Electronic Engineer at National Research Foundation

  • Permanent Intermediate EE position

  • Faure, Cape Town, Western Cape

  • Market Related salary

  • Job 2211160 | Ref 2901

  • Posted 06 Jun 2018

About the Position

Main Purpose of Job:

The Electronic Engineer will design and maintain embedded control systems, motion control systems and safety interlock systems of the particle accelerators at iThemba LABS.

Minimum requirements:

  • BEng. Electronic Engineering
  • MSc.Eng. will be an added advantage
  • 3 years' experience in the design of instrumentation and controls systems with exposure to the following:

PCB layout
GUI Design
Control systems design
Embedded software design
Hardware design skills
Programming in 'C' and Linux
Experience in interfacing of electronics
Experience in maintenance of electronic systems

Skills & attributes:

  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Analytical thinking skills
  • Excellent problem solving abilities
  • Excellent hardware design skills
  • Excellent software programming skills
  • Strong mechanical aptitude
  • Good communication and team working skills
  • Ability to work under pressure with minimum supervision

Duties will include but are not limited to:

  • Design of instrumentation and control systems for particle accelerators
  • Interfacing of electronic systems
  • Maintenance of accelerator and other electronic systems
  • Interacting with users to identify and solve problems
  • Planning and initiating a detailed design
  • Coordinating the assembling, installation, testing and commissioning of projects
  • Writing up specification of programs
  • Oversee and assist with the fault repairs during operation
  • Training users to use software and operating equipment
  • Training of students
  • Standby duties and overtime work as and when required

The ideal candidate will have the following competencies:


  • Design of control systems
  • Design of instrumentation
  • Stong mechanical aptitude
  • Programming in 'C' & Linux


  • Interfacing of electronics
  • Maintenance of electronics systems


  • Fault repairs
  • Writing up specification of programs

About The Employer

National Research Foundation

The iThemba Laboratory for Accelerator-Based Sciences is a group of multi-disciplinary research laboratories administered by the National Research Foundation. Based at two sites in the Western Cape and Gauteng, these provide facilities for:

  • Basic and applied research using particle beams
  • Particle radiotherapy for the treatment of cancer
  • The supply of accelerator-produced radioactive isotopes for nuclear medicine and research

The NRF is committed to employment equity and redress. Correspondence will be conducted with the shortlisted candidates

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