SARAO is Recruiting a Receiver Systems Technician


The South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) is recruiting a receiver systems technician on a permanent contract. The successful candidate will join the team at the Carnarvon, Northern Cape facility to install, commission, maintain, repair and create processes/procedures for radio telescopes.

Key Responsibilities
  • Perform installation, commissioning and acceptance testing of relevant equipment;
  • Responsible for supporting, maintaining and repairing the telescope systems, with the main focus on receivers and other subsystems;
  • Maintaining and operating an Intermediate Level Maintenance (ILM) facility;
  • Identify and participate in upgrades and expansions to receiver systems maintenance;
  • Supporting guest instruments from external suppliers to the agreed level;
  • Assisting in RFI, H&S and Equipment Management/Implementation; and
  • All related duties to this role.
Key Requirements
  • N3 and Trade Tested with applicable vocational experience in Electronics Equipment Mechanician-672104 or Instrument Mechanician-672105 (minimum two years after trade test);
  • Three (3) years of working experience in radio/telecommunication/control systems;
  • Code C driver’s license (advantageous);
  • Truck-mounted crane license (advantageous); and
  • Computer literacy.
  • Connecting components to assemblies such as radio systems, instruments, magnetos and inverters;
  • Examining and testing machines, instruments, components, other equipment, instruments and control systems to identify faults;
  • Adjusting, repairing and replacing worn and defective parts and wiring; maintaining machines, equipment and instruments;
  • Reassembling, test operating and adjusting equipment;
  • Installing electronic instruments and control systems;
  • Coordinating work with that engineer, technicians, and other maintenance personnel;
  • Interpreting test data to diagnose malfunctions and systemic performance problems;
  • Training of apprentices (advantageous); and
  • Maintenance of Antenna Structures (advantageous).
  • Radio Frequency and Radio Frequency Interference environment (advantageous);
  • Working with cool cryogenic systems; and
  • Working with high vacuum systems.
Additional Notes
  • Be able to operate within a team and individually;
  • Neat worker;
  • Have a positive attitude;
  • Must be able to work to tight deadlines;
  • Willing to work outside normal working hours;
  • Be able to work at elevated heights;
  • Be able to work in remote locations; and
  • Be able to work in confined spaces.
How to Apply

Applicants should submit a comprehensive CV here before 04 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.

You can get more information regarding the opening here.

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