•The CSIR has a vacancy for a Principal Researcher: Transport Engineering/Planning in the Passenger Transport Research Group, within the Smart Mobility Cluster.
•The incumbent will provide technical leadership on projects and programmes in areas that include public transport service design; institutional capacity building support; multi-modal transport modelling; intelligent transport systems; and financing of transport systems. This position is based in Pretoria.
•Provide effective technical leadership in multi-disciplinary and multi-agency passenger transport research projects and programmes;
•Develop new avenues in passenger transport research and development;
•Lead the development of toolkits, simulation/forecast models and technology packages for effective deployment in the transport sector;
•Promote a culture of scientific excellence in terms of both quality and delivery;
•Assist the Research Group Leader (RGL) and Impact Area Manager (IAM) to construct and implement a business plan for the impact area (including strategy, goals, mission, HR, finances);
•Establish, build, manage and maintain mutually beneficial and credible stakeholder relationships locally and internationally;
•Support the financial sustainability of the research group, through active networking, developing and managing client relationships, understanding client needs and aligning them with internal needs and capability;
•Prepare reports, guidelines or other documents aimed at disseminating the results and outcomes of projects;
•Provide guidance to researchers and mentorship to interns and learners;
•Raise personal, team and institutional profiles through publishing original research and presenting at national and international conferences and workshops;
•Ensure the quality and delivery of projects and publications in the group by means of technical reviews and quality assurance.
•A Master’s degree in civil/industrial/transport engineering, transport planning or applied mathematics, with at least twelve years’ field experience in one of the following:
•Transport policy review,
•Transport decision support systems
•Demonstrated track record of generating impactful and influential professional outputs;
•A Doctoral degree in a relevant field will be an added advantage;
•Must be registered with a relevant professional body;
•Good understanding of the transport sector in South Africa;
•Excellent interpersonal and organisational skills;
•Ability to continuously disseminate research outputs in the form of technical papers;
•Ability to innovate and generate new knowledge;
•Must have good communication, presentation and writing skills;
•Must have the ability to work accurately, efficiently and independently as well as in a team;
•Must be computer literate as well as have the ability to understand and use domain specialised software;
•Ability to work in a methodical manner is essential;
•Ability to carry out strategic stakeholder interactions at all levels;
•Ability to effectively present ideas, concepts, plan and procedures;
•Demonstrated track record of the ability to work accurately, independently and efficiently
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