Principal Engineer: Water Nanotechnology
Mintek is seeking a highly skilled, detail-oriented Chemical Engineer to join the Water Nanotechnology Unit within the Nanotechnology Group. The position entails the development of nano-enabled adsorption and filtration technologies for water and wastewater remediation. Using her/his skill set, the candidate will work with the team to manage and conduct technology and product development activities in support of commercialization of new products for application in water and wastewater treatment.
KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS:
Conduct technology and product development for application in water and wastewater treatment. The tasks include (but not limited to) process designing and engineering, scaling-up, techno economic evaluations, prototype designing and validation processes
Plan methodology, equipment, material requirements and implement laboratory operations for the purpose of developing products and fabrication procedures that meet cost, product specification, and performance standards
Analyse the root cause of a wide variety of failures related to issues arising in product development and validation processes
Review new product plans and make recommendations for material selection based on design objectives
Generate complete data sets from raw data including error checking and data validation and compile report-ready results and a thorough interpretation leading to valid and well supported conclusions and recommendations.
Prepare and monitor project plans and budgets and produce professional reports, peer-reviewed papers and presentations for local and international conferences
Contribute to the innovation outputs (ie. technologies, prototypes, products, and patents) of the Division
Provide mentorship and training to Group members and promote competence, confidence, discipline and harmony within the Group.
Engage with industry and identify needs of clients, assist in identifying opportunities for technology development and commercialisation
Ensure long-term sustainability of projects by ensuring innovative and relevant R&D is undertaken to produce commercially viable new technologies and products
Ensure the Group maintains the highest level of competence in the area of Nanotechnology in water treatment thereby ensuring the Unit provides solutions to water related challenges in the country
Assist the Group Head and the Unit Leader in providing technical expertise and direction to the Unit in conceptualising and the commercialization of water treatment products and services
Devise commercial strategies and draft targets, have the targets approved for the Unit, and ensure that adequate work is done and progress achieved to meet them.
Obtain sufficient business from and in collaboration with the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), other government entities (TIA, DTIC, IDC, etc.) and different industries by providing and promoting national competitive expertise
Plan and write proposals aimed at bringing revenue and ensuring sustainability of the Unit which includes participation in discussions with clients or internal co-ordinators or specialists or external funding applications.
Supervise postgraduate students
Build collaborations with universities and other research institutes for academic modelling projects and postgraduate student support
Must stay up to date and informed at an expert technical level with technology and business in the areas of the Division’s work
Ensure continuous growth and the provision of specialised training of junior staff to ensure that the professional skills are acquired to develop, deliver and support advanced process control products and technologies.
Ensure that SHEQ procedures are strictly adhered to and that project work is executed with maximum overall technical efficiency
JOB KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Minimum of 5 years’ relevant research involvement and outputs in a R&D environment.
At least 3 years’ experience in process design and product development.
Experience in managing engineering-related projects and in continuous improvement methodology will be an added advantage
Experience in managing small-to-medium research projects and a team of professionals and or proven track record of postgraduate students supervision.
Ability to manage projects and contracts through the entire project life-cycle (i.e. Initiation, planning, budgeting, execution, control, reporting, and close-out)
Competent knowledge of current trends and best practices in product development.
Experience in compiling applications for research grants both locally and internationally.
Leadership skills and experience of supervising researchers are essential
MSc in Chemical Engineering, Process Engineering, Materials Engineering, and related fields is a requirement
PhD will be advantageous
Registration with ECSA is a requirement
Good managerial and leadership skills
Be able to work under pressure
Excellent organising and administration skills
Ability to use influence and persuasion to further the Group’s goals to internal and external stakeholders
Effective communication of work, plans, and progress using written and verbal communication
Ability to efficiently manage and prioritize multiple projects and coordinate material exchanges with end users
Ability to network at a high level and have good technical acumen.
Must be willing to travel both locally and internationally.