Research Group Leader: Advanced Healthcare Materials - #366366

Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)

Date: 6 days ago
City: Pretoria, Gauteng
Contract type: Full time
The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is a leading scientific and technology research organisation that research, develops, localises and diffuses technologies to accelerate socio-economic prosperity in South Africa. The organisation's work contributes to industrial development and supports a capable state. The CSIR has a vacancy for a Research Group Leader: Advanced Healthcare Materials in the

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is a leading scientific and technology research organisation that researches, develops, localises and diffuses technologies to accelerate socio-economic prosperity in South Africa. The organisations work contributes to industrial development and supports a capable state.

Research Group Leader: Advanced Healthcare Materials

About The Job

The CSIR has a vacancy for a Research Group Leader: Advanced Healthcare Materials within the Centre for Nanostructures and Advanced Materials, Chemicals Cluster. The incumbent will be responsible for providing strategic and technical leadership to a research group, including people management, business development, financial sustainability and operations management. This position is based in Pretoria.

For more info about the Centre for Nanostructures and Advanced Materials and the Cluster, please visit and respectively.

Key Responsibilities

  • Contribute to strategic investment goal setting and development of the RDI strategy of the group;
  • Implement the research, development and innovation (RDI) strategy for the Advanced Healthcare Materials research group ;
  • Lead researchers, scientists and engineers;
  • Promote a culture of science, engineering and technology (SET) excellence and provide RDI leadership of advanced Healthcare Material disciplines such as nanodrug delivery systems, bioconjugates, polymer modification and synthesis for biomedical applications, biotherapeutics, nanoengineered materials for biomedical applications, and other;
  • Ensure that the area remains industry and/or service delivery relevant with national and international standing that is directed at cutting edge and relevant;
  • Propose and/or contribute to the strategic investment plan and implement Parliamentary Grant, Contract Research and Development and other grant-funded projects;
  • Develop and implement a business plan for the operation, sustainable growth, impact and robustness of the area (including strategy, goals, mission, HR, finances, technology transfer, IP and commercialization);
  • Assume leadership in the provision of technical solutions to client programmes;
  • Deeply understand the needs of the industry by integrating sector knowledge in multi-dimensional research and development programs to deliver industry-aligned RDI;
  • Ensure staff development and strategic Human Capital Development;
  • Ensure a well-balanced cutting-edge SET capability in terms of the elements of research, engineering design, or systems/enterprise engineering;
  • Ensure SET outputs are achieved;
  • Deliver on all KPIs of the area and ensure that all outputs are achieved, including transformation, profit and loss, quality, health, safety and environment, as per agreed targets;
  • Implement and comply with appropriate financial and business systems requirements, including operational approvals;
  • Network with peers in the fields of expertise within and outside the CSIR;
  • Engage with clients and industry partners to develop long-term relationships;
  • Provide technical support on business development and participate in client interactions;
  • Manage projects through the planning of appropriate processes and policies to ensure Intellectual Property (IP) protection and technology transfer; and
  • In collaboration with the Business Development and Commercialization portfolio:
    • Drive the transfer of technology and solutions design to the industry/user environment;
    • Package technologies for commercialisation or develop an investment-ready business through financial modelling, market assessment and business plan development.
Qualifications, Skills And Experience

  • A Doctoral degree in chemistry, biochemistry, chemical/biomedical engineering or related fields with at least five years experience in technologies domain research within an RDI environment;
  • All international qualifications require an evaluation report / certificate issued by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).
  • Proven track record of scientific publications, patents, and commercialization of technologies in the field of Advanced Healthcare Materials such as biomaterials, drug delivery, biotherapeutics, bioconjugates, biointerfaces, nanomedicine and nanotechnology, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, biofabrication, including devices for healthcare, and related field;
  • Proven track record of generating and protecting IPs;
  • Proven track record in the commercialization of technology and management of industry-funded projects;
  • Proven track record in project management and research project leadership;
  • Proven experience in obtaining External public and private sector funding;
  • Communication, presentation skills, research, and report writing skills;
  • Ability to provide thought leadership and high-level conceptualization;
  • Ability to work independently as well as in teams;
  • Ability to convert industry/clients requirements to technical deliverables;
  • Ability to understand the complete integration of technology to produce a functional product or solution;
  • Problem-solving, facilitation and interpersonal skills in a goal-oriented approach;
  • Strong Project Management skills;
  • Conflict management skills;
  • Decisiveness and action orientation;
  • Appropriate national and international RDI networks;
  • An understanding of the research to market innovation value chain.


For more info, please email us at [email protected]. Please do-not send your application to this mailbox, it is only for inquiries.

The CSIR is an equal opportunity employer. As such, it is committed to the employment Equity Act and will through the filling of this vacancy, give preference to candidates from designated groups in terms of the Employment Equity Act. By applying for this position at the CSIR, the applicant understands, and agrees that the CSIR may solicit a credit and criminal report from registered credit bureau and/or South African Police Services (in relation to positions that requires trust and honesty and/or entail the handling of cash or finances), and may also verify the applicants educational qualification 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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