The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) is a public entity under the National Department of Science and Innovation (DSI).

SANSA has a mandate to drive the promotion and use of space and cooperation in space-related activities. To achieve this mandate, the Agency fosters research in space science and technology advances space engineering programmes, and supports the creation of an environment conducive to industrial development in space technologies within the framework of national government policy. More information about the organization can be found at http://www.sansa.org.za

SANSA thrives on our employees’ creativity, competencies, and expertise, and on their ingenuity to succeed in a high-performing environment. If you aspire to the SANSA values of Service, Teamwork, Respect, Integrity, Personal Growth, and Excellence, and living these in a fast-paced and innovative environment, then SANSA could be the place for you.

We are currently assembling a team to take with us to Antarctica for the summer.

The trip will be from approximately the beginning of December 2023 till the end of February 2024.

Any individual interested in an experience of a lifetime, with some scientific/engineering background may apply for this opportunity.

There will be no payment made to the chosen people, but all their expenses will be paid, starting from Cape Town.

As the take-over occurs under harsh conditions and hard physical labour must be executed, candidates must be physically fit and mentally strong. Shortlisted applicants will have to undergo a full medical screening, including a dental examination at SANSA’s cost.

More information on the island and human activities there can be found at:



Background verification, including criminal record, credit checks, security clearances, qualifications, and citizenship checks, as well as competency assessment and psychometric testing, may form part of the selection process. By applying for this vacancy, the candidates consent that SANSA can collect, process,

and share their Personal Information (PI) for verification, assessments, and employment purposes only.

SANSA subscribes to the principles of the Employment Equity Act. In accordance with the Employment Equity Plan of SANSA and its Employment Equity goals and targets, preference will be given to candidates from under-represented designated groups.

Should you be interested in this amasing experience and are prepared for physically challenging and satisfying work, please e-mail the documents listed below to rvandermerwe@sansa.org.za.

  • your detailed CV (indicating in the subject line of your email Antarctica Take-over 2023/24)
  • a cover letter summarising the reasons for applying.
  • If you are a SANSAS student – a letter from your supervisor/s, giving you permission to go as we cannot jeopardize your studies.
  • If you are a SANSA Staff member – permission from your Line Manager.


Communication will only be conducted with short-listed candidates. If applicants have not heard from us within 4 weeks of the closing date, regard your application as unsuccessful. SANSA reserves the right not to make an appointment.


Closing Date:  31 August 2023

Reney van der merwe