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CSIR Earth Systems Science Internship – Ocean and Climate


The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), located in Rosebank, Cape Town, is offering an outstanding Earth Systems Science Internship for motivated individuals

passionate about ocean and climate research. This full-time, temporary position is part of the Southern Ocean Carbon-Climate Observatory (SOCCO) programme, aimed at accelerating socio-economic prosperity in South Africa through cutting-edge scientific research and technological development.

Earth Systems Science Internship Overview

  • Job ID313719
  • LocationRosebank, Cape Town (Hybrid)
  • DepartmentOcean Systems and Climate
  • Closing Date25/06/2024

About the CSIR

The CSIR is a leading scientific and technology research organisation that focuses on research, development, localisation, and diffusion of technologies to support industrial development and a capable state in South Africa. By joining CSIR, you will contribute to impactful research that drives socio-economic growth and industrial innovation.

About the Earth Systems Science Internship

The CSIR annually offers linked Internship-Studentships through SOCCO, an interdisciplinary programme hosted by Smart Places. These internships cover a range of disciplines addressing the research needs of earth systems science, focusing on ocean carbon dynamics. Successful interns will have the opportunity to qualify for the studentship programme, apply for an NRF bursary, and gain admission to a university. These opportunities are based in Cape Town.

Focus Areas

  • Ocean Biogeochemistry: Study of phytoplankton primary production in relation to varying nutrients, temperature, and light.
  • Ocean Physics-Carbon: Examination of the physical dynamics of the Southern Ocean and their influence on CO2 flux, and the links between fine-scale dynamics and large-scale carbon-climate sensitivities.


To qualify for the Earth Systems Science Internship at CSIR, candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Education: An Honours degree in biological sciences, computer science, statistics, oceanography, mathematics, physics, or chemistry.
  • Skills:
    • Basic computer science and coding experience (e.g., Matlab/Python) is advantageous.
    • Understanding of basic statistics for processing large datasets is advantageous.
    • Knowledge of data processing, analysis, and visualisation on Python is beneficial.
    • Effective communication skills (oral, written, and presentation).
    • Ability to work independently and under pressure.

Application Process

  • Feedback: Only shortlisted candidates will receive feedback.
  • Inquiries: For more information, email Please do not send applications to this email address; it is for inquiries only.
  • To apply click on the linkApply Here

The CSIR is an equal opportunity employer, committed to the Employment Equity Act. Preference will be given to candidates from designated groups in accordance with the Employment Equity Act. By applying for this position, applicants consent to CSIR soliciting a credit and criminal report from registered credit bureaus and/or the South African Police Services, as well as verifying educational qualifications and employment history.

This Earth Systems Science Internship at CSIR is a unique opportunity to gain invaluable experience in ocean and climate research. By working with the Southern Ocean Carbon-Climate Observatory, you will be at the forefront of scientific discovery, contributing to essential research that supports environmental sustainability and socio-economic development in South Africa.