The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) has a mandate, as outlined in the South African National Space Agency Act, 2008 (Act No 36 of 2008), to coordinate and integrate national space science and technology programmes and conduct long-term planning and implementation of space-related activities in South Africa, for the benefit of the citizens of South Africa.

SANSA has the following opportunity in Hermanus, Western Cape to be filled by an individual with the relevant skills, drive, competencies, and qualifications. SANSA Space Science forms part of the worldwide network of magnetic observatories, undertakes fundamental Space Science research, maintains the infrastructure required to monitor the near-Earth space environment, and provides space weather and other applied science services.


The ideal candidate will have: •At least a B Eng. (Electronics Engineering) or equivalent •The ability to work and live with small groups of people is essential. •Competency in electronic maintenance, diagnostics, and repairs with proven fault-finding capabilities; experience working with computers, especially with LINUX operating systems; experience in programming, especially in BASH and Python, would be an advantage

Applicants will be expected to •Design and build new equipment •Maintain and upgrade instrumentation. •Install, commission, maintain, calibrate, and modify electronic instruments and systems for the collection, reduction, and analysis of data. •Execute experiments related to Space Weather studies •Give core engineering support.

Candidates must be physically fit, have sober habits, be mentally strong, and be prepared for physically challenging and satisfying work.

Successful applicants will spend three months in Hermanus from 3 January 2023 – March 2023 for training and then depart for Marion Island.

Although the base is well-equipped with e-mail, fax, and satellite telephone facilities, the applicant must be self-sufficient and self-motivated.

Appointment to these positions is subject to a rigorous medical examination, which will be arranged for at no cost to the applicants. No person may be declared fit if they have any history of stable angina, recent myocardial infarcts, insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus, known psychiatric ailments, or are on tuberculosis treatment.

Successful applicants will spend a full year (April 2023 to May 2024) at Marion Island.

More information on the island and human activities there can be found at: http://www.sanap.ac.za

Food, accommodation, and protective clothing are provided by the South African Department of Environment, Forestry, and Fisheries (Southern Oceans and Antarctic Support) while the applicant is at Marion Island


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. Preference will be given to candidates in accordance with this.

Should you meet the above requirements, please register your detailed CV and cover letter on the following link: current opportunities – sansa.mcidirecthire.com

Closing date: 01 December 2022

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.

Reney van der merwe