SKA SA, 3rd Floor, The Park, Park Road, Pinelands, 7405, South Africa

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What we do

SKA South Africa is currently designing and constructing the MeerKAT Radio Telescope in the Karoo Region of the Northern Cape Province. MeerKAT is a world-class radio telescope that is designed to do ground breaking science.

SKA South Africa is playing a leading role in the design and technology developments of the Square Kilometre Array Radio Telescope. In collaboration with South African industry and universities, and collaborating with leading global institutions, the South African team has developed innovative technologies in areas such as antenna engineering, signal and data processing.

Why Work For Us

SKA South Africa is involved in some of the most exciting and challenging projects in the world right now. If you want to learn...if you want to innovate...if you want to be challenged, then this is the right place for you.

Our Engineering Processes

SKA SA is looking for Software Engineers to contribute towards the development of software oriented systems that form part of the Square Kilometre Array and precursor telescope (MeerKAT). 

Software Engineers will be exposed to all stages of the software development life-cycle, from requirements analysis and architectural design to testing, integration, deployment and support.  Within SKA SA, a focus is placed on Systems Engineering disciplines such as requirements engineering, design, interface management and configuration management.

SKA SA uses agile methods (SCRUM) and continuous integration techniques to develop software within an incremental development plan, hence experience with these techniques would be beneficial.

The development environment includes technologies such as ProxMox for virtualisation of Ubuntu LTS servers, Python 2.7+, Javascript (Angular), PostgreSQL, Redis, GitHub, Jenkins, Wheels, Debian, Ansible and Docker. Knowledge of these technologies would be beneficial.

Our Culture

Although the telescopes are destined for the barren desert regions of the Karoo, the Software Engineering teams are hosted in the SKA SA offices in Pinelands, Cape Town, overlooking the Liesbeek River with Table Mountain in the background. The software engineering teams are situated in open plan offices, to stimulate interactions, whilst meeting rooms of all sizes percolate the space. The offices are equipped with an auditorium for training purposes. There is a relaxed atmosphere within our offices...casual clothes are worn to work. Flexible working hours are offered, and a work-from-home policy is in place.

We work in a collaborative environment, where emphasis is placed on skills and knowledge development, sharing and innovation. Collaboration extends well beyond the confines of our offices, given the breadth and depth of international partners and contributors to the SKA project. As a business unit of the National Research Foundation, SKA SA is committed to employment equity and redress.

SKA SA participates heavily in both local and international conferences e.g. PyCon, ScaleConf, ICALEPCS, SPIE. Software engineers are encouraged to actively contribute to these conferences by writing papers and presenting material. Training is offered where needed, whilst part-time study assistance programs are on offer, contributing towards a stimulating academic environment.

Through our collaborative efforts and interactions with international communities, we are recognised as a highly competent team, delivering quality software solutions for complex problems. We take pride in this recognition, and work hard to maintain these standards.

Our Hiring Process

Our hiring process is pretty simple:

We'll have an interview with you during which we'll ask a few technical questions and gauge your relevant knowledge.

A second interview is rarely required, but may be used if more information or clarifications are required.

Flexible Hours
Work From Home Policy
Casual Dress Code
Part-time Study Assistance
Choose Your Own Laptop\Workstation
International Travel Opportunities
Conference Participation
Tech Stack

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