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Research Lead - Environomental Economist

Qualifications, skills and experience:
A Masters degree in sustainability science, environmental management, economics, waste management, environmental/chemical engineering, or related field;
A PhD is advantageous
A relevant professional registration is recommended;
At least ten years experience in applied research, development and innovation related to two or more of the following fields: integrated waste management, circular economy, green economy and sustainable development; as well as evidence of a national and international profile and associated network in these fields;
Specific expertise related to several of the following domains: sustainable consumption and production, life cycle thinking, macro-economic / development economics / environmental economics, behavioural change, sustainability science, systems thinking and/ or systems design for sustainability;
Illustrated experience with several of the following or similar tools: systems modelling, socio-economic impact assessment, macro-economic modelling (e.g., CGE modelling), financial modelling, feasibility studies, life cycle costing, life cycle assessment, product environmental foot printing, material flow analysis and or value chain analysis;
Experience in managing a multidisciplinary team of R&D staff with expertise across the natural and social sciences and engineering; with proven strategic leadership skills, and strong business and financial acumen;
Demonstrated capabilities in networking and business development, including building long-term relationships with clients;
Evidence of securing funding from public, private and international funders for undertaking multiple medium (~R2m p/a)- to large-scale ((R5m p/a) research and development projects; and leading and successfully delivering on these projects to completion;
Proven track record of research outputs, including contract research reports, peer-reviewed journal articles, conference presentations / papers, guidelines/ standards, decision-support models and tools;
Demonstrated experience in mentorship and/or supervision of students and/or junior researchers;
An understanding of the research-to-market 'innovation' value chain and evidence of bringing research outputs to the user to achieve real-life outcomes;
Experienced in facilitation, good interpersonal skills and a solution-seeking orientation.
Effective communication skills (oral, written, and presentation);
Programming and modelling software skills will be an advantage.
western cape, WC, ZA