The purpose of this role is to complete an MSc degree, within a two year period, based on the technical needs of the Material Characterisation section of the National Metrology Institute of South Africa (NMISA). The Material Characterisation Laboratory is a state-of-the-art surface characterisation facility, focusing on method development and method validation for materials characterisation.

This is a solid state physics based MSc project in collaboration with the University of Western Cape. The project will focus on the material synthesis and developing traceable characterisation methods for analysing materials that may be used to overcome barriers to the industrialisation of the hot-wire chemical vapour deposition technique.

The application of nanostructured materials promises to be a major contributor to the advancement of South Africa’s industry. In particular, photovoltaics based on nanostructured materials are ideal from a South African point of view due to their promise to be a low cost, high efficient alternative to the traditionally more expensive crystalline silicon solar cell systems. Regardless of the technological challenges associated with industrial scale synthesis of most nanomaterials, there is still a need to develop reliable measurement methods traceable to the national measurement standards for nanosciences and nanotechnology, which is crucial from an industrial viewpoint. Furthermore, overcoming challenges into upscaling promising deposition techniques for industrial scale synthesis is vital for the South African industry.

- Honour’s degree in Solid State Physics/Physics with Materials Science with a final pass mark of 60 %.
- Sound knowledge of Materials Science.
- Basic knowledge of Surface and Structure Analytical techniques such as XRD and SEM.
- Proficient in MS Office

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualities and competencies:
- Strong attention to details and deadline conscious
- Enthusiastic and self-motivated
- Good reasoning ability focused on problem solving with independent, proactive action
- Good planning and organising skills with analytical approach to work tasks
- Compliant in order to follow organisational and laboratory rules such as policies and procedures
- Honesty and ethical behaviour is of the utmost importance when delivering on assigned tasks within the NMISA
- Ability to function within a team to achieve a common goal

The successful candidate will be expected to register with the University of Western Cape; the studentships include full-time work on the project at the NMISA’s laboratory in Pretoria with time allocated for interaction with academic institutions. Full payment of tuition fees as prescribed by the university.

Please note:
The NMISA subscribes to and applies the principles prescribed by the Employment Equity Act. Preference will be given to candidates who meet the requirements and who will add to the cultural and gender diversity of the organisation.
Interested and suitably qualified persons may forward a comprehensive CV and scanned copies of qualifications as well as ID to or fax 086 266 5529. Clearly indicate which position you are applying for. Closing date for applications: 06 February 2015.

Only South Africa citizens will be considered. Correspondence will be limited to short-listed candidates only.

By applying for this position at the NMISA, the applicant understands, consents and agrees that the NMISA may solicit a credit and criminal report from a registered credit bureau and/or the SAPS in relation to positions that require trust and honesty and/or entails the handling of cash or finances and may also verify the applicant’s educational qualifications and employment history