Sep 22, 2020
The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is a leading scientific and technology research organisation that researches, develops, localises and diffuses technologies to accelerate socio-economic prosperity in South Africa. The organisation’s work contributes to industrial development and supports a capable state.
Senior Embedded Hardware/Software Engineer: Internet of Things (IoT)
About the job:
The CSIR has a vacancy for Senior Embedded Hardware/Software Engineer in the Emerging Digital Technologies for fourth Industrial Revolution (EDT4IR) Research Centre within the Next Generation Enterprises and Institutions Cluster. The incumbent will be responsible to design, develop and implement IoT systems architecture and solutions. This position is based in Pretoria.
For more information about the cluster, please visit https://www.csir.co.za/nextgen-enterprises-and-institutions.
Key responsibilities: Develop innovative solutions in IoT and remain well-versed in new technologies in the evolving IoT space; Provide technical and thought leadership for the development and integration of new IoT solutions; Participate in project proposals and detailed specifications based on the needs of the business; Contribute to various aspects of the product development life cycle including concept development, digital circuit design and printed circuit board (PCB) design / manufacturing and packaging of robust or industrialised products; Lead and coordinate projects involving hardware/firmware development and embedded Linux development; Lead the development of the system’s low-level software architecture; Implement firmware and drivers; Debug issues related to product development; Develop test procedures and test hardware, software and systems developed; Communicate with vendors of components and tools as needed; Ensure code compliance and best practices are adhered to; Ensure approvals are obtained through SABS, ICASA, etc. Create and maintain technical documentation; Supervise/mentor junior staff in the area(s) of expertise; Remain current in field of expertise with respect to new approaches in tools, methods or technologies.
Qualifications, skills and experience: A Bachelor’s degree in computer science/engineering, electrical/electronic engineering, information technology or related field with at least five years’ experience in IoT field and embedded hardware and software engineering; An Honours or Master’s degree will be advantageous; Experience in developing low-power and real-time embedded systems, including sensor modelling and integration, hardware interfacing such as GPIO, I2C; Experience in PCB design, embedded chips, schematics, managing production, testing; Experience in technical writing, such as preparing good quality technical reports for complex systems; Experience with networking and communications standards, protocols, and technologies relevant to IoT (applications e.g. BLE, Wi¿Fi, 6LoWPAN, Zigbee, LoRa, Sigfox, and NB-IoT) for industrial applications; Proficient in rapid prototyping, development and convergence with other technologies Must be extremely proficient in embedded C /C++; Must have a thorough grasp of TCP/IP (both IPv4 and IPv6) networking; Solid practical embedded hardware/software skills – including planning, designing, implementing, monitoring and troubleshooting of the developed technologies; Ability to develop prediction models and extracting data for garnering useful insights and analytics; Ability to analyse new IoT technologies to quantify risk and feasibility; Good knowledge of various Low-Power Wide-Area Network (LPWAN) technologies, 3G/4G/5G and RFID; Familiar with electronic measurement instruments and software test methods; Establish, design and configure a secure IoT system for industrial applications; Self-motivated, high initiative and enthusiastic person; Demonstrated skills in: analytical thinking, flexibility and adaptability, investigative orientation, planning and organising, problem solving, verbal and written communication, teamwork, self-management (planning, prioritising and time management – includes the ability to work independently), systems level thinking and quality management.
PLEASE NOTE THAT FEEDBACK WILL BE GIVEN TO SHORTLISTED CANDIDATES ONLY.
The CSIR is an equal opportunity employer. As such, it is committed to the Employment Equity Act of 1998. By applying for this position at the CSIR, the applicant understands, consents and agrees that the CSIR may solicit a credit and criminal report from a registered credit bureau and/or SAPS (in relation to positions that require trust and honesty and/or entail the handling of cash or finances) and may also verify the applicant’s educational qualifications and employment history. The CSIR reserves the right to remove the advertisement at any time before the stated closing date and it further reserves the right not to appoint if a suitable candidate is not identified.
Pretoria, South Africa