Location : Cape Town, Western Cape Job Level : Skilled / Middle ManagementContract type : Long Term ContractPeriod of Contract : 4 yearsClosing date : 27 April About the position : 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 Africas 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.
The Senior Power Engineer will work in collaboration with the Functional Manager : Electrical and Program / Project Managers to ensure the successful design and delivery of the SKA infrastructure projects and other instruments within schedule, budget and quality standards.
Key Responsibilities : Assume professional responsibility for providing proven specialist / technical expertise, and leading a diverse team and resources including external suppliers / stakeholders to achieve relevant objectives.
Provide evidence of experience working on and / or leading multi-million rand projects where the consequence of failure / poor performance is highInterpret and in some cases provide guidance, related to user level requirements in order to develop system level requirementsLead a team of engineers to develop solution(s) to fulfill requirements at subsystem and system levels and take professional responsibility for these solutionsInnovate and perform parallel trade studies towards providing optimal solutions including compliance with relevant statutory laws and regulationsAssume accountability for meeting all requirements associated with electrical power system to enable overall organisational (or system level) objectives are achievedMake technical and operational decisions independently of higher level authority based on sound knowledge of organisational processes, directives and guidelines and applicable lawsMentor team members and transfer specific technical knowledgeKey Requirements : Qualification : B.
Change controlInput to work package status reportingEnsuring that costs are contained and options are chosen which reduce costs without degrading performanceAdditional Notes : Personal QualitiesLeadershipMentorHighly organisedGood communicator verbal and writtenPragmaticSelf-driven and goal orientatedAble to work under pressureManage multiple projects simultaneouslyAttention to detailInformation : The website provides more details on the NRF initiatives and activities.
Applications : Applicants should submit a comprehensive CV by logging to and apply online. Applications should be accompanied by a letter of motivation indicating the applicants suitability for the position.
The names and contact details of at least three referees should be provided.The NRF offers a challenging career and competitive remuneration package which is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
The NRF is committed to employment equity and redress and the appointment to the position will be made in line with the NRF Employment Equity Plan.
The NRF reserves the right not to make an appointment.Correspondence will be sent to short-listed candidates only.