Engineering Vacancies in South Africa [20 Positions]

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18 Mar, 2014

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Engineering Jobs in South Africa

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

About the job:

CSIR Defence, Peace, Safety and Security (DPSS) unit provides a national defence science and technology capacity, supplying knowledge, advice and solutions in the area of defence and in matters of national security. Specifically, it aims to provide a defence evaluation and research capacity for the Department of Defence and Military Veterans.

The unit has twenty (20) vacancies in different Engineering Fields in order to undertake engineering assignments and projects involving research, design and development on medium- to high-risk, large engineering research and development (R&D) to meet stakeholder needs and requirements.

The positions reside within the DPSS Integrative Systems group (ISG), which is responsible for large multi-disciplinary programmes and projects within DPSS and the broader CSIR and deployed as required within DPSS.


Key responsibilities: 

  • Research and development of new engineering concepts and technologies for a defence, safety and security environment.
  • Contribute to a range of engineering projects.
  • Analyse higher-level defined project requirements and consequently define lower-level sub-system functionalities and solutions as required.
  • Interpret user requirements and specification in order to generate detailed item development.
  • Conduct design reviews of sub-systems, i.e. hardware and required.
  • Prepare design information to a suitable quality and standard to ensure quality management.
  • Provide technical engineering advice to a range of project stakeholders as required to support engineering project delivery.
  • Participate in the development of design standards and recommend modifications as appropriate.
  • Maintain networks and relationships with key customers, consultants, contractors, suppliers and planning authorities, in order to effectively deliver technical advice and meet deadlines on engineering projects.
  • Develop and maintain a working knowledge of relevant engineering legislation, engineering tools and policies as they apply to projects and ensure that all engineering work adheres to regulation and requirements.


Qualifications, skills and experience:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or other relevant degree.
  • A Master and PhD level degree will be an added advantage.
  • One to three years relevant working experience within engineering.
  • Working in an R&D environment will be an added advantage.
  • Experience in requirements definition, design, development, testing and integration within the relevant engineering field.
  • Experience in working in a complex environment.
  • Experience in working in a multi-disciplinary environment will be an advantage.
  • Knowledge and experience in the application of different engineering tools.
  • Experience in Microsoft Office tools.
  • Working experience in a military research environment that serves both local and international clients and stakeholders will be an added advantage.


How to Apply

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South African citizenship is necessary as a security clearance is required for this position.

Closing date: 31 March 2014



The CSIR gives preference to candidates who meet the job requirements and who will add to the cultural and gender diversity of the organisation. 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.


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