SANSA is Hiring Electronics Engineers


The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) is recruiting to fill two vacancies for Electronics Engineers. The successful applicants will spend a few months in Hermanus from 1 July 2024 for training and more than a full year (Dec 2024 to Feb 2026) in Antarctica. As a result, the candidates must be physically fit, have sober habits, be mentally strong and prepared for physically challenging and satisfying work. Furthermore, although the base is well-equipped with e-mail, fax and satellite telephone facilities, the applicant must be self-sufficient and self-motivated.

  • At least a B Eng (Electronics Engineering) or equivalent; 
  • The ability to work and live with small groups of people is essential; 
  • Competency in electronic maintenance, diagnostics and repairs with proven fault-finding capabilities; 
  • Competent in the use of general electronics test and measurement equipment (Oscilloscope, Spectrum Analyser, etc); and familiarity with the use of general workshop tools;
  • Experience working with computers, especially with LINUX operating systems; 
  • Experience in programming, especially in BASH and Python, would be an advantage;
  • Previous SANSAP experience will be an added advantage;
  • MEng, MSc or MTech will be an added advantage;
  • Design and build new equipment;
  • Maintain and upgrade instrumentation;
  • Install, commission, maintain, calibrate and modify electronic instruments and systems for the collection, reduction and analysis of data;
  • Responsible for maintaining SANSA’s computer equipment and IT infrastructure and for the collection, reduction, and analysis of scientific data;
  • Prepare monthly and annual reports, do stock-takes, order spares and equipment and do other common “non-technical” duties performed by all expedition members;
  • Give core engineering support.

Appointment to these positions is subject to a rigorous medical examination arranged for at no cost to the applicants. The location may affect the incumbent’s physical and mental well-being, family, and close relationships. Candidates must be physically fit, mentally strong, have sober habits, and be prepared for physically challenging and satisfying work. In addition, successful candidates may often be called upon to work long hours in extreme conditions on duties unrelated to their function.  Short-listed candidates will be subjected to screening and security vetting to determine their suitability for employment. 

Also, the South African Department of Environmental Affairs (Southern Oceans and Antarctic Support) provides food, accommodation, and protective clothing while the applicant works in Antarctica.

How to Apply

Applicants must apply here by 23 May 2024.

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