowship Information and Application

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