Archives Developer – SARAO, Cape Town

Cape Town
Posted 6 months ago

Temporary position

Closing Date: 8 January 2019

Market Related salary



About the Position

SARAO has an exciting opportunity for an Archives Developer to join our team based in Cape Town. The successful incumbent will be responsible for data storage, archive platform development and support for the MeerKAT telescope.


Minimum education requirement:

  • National Diploma in Engineering, Computer Science or a related field with a minimum of 7 years’ experience


  • 4-year degree or higher in Engineering, Computer Science or related field with 5 years’ experience

Minimum work experience required:

  • 5 years’ experience in IT Infrastructure Development and Engineering, with experience in storage appliances, RAID, large scale file systems, and SDLC

Desirable additional educational, work experience, and personal qualities:

  • Linux environment experience (advantageous)

Duties include (but not limited to):

  • Assist with implementing the SDP storage and archive competency
  • Contribute to building the archive platform for the MeerKAT telescope
  • Contribute to the development of the CEPH solution within the SDP subsystem
  • Assist with developing efficient data push solutions for delivery of data to external stakeholders
  • Assist with the development and integration of the tape library into the SDP archive solution

The ideal candidate will have the following competencies:

Ability to:

  • communicate effectively (written and verbal)
  • display analytical and problem-solving capability
  • display a desire to continuously learn, problem solve and acquire new skills with cutting edge technology

Experience in:

  • agile approach to work
  • Git and code repositories
  • task management solutions such as JIRA and Trello

Knowledge of:

  • managing own work, activities and deliverables
  • or exposure to large scale file systems, preferably CEPH
  • or exposure to tape libraries and tape solutions
  • or exposure to redundant storage solutions
  • or exposure to databases and database management systems
  • or exposure to file transfer solutions, crawlers and batch processing solutions
  • at least one scripted language, preferably Python

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: Permanent

SARAO reserves the right to amend and/or withdraw adverts at any time without notification


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