Career Opportunity at CSIR, South Africa

The CSIR (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research) is a leading scientific and technology research organisation, implementing projects throughout Africa and making a difference in people’s lives. The Materials Science and Manufacturing unit of CSIR, South Africa has the following vacancy in the Nonwovens and Composites Group within the Polymers and Composites Competence Area based in Port Elizabeth.

Senior Researcher: Nonwovens

About the job : The competence area, which has state-of-the-art equipment, has research focus areas comprising : nonwoven, fibre processing, fibre modification and fibre reinforced composites manufacturing and characterisation. The nonwoven laboratory is fully equipped with carding, cross-lapping, needle-punching, hydroentangling, chemical, thermofusing and calendar bonding techniques. The nonwoventesting laboratory comprises relevant nonwoven characterising facilities such as: image analysis; water permeation and transmission; porometer; surface tension and wettability measurement; air filtration; acoustic and geotextiles testing; etc.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience : Be dynamic and result-oriented.

  1. A minimum qualification of a doctorate in textiles from institutions offering broadbased textile curricula.
  2. A self-starter with a minimum of seven to ten years’ experience and track record in nonwoven research.
  3. Proven performance record by peer-reviewed publications, potential to generate external contract income and demonstrated abilities to conduct research independently in a multi-disciplined diverse team will be essential.
  4. Exposure to the international environment or at least two years of post-doctoral experience in reputable nonwoven research and development (R&D) centres will be an advantage.

Candidates with higher experience and demonstrated skills will be also considered at principal researcher level. Salary package is negotiable based on the track record of a researcher. Please note that the cost of living in South Africa is lower than that of the USA and most Western European countries. CSIR offers a very rewarding career with ample scope for vertical and lateral development in a strong inter-disciplinary team. Should you meet the above requirements, please go to the URL indicated below in order to apply; select the position reference number 301266; complete the application form and attach your CV.


This position will remain open until a suitable candidate is recruited.


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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