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Doctoral Studentships: Bio-Optics & Remote Sensing of Phytoplankton (Two opportunities) CSIR - 12 October 2016

The CSIR has two opportunities for Doctoral Studentships in the Earth Observation and Systems competency area within the Natural Resources and the Environmental (NRE) Unit. The incumbent will undertake research duties on either one of the below topics. This opportunity is based in Rosebank, Cape Town. For more information about the competence area, please visit:

Research topics:

 Development of existing phytoplankton particle opulation and optical property models, with applications primarily in the use of autonomous optical instruments to examine phytoplankton population dynamics in South African shelf seas and the Southern Ocean.

 The use of similar phytoplankton optical models for application as satellite ocean colour algorithms for the Southern Ocean and Benguela ecosystems, including event scale and decadal ecological analyses.

Key Responsibilities:

 Prepare a research proposal to be approved by both the CSIR and the university;  Prepare a written literature overview around the research topic;

 Perform original research to solve the 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 thesis and defending the work successfully; Qualifications, skills, and experience:  A Master’s degree in numerical sciences (e.g. physics, mathematics, engineering, computational field);

 Basic understanding and use of basic statistics for statistical processing of large datasets.  Knowledge/familiarity with performing data processing and interpretation of results on empirically gathered data

 Communication skills (oral, written and presentation)

 Willing and able to work for extended periods on research vessels at sea (Antarctica, local and international waters ) SS-F-HR-363 REV07 Advert Natural Resources and the Environment

 Adequate skills and experience in computer coding;

 Experience in optics or remote sensing an advantage;

 Ability to work independently, as well as in a team;

 Self-starter and able to work under pressure.

 Self-motivated and ability to be stimulated by the scientific environment.


Applications must be accompanied by the following documents:

 Certified copies of academic results (including the latest academic results or transcript);

 Certified copies of tertiary qualifications and ID;

 CV;

 If applicable, proof of registration from university or confirmation letter from university supervisor that he/she is willing to be involved in the candidate supervision.


Should you meet the above requirements, please email your CV to with your name and surname, position title and reference number in the subject line, (e.g. John Smith: Doctoral Studentship – Bio-Optics & Remote Sensing of Phytoplankton: Reference No: 307247)

Closing date: 16 October 2016

PLEASE NOTE THAT FEEDBACK WILL BE GIVEN TO SHORTLISTED CANDIDATES ONLY. For more info, please contact the CSIR Recruitment Centre on 012 841 4774 or email us at

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