Vacancy: Managing Director SARAO

Vacancy: Managing Director SARAO
Contract: 5 Years, renewable
Job Level: Executive
Work Location: Cape Town, Western Cape

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 natural sciences, engineering, social sciences and humanities. The South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) spearheads South Africa’s activities in the Square Kilometre Array Radio Telescope, commonly known as the SKA, in engineering, science and construction. SARAO is a National Facility managed by the National Research Foundation and incorporates radio astronomy instruments and programmes such as the MeerKAT telescope in the Karoo, the Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory (HartRAO) in Gauteng, the African Very Long Baseline Interferometry (AVN) programme in nine African countries as well as the associated human capital development and
commercialisation endeavours.


The Managing Director directs and manages SARAO in all its dimensions, including MeerKAT and Hartebeeshoek
operations, and leads fulfillment of South Africa’s obligations as a host country for the SKA, and upholds SARAO integration as a business unit of the NRF.

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