SARAO is Hiring a SKA Mid – Senior Electrical Engineer


The South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) is hiring a SKA mid – senior electrical engineer on a permanent contract. The successful candidate will report to the SKA MID Telescope Engineering Manager at the facility in Cape Town, Western Cape.

Key Responsibilities
  • Legal appointment as GMR2 in terms of OSHA (1993);
  • Ensure the availability and reliability of the electrical plant through effective planning, maintenance, and repairs per standards, procedures, policies, directives and work practices;
  • Oversee the construction, from a client perspective, related to the establishment, upgrades and expansion of the electrical network both in the Karoo as well as Cape Town (if required);
  • Oversee maintenance and repairs of electrical distribution equipment;
  • Assume professional responsibility for providing proven specialist/technical expertise and leading a diverse team and resources, including external suppliers/stakeholders, to achieve relevant objectives;
  • Lead a team of engineers/technicians to develop solution(s) to fulfil requirements at subsystem and system levels and take professional responsibility for these solutions;
  • Innovate and perform parallel trade studies toward providing optimal solutions – including compliance with relevant statutory laws and regulations;
  • Assume accountability for meeting all requirements associated with the electrical power system to enable overall organisational (or system level) objectives to be achieved. This may also include ensuring that construction activities are carried out per the design (NEC4 Supervisor Duties);
  • Make technical and operational decisions independently of higher level authority based on sound knowledge of organisational processes, directives and guidelines and applicable laws; and
  • Mentor team members and transfer specific technical knowledge.
Key requirements
  • B. Tech with 13 years of working experience, OR
  • B. Eng/BSc. Eng/MTech with nine years of working experience, OR
  • MEng with seven years experience, OR
  • PhD with five years of experience.


  • Government Certificate of Competency (GCC) in Electrical Engineering
  • Registered with ECSA either PR.ENG or PR.Tech or PR cert Eng.
  • Experience in the construction, operation, maintenance and repair of Electrical Distribution systems and renewable energy installations, up to and including 132 kV;
  • Preferably come from a consulting engineering background;
  • Previous experience on multi-disciplinary projects (Conceptual Stage to Construction Close-out);
  • Held position of responsibility and accountability for designs and project delivery;
  • Experienced with complete project lifecycle from inception to close-out;
  • Experience of working in the Karoo is desirable;
  • Construction of major electrical projects covering large geographical areas; and
  • Renewable energy installation and designs, particularly solar PV and Battery Energy Storage Systems.
Project Management
  • Monitoring and reporting technical progress and cost against project schedules, risk identification, planning, management and reporting analysis and development, implementation, and control of risk mitigation strategies where applicable;
  • Facilitation of effective communication and workflow both internally and externally;
  • Monitoring and management of project appointed consulting engineers, construction contractors, design engineers or specialists;
  • Change control;
  • Input to work package status reporting; and
  • Ensuring that costs are contained, and options are chosen to reduce costs without degrading performance.
  • Radio astronomy infrastructure projects; and
  • Karoo environmental conditions and communities.
Additional Notes

Ability to:

  • display problem-solving skills;
  • display excellent interpersonal skills;
  • work independently as well as in a team environment;
  • handle multiple tasks concurrently; and
  • communicate effectively in English (both written and verbally).
Organisational Values

The SKA-Mid Senior Electrical Engineer will be expected to demonstrate the SARAO and SKAO’s values and to work actively to instil those behaviours in all SKA-Mid staff in South Africa.

SKAO’s values are:

  • Diversity and inclusion;
  • Excellence;
  • Collaboration;
  • Creativity and innovation; and
  • Sustainability.

SARAO’s values are:

  • Passion for excellence;
  • World-class service;
  • People-centred;
  • Respect;
  • Integrity and ethics; and
  • Accountability.

SARAO and SKAO value and respect differences and are committed to building an inclusive culture by creating an environment where employees can balance a successful career with their commitments and interests outside work. In addition, SARAO believes that you will do your best at work if you have a work/life balance.

How to Apply

Applicants should submit a comprehensive CV here before  18 October 2022. Furthermore, applicants should include a letter of motivation indicating their suitability for the position in their applications. In addition, the applicants must provide at least three referees’ names and contact details.

South Africa’s National Research Foundation (NRF) offers a challenging career and competitive remuneration package commensurate with qualifications and experience. Also, the NRF is committed to employment equity and redress, and appointments to the position will align with the NRF Employment Equity Plan. In addition, the NRF reserves the right not to make an appointment and will send correspondence to short-listed candidates only.

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