Cape Town
Posted 1 year ago

Type of employment: Contract Intermediate position (2 positions)

Salary range: Undisclosed

Closing date: 31 March, 2021



About the Position

SARAO’s Science Processing Division have vacancies for two (2) Software Developers to join the team and you shall report to the Manager: Science Processing.

The main purpose of these roles are as follows:

The Software Developers are part of a development team building the MeerKAT, MeerKAT Extension and the Square Kilometre (SKA) telescopes’ Science Data Processors. The science processing developers will be involved in different areas of development, ranging from systems engineering to development to testing.

Desirable additional educational, work experience, and personal qualities: Education and skills:

  • An post-graduate qualification in engineering, applied sciences or related management


  • Experience working on Linux operating systems
  • Experience developing software and systems in Python, C or JAVA
  • Experience in systems analysis and engineering
  • Experience working with formal project management and agile practices and methods
  • Experience working with data processing or backend systems
  • Experience in technology research, technology development and maturation towards production readiness
  • Experience in scientific systems development, preferably in radio astronomy

Personal qualities:

  • Ability to effectively transfer knowledge and skills to other team members
  • A clear and methodical approach to problem solving
  • A high attention to detail, excellent organization skills
  • Good communication skills, written and verbal
  • Eagerness to learn new things or self-development towards a technical specialization

About The Employer:

The South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) spearheads South Africa’s activities in the Square Kilometre Array Radio Telescope, commonly known as the SKA, in engineering, science and construction. SARAO is a National Facility managed by the National Research Foundation and incorporates radio astronomy instruments and programmes such as the MeerKAT and KAT-7 telescopes in the Karoo, the Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory (HartRAO) in Gauteng, the African Very Long Baseline Interferometry (AVN) programme in nine African countries as well as the associated human capital development and commercialisation endeavours. As a business unit of the NRF, SARAO is committed to employment equity and redress SARAO reserves the right to amend and/or withdraw adverts at any time without notification.

Minimum Education and Work Experience Required:

  • B. Eng. / B. Sc. / B. Tech. or higher in Applied Science or Engineering with a software focus or related field


A minimum of 5 years’ post-undergraduate experience, coupled with further education or training in computing. The experience has to be in more than two of:

  • Software development,
  • Systems analysis and engineering,
  • Software testing, qualification, and incident management,
  • DevOps,
  • Infrastructure integration and operations,
  • Production and operations

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