CSIR: SCSR Laboratory Internship Programme 2021

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research or CSIR is calling on suitable graduates to send in their application to qualify for its Self-Contained Self-Rescuer (SCSR) Internship Programme offering for the 2020 financial year.

Established in 1945 by the South African Parliament, the CSIR sees to it that the yearly grant given to the Department of Science and Technology by Parliament is utilized to fund knowledge generation, skills enhancement and scientific infrastructure. Other sources of funding come from contract research for the private and public sectors (both local and overseas) as well as from royalties, dividends and licenses provided by commercial companies and intellectual property management created by the CSIR.

The Institute has shown a substantial growth with its research output, added value to society and transformation of its staff throughout its years of operation.

CSIR-SCSR Laboratory Internship Programme

The SCSR lab is the only authorized testing facility in South Africa to conduct functional performance monitoring and testing of this Self-Contained Self-Rescuer equipment. SCSRs are critical protective equipment made to protect underground miners from inhaling hazardous materials during the course of an emergency escape.

The duties and responsibilities of the successful intern include, but will not be limited to:

  • Perform leak testing on SCSRs
  • Conduct SCSR set up and detect operational state (in terms of safety) of lung breathing equipment
  • Calibrate lung breathing simulators and gas analyzers
  • Conduct thorough inspection of such breathing simulators and gas analyzers
  • Thoroughly inspect the SCSRs prior to testing
  • Make sure test data is accurate
  • Record/document all testing results
  • Collect and organize test graphs and certificates
  • Perform structural tests on SCSRs
  • Adhere to good lab practices and lab housekeeping
  • Help contribute to creating and maintaining a safe and healthy workspace
  • Provide assistance to co-workers with other lab works as needed
  • Provide assistance with relevant admin work
  • Adhere to QMS, ISO 9001 standards, DMR regulations, SANAS requirements and customer needs
  • Clean and maintain lab equipment during downtime
  • Make sure all measuring equipment is calibration is accurate

Who should apply?

Candidates who meet the following minimum eligibility requirements are highly encouraged to apply:

  • Holds a National Diploma in Mechanical Engineering
  • 12 months of work experience obtained from a mechanical testing environment is an advantage
  • Good grasp of procedures and test methods
  • Great attention to detail
  • Able to deliver quality results under pressure
  • Takes ownership and responsibility
  • Computer literate with adequate MS Office skills
  • Solid oral and written communication skills
  • Some technical capacity to test software and learn how to operate equipment
  • Preferably with ISO 17025 training or actual work experience gained from an ISO 17025 accredited lab

How do I apply?

Click here to register an account to get started with the application process.

Application Deadline?

Applications will no longer be accepted by 30 June 2020. The application link may no longer be available on the said date.

Contact Information

For additional information, please get in touch with the CSIR Recruitment Centre at:

Tel. no: 012 841 4774




  • How long will it take to complete the internship?
    This internship opportunity runs for a period of 12 months.
  • Where will be the location of the internship?
    The internship will be held at CSIR’s Cottesloe facility in Johannesburg.
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