SARAO is Hiring a Software Engineer

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The South African Radio Observatory(SARAO) is recruiting a software engineer on a permanent contract. The successful candidate will be part of the development team at the facility in Cape Town, Western Cape, to work as part of the team writing the software that controls and monitors the telescopes. The successful candidate will also join the team to research and evaluate requirements for existing and new software applications and to test, maintain, research, elevate, and develop software solutions to meet the requirements.

Key Responsibilities
  • 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.
  • Assist 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 the development of project schedules and activities.
  • Participate in the development of budgets and cost/benefit analysis for compliance with project procurement policies.
Key Requirements
Qualification
  • B.Tech/B.Sc (Comp Sci) with 5+ years; OR
  • B.Eng/B.Sc Hons (Comp Sci) with 4+ years; OR
  • M.Eng/M.Eng/M.Sc (Comp Sci) with 2+ years; OR
  • Engineering (with a software focus) or related field
Experience
  • Experience in AngularJS, websockets, RESTful APIs and back-end systems developed using the Python programming language.
  • Experience in programming in the Python programming language.
  • Experience in prototyping and development, including, testing, deployment, commissioning, release and support of large-scale projects.
  • 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.
  • Experience in the implementation of project management and system engineering principles.
Knowledge
  • Modern software collaboration tools such as Github, Containers, Google Drive, JIRA etc.
Additional Notes

The applicant should have the following skills/abilities/competencies:

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

How to Apply

Applicants should submit a comprehensive CV here before 9 November 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 a 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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