SARAO is Recruiting a Data Scientist


The South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) is looking to hire a data scientist on a permanent contract to work at its facility in Cape Town, Western Cape. The data scientist will be tasked with the responsibility of conducting research and developing novel radio interferometric calibration and imaging techniques & algorithms. In addition, the data scientist will implement these techniques in software and incorporate them into data reduction pipelines and apply them to science with MeerKAT and other observatories.

Key Responsibilities

  • Developing methods, algorithms, numerical models and techniques for radio interferometric data processing
  • Evaluating the results of investigations and experiments and expressing conclusions
  • Designing and developing software, operational procedures and documentation by applying the techniques in practice
  • Preparing scientific papers and reports
  • Maintaining scientific software and/or HPC environments
  • Teaching the theory and practice of radio interferometry at different educational levels.
  • Mentoring and training of junior staff members, graduate student supervision
  • Participating in scientific and technical working groups

Key Requirements


  • B.Hon/MSc/PhD in astronomy, physics, mathematics, applied mathematics, computer science, or related field


  • Five years experience working in a research and/or High Performance Computing (HPC) environment if Honours degree
  • Three years experience working in a research and/or HPC environment if Masters degree


  • understanding of radio interferometric theory and practice
  • Understanding of signal processing
  • Understanding of optimization theory
  • Understanding of applied mathematics
  • Understanding of Bayesian statistics and inference techniques
  • Desirable: HPC environments and Linux system administration
  • Linux operating system
  • Programming in Python and/or other modern languages

Additional notes

  • Experience working in postgraduate research and/or HPC environment
  • Experience with collaborative tools and workflows such as github
  • Track record of successful collaborative work
  • Technical and academic writing
  • Desirable: HPC and/or Linux system management and administration
  • Provide a proven track record of scientific software development in Python
  • Display scientific writing skills
  • Thrive in a diverse team and interface with local and international scientists

How to Apply

Applicants should submit a comprehensive CV by logging in here no later than 30 June 2022. Furthermore, applicants should include a letter of motivation indicating their suitability for the position in their applications. In addition, the applicants must provide the names and contact details of at least three referees.

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 be made in line 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.

You can get more information regarding the opening here.

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