Software Engineering division have vacancies for Senior Software Engineers to join the team.
You will report to the Functional Manager: Software.

Job description

  • Prototyping and software development of the telescope operational software (all stages of the full software development life-cycle may be encountered).
  • Provide hands-on technical support in the system administration of the hardware platforms, deployment environments and processing, which may include site visits to the Karoo.
  • Collaborate with departmental stakeholders to support engineering, commissioning, operations and early science activities.
  • Assist in maturing of software development and quality assurance processes towards greater standardization and improved long term maintainability and robustness.
  • Facilitate coding standard compliance and code reviews, which include mentoring junior engineers.
  • Compile document sets.
  • Provide project management and progress reporting input as required by the Functional Manager and for team communication.
  • Participate in development of project schedules and activities.
  • Participate in the development of budgets and cost/benefit analysis for compliance with project procurement policies.
  • Make technical decisions independently without direction from Technical lead. Has deep understanding of version control to the point of being able to help out junior and software engineers
  • Innovate independently towards improving the software

Desirable additional educational, work experience, and personal qualities:

  • Understanding and experience in implementation of project management and system
  • engineering principles.
  • Experience with test-driven development and integration testing techniques,
  • methodologies and frameworks; and supporting systems like revision control and build
  • systems.
  • Experience with quality assurance processes and software development processes and willingness to participate in improving software development processes and software quality procedures.
  • Willingness to play a leading role in mentoring juniors.
  • Ability both to work independently and be a good team player
  • Ability to participate and thrive in a collaborative environment.
  • Self-motivated and an ability and willingness to self-train and up-skill independently.
  • Keen attention to detail.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.

The ideal candidate will have the following competencies:

  • Communicate effectively (written and verbal).
  • Troubleshoot issues methodically


  • Quality assurance processes and software development processes.
  • Programming in the python programming language.
  • Development, testing, deployment, commissioning, release and support large scale
  • projects.
  • Developing applications targeted for the linux operating system.
  • Implementation of project management and system engineering principles.
  • Test-driven development and integration testing techniques, methodologies and frameworks; and supporting systems


  • Modern software collaboration tools such as Github, Containers, Google Drive, JIRA.
  • Python programming language.

Minimum Education and Work Experience Required:

  • Experience in a software engineering environment, preferably in an engineering development project environment with a strong software focus.
  • Python or C/C++ programming language and experience in development, testing, development, commissioning, release and support of large scale projects in Python or C/C++.
  • Technical knowledge of development in Linux operating systems (experience in system administration of such will be beneficial).
  • Technical experience in architecture design and development of large software
  • projects (experience with control and monitoring will be beneficial.

WITH either

  • B.Tech/B.Sc (Comp Sci) with 10+ years; OR
  • B.Eng/B.Sc Hons (Comp Sci) with 9+ years; OR
  • M.Eng/M.Sc (Comp Sci) with 7+ years; OR
  • PhD/D.Eng with 5+ years;

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