Data Scientist

IDIA seeks to appoint a Data Scientist to work on the BRICS Intelligent Telescope and Data Network (BITDN), and the IDIA hackathon programme. The BITDN is a BRICS flagship programme in astronomy to develop a telescope and data network. It will draw on the opportunities presented by multi-wavelength space- and ground-based facilities that are accessed by the BRICS group for detection and follow-up of transient phenomena and the development of new data analytics tools for modern facilities. The Hackathon programme is aimed at growing data analytics skills across Africa using modern research platforms, such as the ilifu cloud computing facility.

Full advert and how to apply on the UWC website here

The successful candidate will be expected to:

  • Work with the BITDN software developer based at the South African Astronomical Observatory
  • Work with international teams to develop data analysis workflows for the BITDN
  • Develop tools for the scientific community to make use of large astronomical data sets
  • Develop data challenges for the hackathon programme
  • Develop a web-based platform for the data challenges
  • Provide technical support for hackathon events

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Data Science, or a related field
  • Experience in data science, in particular using Python
  • Experience using cloud computing
  • Experience with containerization
  • Excellent written and oral communication

The following would be advantageous:

  • Software development
  • Web development
  • Some knowledge of Astronomy or experience with data -intensive science projects

In your application, you are encouraged to highlight your strengths and also include anything else that you feel may be pertinent to the selection panel. Please attach your covering letter, a detailed curriculum vitae and highest qualification to your online profile. To be considered for this vacancy, you must click on the Apply for this Job link below or apply directly via UWC Careers at For any queries, please contact the Human Resources Department at +27 21 959 4063/9763/9708/3551/3756 or email:

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