CSIR - Senior Researcher/Engineer: Energy Economist : Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)

Job Summary

-“The CSIR has a vacancy for a Senior Researcher/Engineer in the Energy Centre within the Smart Places cluster.
•The incumbent will be responsible for supporting energy economic modelling research area within the CSIR Energy Centre.
•This research area will gather, create and provide objective information and analysis on energy economics.
•This will include developing economic models for different energy sources and systems. •The incumbent also support the translation of CSIR energy-related research into direct and tangible recommendations for South African industries on how they should position themselves in the energy value chain, and for South African policymakers on how to support South African energy industries and plan and execute a just energy transition.

Duties and Responsibilities

•Act as custodian of Levelised Cost of Electricity (LCOE) models for all energy technologies and of tariff models;
•Responsible for financial and economic modelling for the energy sector (Techno-economics development);
•Conduct quantitative and qualitative research techniques in the energy sector;
•Assist in forming the research agenda/plan for energy economics and transition in the Energy Centre;
•Provide thought-leadership on possible strategy interventions for growing the South African energy industry, specifically in the renewable energy domain;
•Advise both internal and external (public and private) industries on the best positioning in the energy value chain localisation;
•Develop the CSIR “Optimal Local Content” programme to continuously determine optimal local content levels for different energy technologies;
•Compile technical reports for clients in the energy sector;
Establish and maintain relationships/partnership with other leading economic analysis group locally and globally;
•Assist in collecting data for purposes of economic modelling;
•Prepare and deliver presentations to communicate results of studies;
•Source and manage contract research and development and ensure adherence to schedule and budget;
•Support CSIR business development through identifying energy industry services for the research group;
•Support the energy industry research agenda (Energy Industry Support and Energy Transition Research).

Qualifications and Experience

•An Honours degree in energy economics, economics, science or engineering with at least six years’ working experience in the energy sector, of which three years’ should be in the green economy or energy-related projects in biogas, solar PV, wind, hydrogesector or energy industry development support or energy transition domain n etc.
•A Master’s degree in economics or energy economics will be advantageous;
•Experience in an economic modelling, energy utility, government, consulting, or economic analysis environment;
•Experience in Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) modelling will be advantageous;

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