Instrumentation Engineer at National Research Foundation

  • Permanent Intermediate EE position

  • Faure, Cape Town, Western Cape

  • Market Related salary

  • Job 2249978 | Ref 3031

  • Posted 06 Sep 2018

About the Position


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


  • In-depth knowledge of analogue electronics

About The Employer

National Research Foundation

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 science, engineering, social science and humanities.

The iThemba LABS Laboratories for Accelerator Based Sciences is a group of multidisciplinary research laboratories administered by the NRF. Based at the 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 isotopes for nuclear medicine and research.

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

iThemba LABS reserves the right to amend and/or withdraw adverts at any time without notification.

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