Council for Scientific and Industrial Research Internship Programme

Job Summary

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) invites applications for the Honours Internship SET.

Closing date: 29 March 2024

Location: These opportunities will be based in Cape Town, South Africa.

Job Purpose

The CSIR annually offers a Studentship opportunities through the Southern Ocean Carbon-Climate Observatory (SOCCO), an inter-disciplinary programme hosted by Smart Places.

These opportunities are in a range of disciplines that address the research needs of earth systems science with a focus on the oceans, which includes research in oceanography, physics, marine biology, chemistry, mathematics, statistics, computer science, and engineering. Interns need to perform and qualify for the Masters studentship programme, apply for an NRF bursary and gain admission to a university. 

About CSIR

CSIR is a leading scientific and technology research organisation that researches, develops, localises and diffuses technologies to accelerate socio-economic prosperity in South Africa.

The organisation’s work contributes to industrial development and supports a capable state.

Key Responsibilities

  • Preparing a research proposal to be approved by both the CSIR and the university;
  • Preparing a written literature overview of the current state-of-the-art relevant to the research topic;
  • Performing original research to solve the open research problem that the student identified in his/her proposal;
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  • Producing sufficient quantity and quality of peer-reviewed publications based on this research topic;
  • Compiling the masters thesis and defending the work (if applicable) successfully;
  • Contribute to extra activities that may be outside the scope of the master’s research as per the needs of the research group. The amount of such work shall be limited to 20% of the total time.

Qualifications, skills and experience

  • An Honours degree in biological sciences, computer science, statistics, oceanography, mathematics, physics, chemistry, or engineering;
  • Basic computer science and coding experience (e.g. Matlab / Python) will be advantageous;
  • An understanding of basic statistics for the processing of large datasets will be advantageous;

  • Knowledge/familiarity with performing data processing, analysis and visualisation on Matlab or Python beneficial;
  • Effective communication skills (oral, written and presentation);
  • Be independent and able to work under pressure.

How to Apply

Applicants must attach the following documents:

  • Copies of academic results (including the latest academic results or transcript);
  • Copies of tertiary qualifications and ID;
  • CV (highlighting relevant skills and experience) and cover letter

Closing date: 29 March 2024


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  • Itumeleng Tladi

    Itumeleng teaches high school Mathematics in Groote Schuur. In addition to curating career opportunities on, Itumeleng mentors a community group of youth in STEAM. At chess, he's Western Cape's best.

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