Join Space Advisory Company as a Software Engineer

Space Advisory Company

Space Advisory Company is a satellite programme and systems engineering bureau situated in Somerset West, South Africa. The company’s programme management and systems engineering expertise specialise in adding value to satellite programmes through facilitating solutions for customers on missions, systems and sub-system levels.

Job Summary (Purpose of the job):
Define, Build and Test software as part of an agile team working on the Square Kilometer Array project.

Minimum requirements:
B.Eng or B.Sc Comp. Sci. (minimum). Masters Degree preferred.

At least 5 years of software development experience in a science and engineering context (required). Preferably in high-performance computing (HPC), data-intensive computing or Radio Astronomy

The following skills are required:

  • Python 3 (working collaboratively, according to PEP 8 style guide)
  • Experience with distributed version control (specifically: git)
  • Working in an agile team using agile tools

The following skills are desirable:

  • Experience or academic background in Radio Astronomy or
    RF engineering
  • Experience with Python packages including SciPy, NumPy, Dask
  • Test driven development using Continuous Integration systems
    (e.g. Jenkins)
  • Other programming languages (e.g. Java, C++)
  • Experience with Cloud Computing Platforms (like OpenStack)
  • Risk Analysis, including FMEA.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with team members (incl Product Owner) to create and refine Stories and acceptance criteria.
  • Participate in creating iteration plans and team objectives and committing to these team objectives and plans.
  • Working with the Product Owner in the team to confirm that the code and acceptance tests reflect the desired functionality.
  • Software development using Python or other languages as necessary.
  • Conducting research, design, prototyping and other exploration activities.
  • Checking new code into the SKA/SDP source code repository.
  • Creating unit tests and automated acceptance tests.
  • Executing acceptance tests and maintaining the test cases in the SKA/SDP repository.
  • Continuous improvement of the team’s process.

Desired behavioural attributes:

  • Ability to see the big picture, yet get into the details
  • Intellectual curiosity – ability and desire to learn new things
  • Ability to make system-wide connections
  • Strong team member and leader
  • Comfortable with uncertainty and unknowns
  • Proper paranoia – expect the best, plan for the worst
  • Self-confidence and decisiveness (short of arrogance)
  • Appreciation for a process – rigour and knowing when to stop
  • Diverse technical skills – the ability to apply sound technical judgement
  • Comfortable with change
  • Good two-way communication

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