SARAO is Hiring a Senior System Engineer


The South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) is recruiting a Senior System Engineer on a permanent contract. The successful candidate will join the Cape Town, Western Cape facility to assemble, integrate and verify the SKA Mid Dish systems and products.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Implementing ICDs, physically assembling items;
  • Preparing & executing Verification Plans, Test instructions, ATPs & QTPs, ATRs & QTRs;
  • Establishing baselines (DBL, QBL, OsBL);
  • Defining, analysing & managing requirements;
  • Establishing and maintaining traceability;
  • Developing system and sub-system design to specifications;
  • Functional & physical architecting, analysis and synthesis;
  • Identifying and creating ICDs;
  • Executing performance analysis;
  • Executing FMECA and implementing safety in design;
  • Generating performance specifications, build-to, and maintain-to specifications;
  • Maintaining the PBSs in ALIM;
  • Root cause analysis and problem-solving;
  • Design modifications to eliminate failure modes;
  • Compiling Project SEMPs, technical schedules, WBS & SOWs;
  • Defining baselines & performing design reviews; and
  • Revising engineering processes
Key Requirements:
  • B.Tech (Eng) with 13+ years of relevant experience; OR
  • B.Eng/B.Sc (Eng) with 9+ years of relevant experience; OR
  • M.Eng with 7+ years of relevant experience; OR
  • PhD/D.Eng with 5+ years of relevant experience.
  • Physical, hands-on integration, testing and evaluation of electronic and mechanical systems;
  • Undertaking engineering activities throughout all lifecycle phases of the system under development, with a particular focus on the concurrent engineering aspects and the design for supportability aspects;
  • Leading engineering tasks and analysis without supervision, employing academic and practical knowledge gained on the job;
  • Functioning simultaneously across multiple domains, teams and multiple systems;
  • Leading the development and implementation of engineering processes;
  • Using advanced interpersonal skills to influence change in complex systems behaviour and operational environments; and
  • Coaching and mentoring in engineering, particularly systems engineering.
  • Advanced applied Systems Engineering;
  • Integration, testing and verification of complex systems
  • Baseline establishment and management;
  • Engineering Change control;
  • Hi-tech product development;
  • Model-based Systems Engineering;
  • Development of systems engineering processes and procedures; and
  • Configuration management


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

  • Integration, testing and verification of complicated systems, which include RF, digital and mechanical elements;
  • Baseline establishment and management;
  • Engineering change control;
  • Advanced applied Systems Engineering;
  • Hi-tech product development processes;
  • Model-based Systems Engineering;
  • Engineering for Radio Astronomy;
  • Configuration management;
  • Development of systems engineering processes and procedures; and
  • Operational support/field engineering.
How to Apply

Applicants should submit a comprehensive CV here before 7 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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