Software Engineer at National Research Foundation

Posted 3 weeks ago

Type of employment: Contract (5years)

Closing date: 16 September 2020

 

 

About the Position

SARAO has an exciting opportunity for a Software Engineer to join our Control and Monitoring Software team. The primary responsibility is software engineering. The successful incumbent will report to the Functional Manager: Software.

The Role The Project Manager for the SKA1 MID Telescope Infrastructure will represent the SKA Organisation in South Africa with regard to the delivery of the infrastructure for the MID telescope. Specifically the Project Manager will prepare the contract for and directly manage the professional team appointed under a NEC Professional Services Contract (PSC) to tender and deliver multiple MID Infrastructure NEC4 contracts. These contracts will deliver a temporary construction camp area, permanent roads, dish antenna platforms and foundations, power distribution and fibre networks, upgrades to existing buildings, telescope site monitoring equipment and new security assets. The Project Manager will be a member of the SKA Infrastructure team at the SKAO HQ and will therefore initially be based in the UK. The Project Manager will report to the Project Manager SKA Infrastructure and will be a member of the SKA Project Management Team and the SKA MID Site Management Team. Within the SKA Organisation, the successful applicant will work closely with other project managers, engineers, scientists and operations planners. He/she will work as part of a matrixed team. After the aforementioned initial period in the UK the Project Manager will transfer to South Africa either in Johannesburg where the South African infrastructure team are mainly based, or in Cape Town where the majority of the South African Host Country staff are based.  

Minimum education required:

  • B.Tech/B.Sc (Comp Sci)

Job specification:

  • Prototyping and software development of the telescope operational software (all stages of the full software development life-cycle may be encountered).
  • Provide hands-on technical support in the system administration of the hardware platforms, deployment environments and processing, which may include site visits to the Karoo.
  • Collaborate with departmental stakeholders to support engineering, commissioning, operations and science activities.
  • Assist in maturing of software development and quality assurance processes towards greater standardization and improved long term maintainability and robustness.
  • Facilitate coding standard compliance and code reviews, which include mentoring junior engineers.
  • Compile document sets.
  • Provide project management and progress reporting input as required by the Functional Manager and for team communication.
  • Participate in development of project schedules and activities.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Understanding and experience in implementation of project management and system engineering principles.
  • Experience with test-driven development and integration testing techniques, methodologies and frameworks; and supporting systems like revision control and build systems.
  • Experience with quality assurance processes and software development processes and willingness to participate in improving software development processes and software quality procedures.
  • Willingness to play a leading role in mentoring juniors.
  • Ability both to work independently and be a good team player.
  • Ability to participate and thrive in a collaborative environment.
  • Self-motivated and an ability and willingness to self-train and up-skill independently.
  • Keen attention to detail.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.

The ideal candidate will have the following competencies: Ability

  • To work independently and be a good team player
  • Participate and thrive in a collaborative environment
  • Communicate effectively (written and verbal)
  • Troubleshoot issues methodically

Experience

  • Experience in Prototyping and development, including, testing, deployment, commissioning, release and support of large scale projects
  • Experience in programming in Python or C/C++ programming language
  • Experience with quality assurance processes and software development processes and willingness to participate in improving software development proces
  • Experience with test-driven development and integration testing techniques, methodologies and frameworks; and supporting systems like revision control

Knowledge

  • Modern software collaboration tools such as Github, Containers, Google Drive, JIRA etc

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 Type of employment: Contract (5years) SARAO reserves the right to amend and/or withdraw adverts at any time without notification.

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