Instrument ScientistResearch

City of Cape Town, Western Cape 21 November

AtripleA Recruitment & Temps

  • Description

    Instrument Scientist (Research)
    Location: Cape Town

    Our client in the Research industry is looking for an Instrument Scientist.

    Key responsibilities

    • Being a technical team member on instrumentation projects, as appropriate for skillset; leading decision-making processes for new projects
    • Input on software for commissioning and data reduction, including writing code
    • Developing technical specifications, user requirements, commissioning plans, and manuals for instrument and telescope performance and functionality
    • Assisting with commissioning and testing of instruments and telescopes in Sutherland
    • Project and financial management
    • Providing laboratory support for hardware development
    • Regular characterization of telescopes and instruments in Sutherland
    • Troubleshooting faults
    • Liaising with observers on technical issues and data reduction
    • Carrying out original astronomical research
    • Presenting at international conferences
    • Supervising students and postdocs
    • Investigating new technologies
    • Participating in work shadow and outreach programs
    • Contributing to websites and newsletters


    • PhD in Astrophysics or related field
    • 3 years postdoctoral experience
    • Experience in optical design (including Zemax)
    • Experience with vacuum and/or cryogenic systems and GPS or other accurate timing
    • Successful record for observing and funding proposals
    • Experience in writing technical documentation
    • Financial management and project management experience
    • Must be proactive with the ability to work independently as well as within a multi-disciplinary environment
    • Excellent communication and interpersonal skill
    • Willingness to learn.
  • Number of vacancies: 1
  • Requirements

  • Minumun level of education: Grade 12 /N4 (Matric)
  • Years of experience: 3
  • Language(s): English
  • Driver's license: B
  • Availability for travel: No
  • Availability for change of residence: No

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