South Africa

Chief Scientist

Company South African National Space Agency (SANSA)
Reference # CH01
Published 07/02/2020
Contract Type Permanent
Salary Market Related
Location Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
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 http://www.sansa.org.za

SANSA is committed to attracting, developing and retaining employees who are passionate about the success of the national space industry. Personal growth, which is one of our values, encourages employees to invest time in education and training through bursaries and training courses offered to them.

SANSA thrives on our employees’ creativity, competencies and expertise, and on their ingenuity to succeed in a high performing environment. If you aspire to the SANSA values of Service, Teamwork, Respect, Integrity, Personal Growth and Excellence, and living these in a fast paced and innovative environment, then SANSA could be the place for you. The following opportunity exists in the Earth Observation Programme situated in Pretoria, Gauteng to be filled by an individual with the relevant skills, drive, competencies, qualifications and who puts the interests of the nation first, has a commercial mind-set, thinks like our customers, knowledge driven and people centric.
Job Functions Research,Research and Development
Industries Academic,Agriculture,Aviation,Capacity Development,Conservation,Consulting Services,Engineering,Government / Municipal,Higher & Tertiary Education,Maritime,Research,Science & Technology
Reporting to the Managing Director, the successful candidate will provide appropriate Earth observation research direction and capability for SANSA’s Earth Observation Programme, while setting and driving a national EO research agenda, undertaking cutting edge research and managing all aspects of the Research & Applications Development Unit (RAD).

Responsibilities will include but not limited to:

•Drive and facilitate the establishment of the national EO research agenda.
•Direct and support researchers at SANSA and post graduate students.
•Identify funding opportunities and national and international collaboration opportunities.
•Provide scientific expertise to SANSA’s sensor portfolio and satellite mission planning.
•Supervise/lecture student groups to create Space Science pipeline.
•Organise conferences and workshops to share cutting edge research.
•People management within the assigned unit.
•Implementation of strategic and/ or operational decisions pertaining to area of responsibility.
•Drive change management.

The ideal candidate will have: PhD in Remote Sensing, Geographical Information Systems, with a minimum of 10 years’ research leadership experience • An excellent international research track record that includes peer reviewed publications, student supervision (PhD level) and successful research grants (funded proposals) • International recognition and a National Research Foundation rating is a requirement• Remote sensing software knowledge and experience such as PCI Geomatica, ArcMap/ArcGIS, Quantum GIS, Idris, Erdas, Envi etc. and high-level programming skills in languages such as Fortran, Matlab IDBL, Python, R etc. will be advantageous.
Job Closing Date 21/02/2020
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