CSIR: Masters Studentships: Smartcard (3 positions)

Posted on :

24 Apr, 2014

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About the job:

CSIR Modelling and Digital Science is an operating unit with three competency areas focusing on Advanced Mathematical Modelling, Information Security, as well as Mobile Intelligent Autonomous Systems. The unit assists in the CSIR’s drive to strengthen Science, Engineering and Technology outputs and to develop human capital through a studentship programme for Master’s and Doctoral studies based on the research work done  at the CSIR under the co-supervision of a CSIR expert.

The information security group is concerned with processes, methodologies and techniques used to protect information from unauthorized access. The major drive towards the establishment of this competency revolves around the need to develop a capability on information security systems. This is also driven by the need for research and development of technologies that can be deployed locally.

The Information Security Group focuses on four research areas, which are complementary to each other. The areas are Biometrics, Smartcard, Data mining and Network Security.

Research Topics:

Applicants will be expected to conduct research towards a higher degree (Master’s) in smartcard operating systems, with particular emphasis on:

  • Open source Java Virtual Machine for smart cards.
  • Open source card management system.
  • Smartcards attacks and counter measures.
  • Reverse engineering java card applets.
  • Secured point of sale terminal design.
  • Performance evaluations in smartcard applications or hardware chips.



  • BEng or BSc Honours in the following fields:

o   Electrical, Electronic or Computer Engineering

o   Computer Science

o   Applied Mathematics

  • The ideal candidates will be enthusiastic and self-motivated individuals who take ownership and initiative.
  • The ability to work well under pressure as part of a team is essential.
  • The successful candidates must be willing to work in a research environment that serves both local and international clients and stakeholders.
  • Prior working experience on projects that involve extensive programming on open source environment(s) will be advantageous.


Applicants must attach the following documents:

  • Certified copies of the applicant’s latest academic results or transcript.
  • Certified copies of tertiary qualifications.

Applicants must be South African citizens.

Closing date: Open-ended

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Should you experience any problems in submitting your application, please contact the CSIR Recruitment Centre at [email protected]. Please do not submit your application to this mailbox.

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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