SARAO is Hiring a Compute Infrastructure Group Lead


The South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) is recruiting a Compute Infrastructure Group Lead to its facility in Cape Town, Western Cape on a permanent contract. The successful candidate will support, plan, organise, direct and control the activities of Compute Infrastructure group including physical and human resources

Key Responsibilities
  • Experience managing complex hardware and software engineering projects;
  • Lead and manage the cybersecurity, computing infrastructure and networks teams;
  • Exposure to IT security best practices;
  • Provide direction on infrastructure projects in particular cybersecurity and networks;
  • Promulgate IT security policies across the science and business units;
  • Provide strategic assistance with design, specifications and procurement of computer infrastructure;
  • Ensure meaningful contributions to the construction of SKA and SKA1 projects; and
  • Ensure that the SARAO and other partner sites cybersecurity, networks and compute infrastructure needs are adequately addressed.
Key Requirements:
  • Masters in Computer Science or equivalent; and
  •  ITIL Foundation/specialist or equivalent.
  • 10 years managerial experience in a hardware and software engineering environment.
  • Management processes;
  • Managing IT infrastructure projects;
  • Stakeholder engagement;
  • Hardware and software engineering;
  • IT Security and best practices;
  • Industry regulatory requirement.
  • Ability to communicate complex information correctly; and
  • Resourcing.
How to Apply

Interested candidates must submit a comprehensive CV by logging in here by 17 July 2023. 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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