Principal Researcher/Engineer: Energy Systems (Energy Modelling)

Job Detail

  • Qualifications Master’s Degree
  • Industry Research, science & technology
  • Reference Ref#311635
  • Centre Pretoria
  • Where to submit application

Job Description

Key responsibilities: • Manage projects, research and conduct investigations on energy modelling and related topics • Provide leadership in formulating research questions and developing study assumptions • Provide research direction to the Energy Centre on energy planning and energy modelling • Generate technical reports, articles, conference papers and presentations aimed at energy modelling locally and internationally • Provide training on energy planning related topics to CSIR employees and externally as required • Provide the strategic evidence-base and thought leadership to inform strategic immediate and long-term energy sector decision-making at national/provincial/local government as well as enterprise levels • Formulate research proposals and develop relationships with potential clients and collaborators in R&D around system operations topics • Manage contract research and development and ensure adherence to schedule and budget; • Collaborate with CSIR’s Business Development and Commercialisation (BD&C) on conceptual energy-related business opportunities; • Support the CSIR Energy Centre’s research agenda with a particular emphasis on energy planning and systems modelling. Qualifications, skills and experience: • A Master’s degree in electrical/mechanical/industrial engineering, mathematics, science or equivalent with at least ten years’ working experience in the energy sector, of which five years’ should be in energy modelling specifically; • A Doctoral degree in electrical/mechanical/industrial engineering, mathematics, science or equivalent will be advantageous; • Proficiency in suitable energy modelling software tools applied in the energy sector. These could include inter alia energy systems modelling using PLEXOS, OSEMOSYS, TIMES or others; • Extensive experience and understanding of the energy sector across all energy carriers including coal, nuclear, natural gas, liquid fuels and the growing renewable energy industry; • Strong network in the public and private sector (local and international) as links to energy modelling and a track record in obtaining contract R&D funding and managing such projects. • Good presentation skills and ability to present to a broad range of potential stakeholders. • The following expert level experience is required as a minimum: o Experience in working with a team of energy modellers o Various energy modelling approaches for energy systems o Modelling experience and skills in energy planning tools/software o Scenario definitions/planning; • The following experience/knowledge will be advantageous, but not essential o The South African power system o South African energy policies, regulations, codes and standards • Strong inter-personal skills, able to work with a diverse team of colleagues with backgrounds across science, engineering, business, economics and policy.

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