Closing Date: 31 July 2012

The CSIR invites applications from students wishing to register for undergraduate
(from first year onwards) and Honours studies for the 2013 academic year
in the following fields:

  • Electronic engineering
  • Computer engineering
  • Computer science
  • Systems engineering
  • Industrial engineering
  • Radar and electronic warfare
  • Explosive event and impact
  • Intelligent software systems
  • Information systems
  • Software development networking
  • Information security
  • Information communications
  • HPC engineering
  • Programming
  • Software development
  • Computational space
  • Astrophyics
  • Knowledge representation
  • Ontology engineering
  • Computer vision
  • Complex adaptive systems
  • Modelling and optimisation
  • Health architectures
  • Physics
  • Automatic speech recognition
  • Speech synthesis
  • Speaker verification
  • Spoken dialog systems and interactive voice response systems
  • Natural language processing
  • Linguistic aspects of South African languages
  • relevant to speech technologies (e.g. tone and intonation)
  • Speech-driven applications (such as multilingual telephone-based services; directory enquiry systems; audio search applications; computer-assisted language learning, etc.)
  • Telephony platforms
  • Statistical pattern recognition, artificial intelligence and machine learning
  • Powder metallurgy
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Climate change
  • Environmental sciences (with mathematics as a major)
  • Environmental sciences (with social science/governance background)
  • Remote sensing
  • Sustainability sciences
  • Biodiversity studies
  • Limnology
  • Atmospheric sciences (with modelling capability)
  • Microbiology (environmental background and not biochemistry)
  • Coastal engineering/science


  • Be South African citizens
  • Be enrolled or planning to enrol at a South African tertiary education institution during 2013
  • Be willing to work in a diverse environment
  • Have an average of 65% for the current academic year
  • Be interested in pursuing a research career


  • Latest academic results
  • Copy of your identity document
  • Copy of your CV.

Should you meet the above requirements, Please apply online on our Careers website,
Job opening number for undergraduate bursary: 301273
Job opening number for Honours bursary: 301274

You will be required to complete the online questionnaire and attach the required documentation. If applying by fax or post, kindly request a bursary application template from Recruitment Centre on the following e-mail address [email protected] or call 012 841 4774.
Kindly fax your completed application and supporting documents, clearly indicating the reference number to 012 841 3951 or mail to Recruitment Centre, PO Box 395, Pretoria, 0001.
Communication will only be made with shortlisted candidates.
Should you experience any problems in submitting your application, please contact the CSIR Recruitment Centre at [email protected].

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. Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted within a month of the closing date and that the CSIR reserves the right not to appoint if a suitable candidate is not identified.