Software Engineer

Posted 6 days ago

Permanent Intermediate EE position Market Related salary

About the Position SARAO has an excellent career opportunity in our Engineering Software division for a Software Engineer. The primary responsibility for Software Engineering with a focus on user interface development. The successful incumbent will report to the Functional Manager: Software.

Minimum education required:

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

Minimum work experience required:

  • 5+ years of experience in a software engineering environment, preferably in an engineering development project environment with a strong GUI software focus
  • experience in specification, evaluation, design, development, testing, deployment, commissioning, release and support of Graphical User Interfaces
  • technical knowledge of development in Linux operating systems (experience in system administration of such will be beneficial)
  • technical experience in architecture design and development of large software projects (experience with control and monitoring will be beneficial).
  • A relevant Masters’ degree will be considered equivalent to 3 years of experience.

Job specification:

  • Prototyping and software development od the telescope graphical user interfaces (all stages off the full software development life-cycle may be encountered) from requirement analysis, architectural input, software design and development, to testing, integration and deployment
  • Provide hands-on technical support in the system administration of the GUI 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/
  • Assist in maturing of software development and quality assurance processes towards greater standardisation 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
  • These tasks will be re-evaluated on an on-going basis and may change according to the needs of the project.

Desirable additional education, work exp. & personal qualities:

  • Knowledge of front-end technologies such as AngularJS, web sockets, RESTful APIs and back-end systems developed using the Python programming language will be beneficial
  • 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

  • work in a team
  • work without supervision
  • programming of device drivers under linux
  • programming embedded software


  • willingness to participate in improving software development processes and software quality procedures
  • experience with test-driven development and integration testing techniques, methodologies and frameworks; and supporting systems
  • development, testing, deployment, commissioning, release


  • system engineering


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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