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SKA Developer (Python/C++)

Engineering/Technical ~ IT – Software Development
Cape Town – Western Cape ~ Somerset West – Western Cape ~ Stellenbosch – Western Cape

JOIN a team of Scientists, Engineers and Computer Scientists working on the Square Kilometre Array, the world’s largest and most advanced radio telescope project. We are seeking a Developer with an interest in Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems for the SKA. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in software and systems engineering, with a focus on C++ and Python. This position offers a unique opportunity to work on cutting-edge technology.
  •  Extensive experience (typically 10 years full-time) in the development of relevant systems, with a good understanding of architectural concepts and the relationship between architecture and system quality.
  • A deep understanding of Agile methodologies and DevOps processes, including the importance of customer focus, servant/leadership and minimising waste in all areas of the system development process.
  • Git distributed version control system.
  • Python programming language.
  • Experience in Test Automation and Continuous Integration.
  • Experience of Test-Driven Development.
  • Ability to provide technical leadership to a Dev team, mentoring team members and motivating them when necessary.
  • Ability to travel to international planning meetings 2-4 times/year.
Advantageous –
  • Experience of Software and Systems Engineering applied to the development of Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems.
  • Familiarity with and experience of the TANGO toolkit, including TANGO device development, and TANGO client-side tools.
  • Practical experience of configuring instrumentation and commissioning control systems and parts of scientific instruments.
  • Experience or understanding of Interferometry techniques.
  • C/C++ Development.
  • Knowledge of Behaviour Driven Development and Gherkin.
  • Experience with modern container and orchestration frameworks such as Docker and Kubernetes.
  • “E-shaped” skills, with a depth of expertise in multiple areas, and experience across many areas. Proven execution and delivery ability, highly innovative and able to solve highly complex technical problems.
  • Can reliably estimate and plan large developments with long (multi-year) time horizons.
  • An understanding of the domain issues of Radio Astronomy and the SKA is highly desirable or essential in most of the roles at this level.
  • Excellent communication skills, ability to work effectively as part of a team.