Research Associate (3 year contract) - REASS062018
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Number of Openings

Job Title

Research Associate (3 year contract)

Salary Package

R400 000.00 - R450 000.00



Job Description

To work with CNSS and partners institutions to scope and develop research in various collaborative areas of NNR interest; and where necessary, to develop new research methods in a way that can assist NNR to perform independent verification


  • NQF Level 9 or NQF Level 10 specializing in Earth or Natural Sciences completed within the last 3 years
  • Research methodologies and experience in radon detection, measurements, data analysis and interpretation.
  • Minimum of 1-3 years of research experience
  • Proficiency in MS Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Outlook, Microsoft Project)
  • Statistical Analysis (Using Excel any other available software) and Database
  • Knowledge of research techniques and methodology
  • Ability to present complex information effectively to a range of audiences
    Commitment to high quality research

Duties and Responsibilities

Research & Scholarship 

  • Develop research objectives and proposals for own or collaborative research
  • Conduct individual and collaborative research projects
  • Write up research work for publication or other means of dissemination
  • Develop and maintain research databases
  • Translate knowledge of advances in the subject area into research activity  


  • Deal with routine communication using a range of media
  • Communicate complex information, orally, in writing and electronically
  • Prepare proposals and applications to external bodies, eg for funding and contractual purposes
  • Communicate material of a specialist or highly technical nature

Initiative,Problem-solving and Decision making 

  • Identifies the breadth and scope of decisions, the level of autonomy and review, and any specific guidelines used to make those decisions, i.e. research protocols, computer models etc.
  • Use creativity to analyze and interpret research data and draw conclusions on the outcomes
  • Contribute to collaborative decision making with colleagues in areas of research

Liaison & Networking 

  • Liaise with colleagues and external stakeholders
  • Build internal contacts and participate in internal networks for the exchange of information and to form relationships for future collaboration
  • Join external networks to share information and identify potential sources of funds

Contribute to Business Unit Development 

  • Assist in developing educational materials and programs for CNSS
  • Assist with development of CNSS processes and procedures
  • Participate in any other ad hoc projects related to the development of the organization

Skills and Competencies


  • Proficiency in MS Office ( Word,Excel , Powerpoint, Outlook, Microsoft Project)
  • Statistical analysis ( using Excel or any other available software) & database management
  • Kowledge of research techniques and methodologies
  • Ability to present complex information effectively to a range of audiences
  • Commitment to high quality research
  • Good oral and written communication.
  • Problem solving
  • Ability to work collaboratively and as part of a team
  • Commitment to high quality research
  • Good Oral and written communication
  • Problem solving
  • Ability to work collaboratively and as part of a team


Equity Statement

Appointment will be subjected to a positive security and medical assessment being obtained. Applications should indicate in the application whether they agree to being subjected to a security vetting and medical assessment process. The Appointment of candidates is at sole discretion of the NNR in accordance with its Employment Equity, the NNR takes cognizance of affirmative action in its selection and appointment processes. Should you not hear from us within 30 days after the closing date, please consider your application unsuccessful. Enquiries should be directed to Ms Duduzile Mlotshwa on 012 674 7100.