Space Weather Forecaster

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Location Hermanus, South Africa
Date Posted Feb 11, 2021
Category Engineering / Technical Jobs
Job Type Full-time

Description

Reporting to the Space Weather Practitioner, the incumbent will provide Space Weather forecasting and prediction services as a customer demand service within SANSA’s suite of products and services. The forecasting and prediction services are delivered as part of SANSA’s operational space weather centre, which is a 24/7 monitoring and control environment that will become operational in 2022.
Incumbents will work shifts (day and night on rotation)
This will include but is not limited to the following duties:
1.Monitoring and issuing space weather forecasts. In so doing he/she ensures that a significant part of fulfilling the office’s mandate, which is to:
•provide SW forecasting services to all clients that may require this service
•promote the SANSA brand within the region at various organized activities such as presentations and exhibitions,
•publish space weather-related reports related to the improvement of space weather process and process elements, where necessary.
•assist with Trend forecasts, and verification.
2.Troubleshooting and complex problem-solving of technical problems
3.Support activities such as:
•Forecast briefings which occur at the start of shifts, and at specified times between forecasting offices.
•Monthly operating reviews at Space Weather Forum
•Development and testing of new products and services
•Training of clients on applications
Requirements
The ideal candidate will have:
Minimum Qualifications for a level 1 forecaster:
•BSc Honours in Meteorology & Climate Science, Space Science, or Physics

Advantageous Qualifications
•Post grad Certificate in forecasting

Additional Training to be provided:
• Post grad Certificate in forecasting
•Space Weather forecasting methodology
Experience:
•1 – 2 Years weather related forecasting would be an advantage

Minimum Qualifications for a level 2 forecaster:
Minimum Qualifications
•MSc. in Space Science, Meteorology & Climate Science, Physics, Physics & Mathematics, Physics & Computer Science or Physics & Statistics

Advantageous Qualifications
•Post grad Certificate in forecasting

Additional Training to be provided:
•Post grad Certificate in forecasting
•Space Weather forecasting

Experience:
•1 – 2 Years weather related forecasting would be an advantage
Additional Requirements
•Drive, ambition and energy are essential
•Inter-personal skills such as ability to engage with stakeholders at various levels, and manage customer queries
•Initiative, and attention to detail
•Understanding of a customer centric approach
•Incumbents should be motivated to develop their skills and be passionate about science applications
•Willingness to be vetted for security clearance

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