Postion Summary:
To take overall systems engineering responsibility for all the SARAO elements of SKA-Mid during pre-construction, construction and commissioning, reporting to the System Engineering Manager. This involves both personal systems engineering responsibilities as well as co-ordination of systems engineering performed by multiple engineers across various SKA-Mid elements.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for all SKA-Mid systems engineering elements of design and development through to integration, test & verification
  • Co-ordinate all the systems engineering activities and interfaces across all the SKA-Mid elements, ensuring compliance with requirements
  • Lead the definition of architectures and solutions derived from vague or abstract requirements
  • Responsible for the baselines and design configuration of the SARAO responsible SKA-Mid elements, including leading and managing engineering changes to the baselines
  • Provide “field engineering” services for telescopes and sub-systems to aid in fault diagnostics and rectificationReview and integrate multiple activity reports into system level analysis and reports to ensure quality and integrity of results and recommendations within uncertain contexts
  • Coach or mentor up to 5 young engineers in the field of engineering and specifically systems engineering
  • Use experience to employ innovative and unique methods and techniques to improve the efficiency and integrity of the systems engineering outcomes
  • Advance the maturity of systems and products through application of recognised engineering competence and skills
  • Provide systems engineering support across multiple domains, teams and on multiple products, subsystems and systems
  • Contribute to- and advance- organisational maturity through leading the development and implementation of engineering processes within his/her realm of responsibility
  • Contribute to strategic leadership within Programme(s) and SARAO through experience-based inputs and conceptual/ strategic thinking

Minimum Qualification:

  • Bachelors Degree / Advanced Diploma / NQF 7

Minimum Experience:

  • 5-9 years
  • B
  • Tech (Eng) with 13+ years RELEVANT experience; ORB
  • Eng/B
  • Sc (Eng) with 9+ years RELEVANT experience; ORM
  • Eng/M
  • Sc (Eng) with 7+ years RELEVANT experience; ORPhD/D
  • Eng with 5+ years RELEVANT experience
  • Meet the requirements for registration with ECSA as PrEng


  • Systems Engineering and development of Radio Astronomy Telescopes, specifically the SKA-Mid
  • General advanced applied Systems EngineeringIntegration, test and verification of radio astronomy telescopesBaseline establishment and management, specifically leading design reviews
  • Engineering Change control RF for radio astronomy product developmentUse of Computer-aided Systems Engineering Tools (e
  • g
  • CORE)Development of systems engineering processes and proceduresCoaching and mentoring


  • In-depth knowledge of the SKA-Mid Telescope requirements
  • In depth knowledge of the SKA-Mid Dish element design & performance
  • Acknowledged in-depth competence in systems engineering, technology and/or software
  • Configuration management and configuration management systemsSystems Engineering Standards, e
  • g
  • ISO/IEC/IEEE 15288 & 15289, Knowledge of the PFMA and related procurement regulations

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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