Postion Summary:
Junior Software Engineers are part of a development team building the MeerKAT, MeerKAT Extension, African VLBI Network (AVN) and the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) telescopes. They are responsible for writing the software that controls and monitor the telescope. Junior Software Engineers develop, test and maintain software solutions to meet the requirements.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Software development of the telescope operational software
  • All stages of the full software development life-cycle may be encountered: from requirements analysis, architectural input, software design and development, to testing, integration and deployment, as well as close interaction with hardware subsystems
  • Participate in deployment environments and processes, this may involve site visits to the Karoo
  • Participate in commissioning and lab integration of software and hardware
  • Participate in coding standard compliance and code reviews
  • Follow System Engineering principles for development of software
  • Produce documentation sets for the applicable subsystem as required

Minimum Qualification:

  • Bachelors Degree / Advanced Diploma / NQF 7

Minimum Experience:

  • 1-3 years
  • B
  • Tech/ B
  • Sc (Comp Sci) with 3 years’ working experience, ORB
  • Eng / B
  • Sc Hons (Comp Sci) with 3 years’ working experience, ORM
  • Eng / M
  • Sc (Comp Sci) with 2 years’ working experience, ORPhD / D
  • Eng only with 1 year working experience, OREngineering (with a software focus) or related field


  • Experience in programming languages (Python or C++ or Java)
  • Experience in prototyping and development, including, testing, deployment, commissioning, release and support of large scale projects
  • 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
  • Experience in the implementation of project management and system engineering principles


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

Additional Notes:
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Desired Skills:

  • Skilled in applied field of position
  • Knowledge to be relevant
  • Responsible in performing duties

About The Employer:

The National Research Foundation (NRF) supports and promotes research and human capital development through funding, the provision of National Research Facilities and science outreach platforms and programmes to the broader community in all fields of science and technology, including natural sciences, engineering, social sciences and humanities. The South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) spearheads South Africa’s activities in the Square Kilometre Array Radio Telescope, commonly known as the SKA, in engineering, science and construction. SARAO is a National Facility managed by the National Research Foundation and incorporates radio astronomy instruments and programmes such as the MeerKAT telescope in the Karoo, the Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory (HartRAO) in Gauteng, the African Very Long Baseline Interferometry (AVN) programme in nine African countries as well as the associated human capital development and commercialisation endeavours.

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