Science Educator at South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO)

  • Permanent Intermediate position

  • Carnarvon, Northern Cape, Western Cape

  • Market Related salary

  • Job 2223296 | Ref 2940

  • Posted 12 Oct 2018 by National Research Foundation

About the Position

SARAO has an exciting opportunity for a Science Educator to join our Carnarvon based team on a three (3) year contract basis. The successful incumbent will be responsible for Physical Science to Grade 8 to 12 learners at Carnarvon High School.

Minimum education requirements:

  • BSc degree plus PGCE qualification or appropriate Teaching qualification

Minimum work experience required:

  • 4 years' experience teaching Physical Science at high school level

Duties include (but not limited to):

  • Planning and teaching Physical Science lessons to Grade 8 to Grade 12 learners
  • Managing the science laboratory at the school and ensuring it is adequately resourced at all times
  • Ensuring learner participation in extracurricular STEM activities, including Science Expos, Olympiads and Competitions
  • Organising the annual Carnarvon High School STEM careers expo

The ideal candidate will have the following competencies:


  • incorporate ICT in teaching
  • develop lesson plans
  • motivate learners in the classroom
  • assess learner performance
  • assist learners with science related projects
  • conduct exam preparations especially for Grade 12 learners
  • conduct Physics and Chemistry experiments
  • display good record keeping and reporting skills
  • conduct lessons in fluent Afrikaans


  • supervising learners with science related projects
  • learner participation in expos and competitions


  • STEM careers path
  • CAPS curriculum

About The Employer

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 and KAT-7 telescopes 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.

As a business unit of the NRF, SARAO is committed to employment equity and redress

Type of employment: Permanent

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