National Research Foundation: Systems Engineer 2019 Job

By | July 11, 2019

National Research Foundation: Systems Engineer 2019 Job

Permanent Intermediate EE position Market Related salary


About the Position SARAO has a vacancy in our Engineering: Systems Engineering division for a Systems Engineer. The main purpose of the role is to advance the maturity of telescope and site infrastructure systems and products through application of recognised systems engineering competence and skills; responsible for systems engineering over multiple lifecycle phases with a strong ability to address the specialty engineering and “ilities” of systems design, for sub-systems and systems with medium criticality; perform detail engineering analysis and synthesis of alternative solutions derived from unclear or vague specifications; establish the baselines and design configurations of the pre-existing or development infrastructure systems, including preparing and implementing engineering changes to existing baselines; review and integrate multiple activity reports into system level analysis and reports to ensure quality and integrity of results and recommendations; guide the design teams responsible for definition and development of products and services related to infrastructure systems across multiple projects, to ensure compliance with the systems engineering plans and processes; provide “field engineering” services for telescope and site infrastructure to aid in fault diagnostics and rectification; coach or mentor 1 or more young engineers in the field of engineering and specifically systems engineering; participate in- or lead work teams focussed on Project or Programme planning and strategic decision making and contribute to the organisational maturity through the maintenance and upgrade of engineering processes within the infrastructure realm. The successful incumbent shall report to the Systems Engineering Manager.

Minimum education required:

  • BEng or B.Sc (Eng)

Minimum work experience required:

  • 5 years’ relevant experience

Desirable additional education, work exp. & personal qualities:

  • Technical knowledge and experience related to systems engineering in multiple domains and disciplines.
  • Recognised competence in the application of systems engineering in the infrastructure domain.
  • Associate / Certified Systems Engineering Professional (ASEP / CSEP) accreditation
  • Systems Engineering modules at postgraduate level
  • Conceptual / systems thinking.
  • Analytical problem-solving skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and leadership
  • Multi-tasking
  • Communicate effectively in English (both written and verbally)
  • Communicate effectively in English (both written and verbally)

The ideal candidate will have the following competencies:



  • engineering covering mulitple lifecycle phases
  • address the ilities’of system design
  • lead systems engineering across multiple domains
  • perform detail engineering tasks and analysis
  • influence engineering attitudes and systems designs for operational environments
  • contribute to improved engineering processes
  • coach or mentor young engineers in systems engineering


  • application and control of systems engineering processes and procedures
  • change control
  • baseline establishment and management
  • applied systems engineering across multiple lifecycle stages
  • use of CASE tools (CORE and DOORS))


  • quality assurance systems (ISO 9001)
  • systems engineering standards, e.g. ISO Contact Number
  • configuration management and configuration management systems
  • recognised domain knowledge of systems engineering methods, procedures, tools and techniques

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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: Permanent