Monday, 18 December 2017

CSIR Internship Opportunity 2017

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is a leading scientific and technology research organisation, implementing projects throughout Africa and making a difference in people’s lives.

Doctoral Studentship: Software Defined Networks

About the job:

The CSIR has a Doctoral Studentship opportunity in the Advanced Networks and Architecture Systems research group, within Meraka Institute. The motivated and enthusiastic student will conduct research in Software Defined Networks and Network Function Virtualisation. This position is based in Pretoria.

Key responsibilities:
  • Prepare research proposal to be approved by both the CSIR and the university;
  • Prepare a written literature overview of the current state-of-the-art around the research topic;
  • Perform research to solve the research problem that the student identified in his/her proposal;
  • Produce sufficient quantity and quality of peer-reviewed publications around this research topic;
  • Compile the doctoral degree thesis and defending the work successfully;
  • Contribute to extra activities that may be outside the scope of the Master’s degree research as per the needs of the research group. The amount of such work shall be limited to 20% of the total time.
Qualifications, skills and experience:
  • A Master’s degree or equivalent qualification in computer/electronic engineering, computer science;
  • Ability to generate research questions and hypotheses: review, critique and synthesize a body of research, identifying significant gaps in knowledge, methods and study subjects to develop research questions and testable hypotheses;
  • Ability to work well under pressure as part of a team as well as independently
  • Effectively communicate issues, research findings and implications of research verbally and in writing to appropriate professional and public audiences;
  • Enthusiastic and self-motivated individuals who take ownership and initiative and have the willingness to learn;
  • Solid knowledge of Software Defined Networks and Network Function Virtualisation will be advantageous.
Closing date: 31 December 2017



The CSIR is an equal opportunity employer. As such, it is committed to the Employment Equity Act of 1998. 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 to remove the advertisement at any time before the stated closing date and it further reserves the right not to appoint if a suitable candidate is not identified.

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