Job Openings for Senior Software Engineers at SARAO

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The South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) software engineering division has vacancies for three Senior Software Engineers. Thus, upon employment, successful candidates will report to the Functional Manager: Software.

Job description

The main purpose of these roles are as follows:

  • Prototyping and software development of the telescope operational software. Successful candidates may encounter all stages of the full software development life-cycle.
  • Provide hands-on technical support in the system administration of the hardware platforms, deployment environments and processing. This may include site visits to the Karoo.
  • Collaborate with departmental stakeholders to support engineering, commissioning, operations and early science activities.
  • Assist in maturing 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 the development of project schedules and activities.
  • Participate in the development of budgets and cost/benefit analysis for compliance with project procurement policies.
  • Make technical decisions independently without direction from the Technical lead.
  • Develop a deep understanding of version control to the point of being able to help out junior and software engineers.
  • Innovate independently towards improving the software.

Desirable additional educational, work experience, and personal qualities:

  • Understanding and experience in the 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 and software development processes. Furthermore, a willingness to participate in improving software development processes and 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

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

Experience

  • Quality assurance processes and software development processes.
  • Programming in the Python programming language.
  • Development, testing, deployment, commissioning, release and supporting large scale projects.
  • Developing applications targeted for the Linux operating system.
  • Implementation of project management and system engineering principles.
  • Test-driven development and integration testing techniques, methodologies and frameworks; and supporting systems

Knowledge

  • Modern software collaboration tools such as Github, Containers, Google Drive, JIRA.
  • Python programming language.

Desired Skills

  • Engineering Software
  • C++

For more information on the opening, please visit SARAO’s website.

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