Firmware and Embedded Software Engineer: Electronic Warfare (EW) High Speed Digital Hardware


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Firmware and Embedded Software Engineer: Electronic Warfare (EW) High Speed Digital Hardware

About the job:

The CSIR has a vacancy for a Firmware and Embedded Software Engineer in the Radar and Electronic Warfare Impact Area. The vacancies are in the EW Groups which integrates the capabilities for conceptualization, development and supply of specialised radar test and evaluation equipment. The incumbent will be responsible for the development of world-class high-speed digital hardware, firmware and embedded software for high speed digital hardware.  The position is located in Pretoria.

For more info about the cluster and impact area, please visit: and respectively.

Key responsibilities:

Develop (design, layout and firmware development) of high-speed digital modules for advanced EW scenario simulators;
Develop (design, layout and firmware development) control, interface and signal distribution modules for advanced hardware-in-loop facilities;
Layout PC boards for Radio Frequency designs;
Assemble, debug, set-to-work and testing of hardware;
Support procurement of components;
Provide configuration control and version management of designs, layout and manufacturing files;
Administer mentor graphics licenses for Impact Area.
Qualifications, skills and experience:

A Bachelor of Engineering in electronic / Computer engineering with at least two years’ experience in the following:High speed digital and mixed signal hardware design/PC Boards;
Debugging hardware;
Firmware and embedded software development;
An Honours or Master’s degree in the relevant field will be advantageous;
Must have the following skills/training:Formal / Informal Altium Training;
Formal / Informal Mentor Graphics Training;
Formal / Informal VHDL Training;
Formal / Informal Embedded Software Training;
Multiple operating systems;
Proven capability of document preparation.
Closing date: 19 February 2021


For more info, please contact the CSIR Recruitment Centre on 012 841 4774 or email us at

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.