Vacation Work Opportunity at CSIR

By on May 13, 2016
The CSIR has Vacation Work opportunities in the Integrative Systems, Technologies and Platforms Competency (ISTP) within Meraka Institute and Information Security (IS) within Modelling and Digital Science (MDS) operating unit. The vacation work programme is designed to provide students with experience and understanding of research and development and the implementation thereof in projects with a strong focus in science, engineering, technology and mathematics. These opportunities are based in Pretoria.

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 ISPT Competency area seeks to leverage information and communication technologies towards making a lasting impact on important global developmental issues such as education and health care. The area has established various initiatives towards human capital development. Most recently the Data Science for Impact and Decision Enhancement (DSIDE) program was introduced. The information security (IS) Competency area focuses on the processes, methodologies and techniques used to protect information from unauthorised access. The major drive towards the establishment of this competency revolves around the need to develop a capability on information security systems. This is also driven by the need for research and development (R&D) of technologies that can be deployed locally to secure state information without reliance on imported technologies that can be maliciously used to acquire critical information through deliberate or unintended back doors.

The DSIDE program is an intensive twelve week program (4 weeks in June and 8 weeks in December and January) that places students into multi-disciplinary teams working on real world problems from ICT-related fields. Mentors from the CSIR data science practitioner community will provide guidance and support on all projects. The goal of the DSIDE program is to give students an opportunity to solve a real problem in a real context and to give partners an opportunity to tap the skills and ingenuity of a student team. Some problems have been solved under the visual analytic framework with the goal of letting the data tell the story of “What happened”, “Where”, “How”, and “When”. Teams will comprise of technical expertise and public policy expertise, for a truly interdisciplinary approach. Problems will come from domains such as education, social media, transportation, energy, smart urban development, government policy making, etc.


  • Currently enrolled third and fourth year students studying towards a Bachelor’s degree in engineering, computer science, statistics, applied maths, economics, public policy, graphic design and journalism with good academic standing;
  • Ability to identifying patterns, solve problems have an analytic mind and be hardworking
  • Strong software development skills.
  • Applicants must be South African citizens.

How to apply

Closing date is 03 June 2016

All applications must be accompanied by the following documents:

  • Certified copies of tertiary qualifications
  • Certified copy of the latest academic record
  • Certified copy of an Identity Document
  • Copy of CV (1 page highlighting past experiences and academic work related to the position)

Should you meet the above requirements, please email your CV to with your name and surname, position title and reference number on the subject line, (e.g. John Smith: Vacation Work: Reference No:306728).

Via – CSIR

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