Space Weather Forecaster (2 year contract)

The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) is a public entity under the National Department of Science and Innovation (DSI).

SANSA has a mandate to drive the promotion and use of space and cooperation in space-related activities. To achieve this mandate, the Agency fosters research in space science and technology, advances space engineering programmes, and supports the creation of an environment conducive to industrial development in space technologies within the framework of national government policy. More information about the organization can be found at

Reporting to the Space Weather Practitioner, the incumbent will provide Space Weather forecasting and prediction services as a customer demand service within SANSA’s suite of products and services. The forecasting and prediction services are delivered as part of SANSA’s operational space weather centre, which is a 24/7 monitoring and control environment that will become operational in 2022.

Incumbents will work shifts (day and night on rotation)

This will include but is not limited to the following duties:

  1. Monitoring and issuing space weather forecasts. In so doing he/she ensures that a significant part of fulfilling the office’s mandate, which is to:
  • provide SW forecasting services to all clients that may require this service
  • promote the SANSA brand within the region at various organized activities such as presentations and exhibitions,
  • publish space weather-related reports related to the improvement of space weather process and process elements, where necessary.
  • assist with Trend forecasts, and verification.
  1. Troubleshooting and complex problem-solving of technical problems
  2. Support activities such as:
    • Forecast briefings which occur at the start of shifts, and at specified times between forecasting offices.
    • Monthly operating reviews at Space Weather Forum
    • Development and testing of new products and services
    • Training of clients on applications


The ideal candidate will have:

Minimum Qualifications for a level 1 forecaster:

  • BSc Honours in Meteorology & Climate Science, Space Science, or Physics


Advantageous Qualifications 

  • Post grad Certificate in forecasting


Additional Training to be provided:

  • Post grad Certificate in forecasting
  • Space Weather forecasting methodology



  • 1 – 2 Years weather related forecasting would be an advantage


Minimum Qualifications for a level 2 forecaster:

Minimum Qualifications

  • in Space Science, Meteorology & Climate Science, Physics, Physics & Mathematics, Physics & Computer Science or Physics & Statistics


Advantageous Qualifications 

  • Post grad Certificate in forecasting


Additional Training to be provided:

  • Post grad Certificate in forecasting
  • Space Weather forecasting



  • 1 – 2 Years weather related forecasting would be an advantage


Additional Requirements

  • Drive, ambition and energy are essential
  • Inter-personal skills such as ability to engage with stakeholders at various levels, and manage customer queries
  • Initiative, and attention to detail
  • Understanding of a customer centric approach
  • Incumbents should be motivated to develop their skills and be passionate about science applications
  • Willingness to be vetted for security clearance


Candidates will be provided with the opportunity to undertake space weather related research and further their qualifications.

Training will be provided, and candidates must be willing to travel nationally and /or internationally to attend training. Incumbents who successfully pass all aspects of the training provided in the first 2 years may be offered permanent positions as Space Weather Forecasters within the Operational Space Weather Centre subject to: i. the recruitment policy; ii. any other applicable policies of the organization, and iii.  the availability of vacancies.

Competency based testing will form part of the selection process.

Please note that the position is based at the SANSA Hermanus campus in Hermanus in the Western Cape.

Communication will only be conducted with short-listed candidates. If applicants have not heard from us within 4 weeks of the closing date, they must assume that their applications were unsuccessful

Please NOTE that the appointment will be on a level commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Background verification, including criminal record, credit checks, security clearances, qualification and citizenship checks as well as competency assessment and psychometric testing, may form part of the selection process.

SANSA subscribes to the principles of Employment Equity and welcomes applications from all persons with disabilities .  Preference will be given to candidates in accordance with this.

SANSA reserves the right to not make an appointment.

Should you meet the above requirements, please apply by forwarding your detailed CV and qualifications to

Closing date: 30 June 2022

Reney van der merwe