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Masters Scholarships At CSIR

The CSIR has Masters Scholarships in the Global Change competence area, within the Natural Resources and the Environment (NRE) Unit.

Masters Scholarships:Earth Systems Science: Oceans and Climate

The scholarships are in a range of disciplines that address the research needs of earth systems science with a focus on the oceans, which includes research in physics, marine biology, chemistry, mathematics, statistics, computer science, oceanography, biological sciences and engineering.

These opportunities will be based in Cape Town.

Research domains:

Ocean Physics: Surface ocean physical dynamics of the Southern Ocean, links between fine scale dynamics and large-scale climate sensitivities.
Ocean Carbon – Climate and CO2 – The coupling between physics and biogeochemistry that leads to a better understanding of the links between CO2 and Climate.
Ocean Biogeochemistry: Phytoplankton primary production in relation to Fe and light availability
Ocean Iron: Analytical techniques in performing high precision trace metal analysis
Ocean Bio-optics: Research towards the development of new and improved ocean colour algorithms for the Southern Ocean.
Computational Oceanography/Numerical Modelling: Evaluating Southern Ocean model simulations using high performance computing, computer skills in model performance, dataset analysis and visualisation.

Qualifications, skills and experience:

  • An Honours degree in biological sciences, computer science, statistics, oceanography, mathematics, physics, chemistry, engineering.
  • Basic computer science and coding experience (e.g. Matlab / Python) will be advantageous.
  • An understanding of basic statistics for the processing of large datasets will be advantageous.
  • Knowledge/familiarity with performing data processing, analysis and visualisation on Matlab or Python beneficial
  • Effective communication skills (oral, written and presentation)
  • Be independent and able to work under pressure.
  • Applicants must attach the following documents:
  • Copies of academic results for all tertiary education
  • CV (highlighting relevant skills and experience) and a cover letter


Opportunity Closing Date: 
Saturday, March 31, 2018
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