Research Group Leader in the Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

Full Time Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Public Entities
  • Post Date: Jun 23, 2022
  • Apply Before : Jun 30, 2022
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Job Details

  • Qualifications Bachelor Degree
  • Industry public-service
  • Centre Stellenbosch
  • Where to submit application

Job Description

Key responsibilities: Provide scientific and thought leadership to the people in the research group through an excellent grasp of the relevant fields; Promote a culture of Science, Engineering, and Technology (SET) excellence (both quality and delivery) and effectively performance manage a diverse team of staff based in Pretoria, and Stellenbosch; Manage, motivate, and develop the people in the research group to enable their career growth and the development of new capabilities; Lead the team in the annual development and implementation of the Group and contribute to Impact Area and Cluster, strategic and operational plan ensuring organisational alignment and remaining competitive and responsive to market needs and trends; Manage the financial and human capital sustainability of the group, including secured contract R&D income, running expenses, overhead costs, staff deployment, and meeting capacity/capability requirements; Conduct business development / networking activities to attract funding from existing and new sources, including the building of sustainable relationships with clients, as well as the planning and costing thereof; Conceptualise, secure, and ensure delivery on multidisciplinary and multi-agency projects. Including working on and leading such projects with the team to produce R&D outputs, such as peer reviewed journal articles and conference proceedings, books, research reports, guidelines, and policy briefs, and decision-support tools/ methods and technologies; Travel locally and internationally from time to time for business purposes. Qualifications, skills and experience: A Doctoral degree in ecology, geography, environmental science, or related field; A relevant professional registration is recommended; At least ten years’ experience in applied research, development and innovation related to two or more of the following fields: ecosystem services, conservation ecology; climate adaptation, urban ecology, people-environment studies, as well as evidence of a national and international profile and associated network in these fields; Specific expertise related to several of the following domains: environmental risk and vulnerability, business risk from biodiversity loss, alien invasive management; ecological infrastructure and restoration, natural resource management; water resources; Illustrated experience with several of the following approaches and relevant tools: geospatial analysis and GIS, modelling and coding to develop decision-support applications and mapping platforms; multi-criteria decision tools; social-ecological systems thinking and models; risk and vulnerability assessment; stakeholder analysis; policy analysis; ecosystem service or biodiversity assessments Experience in managing a multidisciplinary team of R&D staff with a broad range of expertise; with proven strategic leadership skills, and strong business and financial acumen; Demonstrated capabilities in networking and business development, including building long-term relationships with clients; Evidence of securing funding from public, private and international funders for undertaking multiple medium (~R2m p/a)- to large-scale (>R5m p/a) research and development projects; and leading and successfully delivering on these projects to completion; Proven track record of research outputs, including contract research reports, peer-reviewed journal articles, conference presentations / papers, guidelines/ standards, decision-support models and tools; Demonstrated experience in mentorship and/or supervision of students and/or junior researchers; An understanding of the research-to-market ‘innovation’ value chain and evidence of bringing research outputs to the ‘user’ to achieve real-life outcomes; Experienced in facilitation, good interpersonal skills, and a solution-seeking orientation; Effective communication skills (oral, written, and presentation); Programming and modelling software skills will be an advantage;

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