Software Engineer x2 SARAO, Cape Town

Posted 8 months ago

Permanent position

Market Related salary

Closing Date: 14 November 2018


About the Position

SARAO has an exciting opportunity for two (2) Software Engineers to join our Cape Town based team. The primary responsibility of this role is software engineering with a focus on the Science Data Processing system.

Minimum education requirement:

  • NQF 6 or higher in Computer Science, Engineering (with software focus) or related field

Minimum work experience required:

  • 5+ years’ experience in a software engineering environment, preferably in an engineering development project with a strong software focus
  • Python programming language and experience in development, testing, deployment, commissioning, release and support of large scale projects in Python
  • Technical knowledge of development based on Linux operating systems
  • Technical experience in architecture design and development of large software projects (experience with science data processing systems will be beneficial)

Duties include (but not limited to):

  • 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 early science activities
  • Provide assistance 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
  • Participate in the development of budgets and cost/benefit analysis for compliance with project procurement policies

The ideal candidate will have the following competencies:

Ability to:

  • participate and thrive in a collaborative environment
  • both to work independently and be a good team player
  • troubleshoot issues methodically
  • communicate effectively (written and verbal)

Experience in:

  • developing applications targeted for the Linux operating system
  • programming in the Python programming language
  • test-driven development and integration testing techniques, methodologies and frameworks; supporting systems
  • development, testing, deployment, commissioning, release and support of large scale projects
  • quality assurance processes and software development processes
  • implementation of project management and system engineering principles


  • Python programming language
  • modern software collaboration tools such as Github, Container, Google Drive, JIRA

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

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