CSIR careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics

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ScienceScope P U B L I C A T I O N O F T H E C S I R | V O L U M E 1 0 | N U M B E R 1 of 2 0 1 7 SOUTH AFRICA’S COUNCIL FOR SCIENTIFIC AND INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH

csir careers

in Science, technology, engineering AND mathematics

csir units > CSIR Biosciences Pretoria 012 841-3260 > CSIR Built Environment Pretoria 012 841-3871 Stellenbosch 021 888-2508 > CSIR Defence, Peace, Safety and Security Pretoria 012 841-2780 > CSIR Materials Science and Manufacturing Pretoria 012 841-4392 Johannesburg 011 482-1300 Port Elizabeth 042 508-3200 Cape Town 021 685-4329 > CSIR Meraka Institute Pretoria 012 841-3028 Cape Town (Centre for High Performance Computing) 021 658-2740 > CSIR Modelling and Digital Science Pretoria 012 841-3298 > CSIR National Laser Centre Pretoria 012 841-4188 > CSIR Natural Resources and the Environment Pretoria 012 841-4005 Stellenbosch 021 658-2766 Durban 031 242-2300 Pietermaritzburg 033 260-5446 Nelspruit 013 759-8036 > CSIR Implementation Unit Pretoria 012 841 3332 Stellenbosch 021 658 6582/2776 Cape Town 021 658 2761 Port Elizabeth 041 508 3220 Durban 031 242 2441/2300/2393 Cottesloe 011 482 1300 Kloppersbos 012 841 2247

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foreword

INVESTING IN PEOPLE Innovation is a key economic driver for any country. To create wealth and to better people’s lives require an ability to create and exploit knowledge. That ability is directly linked to people and their inherent and acquired skills. The CSIR is keenly aware of the importance of its human capital – it is without a doubt its most valuable asset. Our strength lies in the quality of scientists, researchers and support staff we attract, the opportunities we create for career development, our commitment to excellence and working together to create a better future through science. Human capital development is therefore one of the organisation’s strategic priorities: Ensuring that the organisation has a human capital base that is adequately equipped with the right skills to meet organisational objectives. However, the commitment is about more than the organisation’s own operational needs. It is also about a response to a national concern. The CSIR is committed to the aim expressed in the National Development Plan, which is to grow the national pool of researchers to help improve South Africa’s innovation capability. The Human Resource Development Strategy for South Africa 2010 – 2030 makes key commitments towards the development of key innovation skills, also specifically to the improvement of the technological and innovation capability and outcomes within the public and private sectors to enhance the country’s competitiveness in the global economy. The CSIR is also aiming to increase the percentage of our PhD qualified staff and to continue to transform the demographic composition of our researchers and research leaders. We will continue to invest in pipeline development programmes such as bursaries, studentships and internships. The CSIR also has a science outreach programme as part of which we participate at science festivals and visit different communities around the country to promote the value of science and to get more young people interested in science. This edition of ScienceScope aims to showcase CSIR careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). We hope that by featuring these exciting career options and how others have succeeded (sometimes against all odds) to become professionals who are making a difference, young people will be insp