Instrumentation Engineer at National Research Foundation
The National Research Foundation
Faure, Cape Town, Western Cape, ZA
3d ago

Purpose :

The Instrumentation Engineer will be responsible for the maintenance and installation of radiation detectors in coordination with internal and external users.

Minimum Requirements :

BSc Degree in Physics / Electronic Engineering or equivalent qualification

MSc. in experimental nuclear physics / Electronics Engineering will be an added advantage

Minimum of two years' working experience in at least one of the following fields :

  • Analogue electronics,
  • Semiconductor technology,
  • Low-electronic noise signal processing,
  • Radiation detectors or radiation physics.
  • Skills, Knowledge & Attributes :

  • Good interpersonal and communication skills both written and orally
  • Good teaching and training skills
  • Excellent analytical thinking skills
  • Excellent problem solving abilities
  • Good hardware design skills
  • Good software programming skills
  • In-depth knowledge of analogue electronics
  • Strong mechanical aptitude
  • Good communication and team working skills
  • Ability to work under pressure with minimum supervision
  • Ability to work as an individual and as a member of a team
  • Excellent safety conscience
  • Ability to work safely in a laboratory environment
  • Availability to work outside regular working hours
  • Have good decision-making and time keeping skills
  • Self-motivated
  • Main Duties will include but not limited to :

  • Apply expertise in radiation detectors
  • Guide and support the users and undertake installation of existing radiation detector systems on the beamlines
  • Provide professional support to the construction, assembly, testing, installation, commissioning, and operation of radiation detector systems
  • Perform appropriate maintenance of detectors / electronics
  • Provide training to students in the use of different types of detectors used at iThemba LABS
  • Work closely with internal scientific staff & external scientific users for the support of the detector systems
  • Maintain a testing and maintenance program on detectors
  • Fault finding of defective detector systems
  • Use of software packages, such as MIDAS, Radware, and ROOT, for data analysis to measure the performance of detectors
  • Maintain and update documents and records for the maintenance of detectors
  • Design / produce small scale items (electronic / mechanical / software) related to detector or electronics support
  • Operate high vacuum pumping systems
  • Operate cryogenic systems
  • Play a pivotal role in motivation for, design and commissioning of new experimental facilities (coordinating a team and a budget)
  • Be the link between the Instrumentation and IT department and the research departments to keep detection equipment and data acquisition systems in working order
  • Consult with users on requirements for approved projects and possible future experiments
  • Provide regular updated reports on status of detector and associated electronics
  • The ideal candidate will have the following competencies :


  • Ability to work as an individual as a member of a team
  • Ability to work under pressure with minimum supervision
  • Ability to work safely in a laboratory environment
  • Experience

  • Experience in analogue electronics
  • Experience in low-electronics noise signal processing
  • Experience in semiconductor technology
  • Experience in radiation detectors or radiation physics
  • Knowledge

  • In-depth knowledge of analogue electronics
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