SARAO Data Specialist Vacancy 2018

By | July 27, 2018

SARAO Data Specialist Vacancy 2018

Permanent position
Market Related salary

About the Position
SARAO has an opportunity for a Data Specialist to join our Engineering Team, to be based in either Johannesburg or Cape Town on a one (1) year fixed term contract. The successful incumbent will be responsible for performing duties related to signal and data transport for the International SKA Telescope.
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 and KAT-7 telescopes 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.

Minimum education requirements:

  • BSc or BEng in Electronics or Electrical Engineering coupled with 10 years’ experience or BTech in Electronics or Electrical Engineering coupled with 15 years’ experience.

Minimum work experience required:

  • 10 years in a managerial position

Duties include (but not limited to):

  • Work with the international SKA on the definition of the fibre requirements for SKA1
  • Undertake a detailed assessment of the optic fibre infrastructure installed on site for MeerKAT and define how this can be upgraded for SKA1
  • Work with the Signal and Data Transport (SaDT) Consortium and industry partners to realign the design of the SaDT network to that of the changing power network and restrictions based on availability of land
  • Liaise with the international SKA and SKA consortiums established for other work packages in terms of the definition of requirements for the SKA optic fibre network, design and delivery of the power required for the SKA
  • Participate in design reviews and work groups as and when required
  • Compilation of design reports
  • Interact with SANReN, Meraka Institute and fibre service providers in terms of long-haul fibre networks, undersea networks
  • Take responsibility of stakeholder coordination and management (all stakeholders participating in task teams) which includes national and provincial government departments, Eskom, SANReN, TENET, the local community, local authorities and international SKA
  • Provide membership to SARAO staff in relation to the MeerKAT LAN network and SaDT consortium work
  • Project Management:
    • Overall management of industry specialists engaged to assist with SaDT design work
    • Facilitation of effective communication and work flow both internally and externally
    • Monitoring and reporting of technical progress and cost against project schedules, risk identification, planning, management and reporting analysis and development, implementation and control risk mitigation strategies where applicable
    • Project status reporting
The ideal candidate will have the following competencies:
Ability

  • display excellent interpersonal skills
  • display problem-solving skills
  • handle multiple tasks
  • work independently as well as in a team environment
  • communicate effectively in English (both written and verbally)
  • work in remote locations when required

Experience in:

  • and knowledge of the international SKA project would be considered an advantage
  • power systems
  • data transport networks (demonstrable)
  • radio astronomy would be considered an advantage
  • local area networks

Knowledge of:

  • radio astronomy systems

About The Employer
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 and KAT-7 telescopes 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.
As a business unit of the NRF, SARAO is committed to employment equity and redress
Type of employment: Contract