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We’re always on the lookout for exceptional people.

If you think you have what it takes, send your CV and a cover letter detailing why you think you’re up for the challenge to careers@siyavula.com.

Could this be you?

Apply to be a part of our team.

Vacant positions you can apply for now:

All positions are based at our office in Cape Town unless otherwise specified. Siyavula Education Pty Ltd reserves the right not to fill these positions.

Educational Technologist - Maths Pedagogy

Do you want to enhance learning through technology and build exercises that engage and motivate learners? We're looking for an expert in maths pedagogy to join our team. If you think you have what it takes, we'd like to hear from you.

Educational Technologist - Physical Sciences Pedagogy

Do you want to enhance learning through technology and build exercises that engage and motivate learners? We're looking for an expert in physical sciences pedagogy to join our team. If you think you have what it takes, we'd like to hear from you.

Educational Technologist - Technical Specialist

5 positions

Do you want to enhance learning through technology and build exercises that engage and motivate learners? We're looking for an expert in physical sciences pedagogy to join our team. If you think you have what it takes, we'd like to hear from you.

Full-stack Python Developer

Interested in joining our team in building a robust, scalable software service to help Maths and Science education around the world? If you've got the drive and the skills, let us know.

Graphic and UX designer

Interested in joining our team to design rich Maths and Science educational experiences for learners around the world? If you've got the drive and the skills, let us know.

What we’re like to work with

At Siyavula, we’re seriously passionate about improving maths and science education and we've got a unique product worth throwing our weight behind. We're set to expand our reach, taking our online learning platform not just further into South Africa, but also out to the rest of the world.

Our highly-driven team work out of offices in the centre of Cape Town - best city on the planet. We’re proud geeks and no, that does not mean we all have backgrounds in the hard-core Sciences :) We’re interested in people who are good at coming alongside and working together on a project, but are also capable of managing their own efforts, getting on a with the job at hand and delivering a high-quality product, every time.

We’re a start-up and start-up culture permeates a lot of what we do. We work with a relatively-flat organisational structure, have plenty of coffee (it powers our office), eat lunch together on a Friday, enjoy flexible work hours and our shutdown over Christmas doesn’t come out of your leave - Bonus!

We’re working hard to make a big difference and to enjoying the ride. If this sounds appealing to you, get in touch.

Educational Technologist specialising in Maths Pedagogy

Siyavula is looking for an expert in maths pedagogy to join its team of Educational Technologists. You would be joining an amazing team of highly skilled people from various backgrounds, including teaching and academia, who are passionate about education and continuing their own learning.

What do Siyavula’s Educational Technologists do?

You will be part of the team of content experts that plan, code, and scaffold the exercises that appear on our online service, Siyavula Practice, which consists of an underlying platform that delivers, marks, and sequences maths and science exercises. Thousands of high school learners (from across South Africa and the rest of the world) access this service daily.

Sign up for a free trial and check it out at www.siyavula.com.

The roles and responsibilities as an Educational Technologist at Siyavula can be roughly divided into two specialisation streams, both of which involve the application of your expert subject knowledge. They are pedagogy and technical specialists. All Educational Technologists will be involved in both pedagogical and technical spheres to a certain extent and there is often a fair amount of fluidity between the two specialisations

Our pedagogy specialists design, write, review, and scaffold exercises in their area of subject expertise, as well as assist in textbook authoring, reviewing, and collating. Technical specialists work together with the pedagogy specialists to encode the exercises as computer programs in order to generate randomised versions of questions testing the same core concept.

As part of EdTech Production you need to work both with the team as well as independently. Self-awareness and the ability to determine opportunities for your own growth are key. You need to be a go-getter who is able to identify problems and step in to solve them.

Roles and responsibilities

As a maths pedagogy specialist you are expected to know how to explain your subject (teaching knowledge / pedagogical content knowledge). As part of your role, you would be required to:

  1. design sets of interactive, adaptive, dynamic, fun, contextual, and engaging exercises that cover high school content
  2. write clear, accurate, and grammatically correct explanations of content, based on concepts and targeting misconceptions when appropriate
  3. structure exercises in a way that helps learners master the content by knowing how learning works
  4. plan and sequence exercises within content sections in an effective way so that learners encounter exercises in an order that will help them to learn
  5. work in the context of the local curriculum (CAPS), with the possibility of expanding content to cater for different curricula from around the world
  6. plan pedagogically insightful software libraries together with a technical specialist

Minimum requirements

Below are the minimum requirements to fill the role of a maths pedagogy specialist:

  • expert maths content knowledge (beyond school level)
  • excellent command of written English
  • the ability to explain concepts clearly and appropriately
  • teaching experience including:
    • pedagogical content knowledge, including an awareness of both common misconceptions as well as ways of explaining that best aid learning
    • advantage: creating your own content for lessons and assessments
    • advantage: familiarity with the South African grade 8 to 12 curriculum (CAPS)
  • a willingness to learn computer programming skills
    • advantage: programming experience
  • high computer proficiency
    • be comfortable using Google products including collaborative Google docs
    • a willingness to learn how to use a Linux operating system, Github and the command line
    • be comfortable searching for solutions to computer problems/coding issues using resources such as Stack Overflow
    • advantage: already comfortable with a Linux operating system
    • advantage: already comfortable using the command line/terminal

If you’re the candidate we’re looking for: you know and love your subject; have strong problem-solving skills; are passionate regarding your own continued learning; and are enthusiastic about working in a team. Most of all, you should want to make a difference to education in South Africa and around the world!

And finally, you are a good candidate if you smile at the mention of the Euler Identity :-)

Salary

Market related.

To apply

Send an email with a cover letter and your CV to careers@siyavula.com with the subject line “Educational Technologist, specialising in mathematics” and we’ll get back to you. We look forward to hearing from you!

Siyavula Education Pty Ltd reserves the right not to fill this position.


Educational Technologist specialising in Physical Sciences Pedagogy

Siyavula is looking for an expert in physical sciences (physics and chemistry) pedagogy to join its team of Educational Technologists. You would be joining an amazing team of highly skilled people from various backgrounds, including teaching and academia, who are passionate about education and continuing their own learning.

What do Siyavula’s Educational Technologists do?

You will be part of the team of content experts that plan, code, and scaffold the exercises that appear on our online service, Siyavula Practice, which consists of an underlying platform that delivers, marks, and sequences maths and science exercises. Thousands of high school learners (from across South Africa and the rest of the world) access this service daily.

Sign up for a free trial and check it out at www.siyavula.com.

The roles and responsibilities as an Educational Technologist at Siyavula can be roughly divided into two specialisation streams, both of which involve the application of your expert subject knowledge. They are pedagogy and technical specialists. All Educational Technologists will be involved in both pedagogical and technical spheres to a certain extent and there is often a fair amount of fluidity between the two specialisations

Our pedagogy specialists design, write, review, and scaffold exercises in their area of subject expertise, as well as assist in textbook authoring, reviewing, and collating. Technical specialists work together with the pedagogy specialists to encode the exercises as computer programs in order to generate randomised versions of questions testing the same core concept.

As part of EdTech Production you need to work both with the team as well as independently. Self-awareness and the ability to determine opportunities for your own growth are key. You need to be a go-getter who is able to identify problems and step in to solve them.

Roles and responsibilities

As a physical sciences pedagogy specialist you are expected to know how to explain concepts in both physics and chemistry (teaching knowledge / pedagogical content knowledge). As part of your role, you would be required to:

  1. design sets of interactive, adaptive, dynamic, fun, contextual, and engaging exercises that cover high school content
  2. write clear, accurate, and grammatically correct explanations of content, based on concepts and targeting misconceptions when appropriate
  3. structure exercises in a way that helps learners master the content by knowing how learning works
  4. plan and sequence exercises within content sections in an effective way so that learners encounter exercises in an order that will help them to learn
  5. work in the context of the local curriculum (CAPS), with the possibility of expanding content to cater for different curricula from around the world
  6. plan pedagogically insightful software libraries together with a technical specialist

Minimum requirements

Below are the minimum requirements to fill the role of a physical sciences pedagogy specialist:

  • expert physics and chemistry content knowledge (beyond school level)
  • excellent command of written English
  • the ability to explain concepts clearly and appropriately
  • teaching experience including:
    • pedagogical content knowledge, including an awareness of both common misconceptions as well as ways of explaining that best aid learning
    • advantage: creating your own content for lessons and assessments
    • advantage: familiarity with the South African Grade 10 to 12 Physical Sciences curriculum (CAPS)
    • advantage: familiarity with the South African Grade 8 and 9 Natural Sciences curriculum (CAPS; specifically the Matter & Materials and Energy & Change knowledge strands)
  • a willingness to learn computer programming skills
    • advantage: programming experience
  • high computer proficiency
    • be comfortable using Google products including collaborative Google docs
    • a willingness to learn how to use a Linux operating system, Github and the command line
    • be comfortable searching for solutions to computer problems/coding issues using resources such as Stack Overflow
    • advantage: already comfortable with a Linux operating system
    • advantage: already comfortable using the command line/terminal

If you’re the candidate we’re looking for: you know and love your subject; have strong problem-solving skills; are passionate regarding your own continued learning; and are enthusiastic about working in a team. Your passion for science education should be the type of vector we’re looking for: great in magnitude, and pointing in the direction of making a difference to education in South Africa and around the world!

And finally, you are a good candidate if the eerie resemblance between Lenz's Law and Le Chatelier's Principle gives you goosebumps. :-)

Salary

Market related.

To apply

Send an email with a cover letter and your CV to careers@siyavula.com with the subject line “Educational Technologist, specialising in physical sciences” and we’ll get back to you. We look forward to hearing from you!

Siyavula Education Pty Ltd reserves the right not to fill this position.


Educational Technologist - technical specialist

5 positions

Siyavula is looking for a technical specialist to join its team of Educational Technologists. You would be joining an amazing team of highly skilled people from various backgrounds, including teaching and academia, who are passionate about education and continuing their own learning.

What do Siyavula’s Educational Technologists do?

You will be part of the team of content experts that plan, code, and scaffold the exercises that appear on our online service, Siyavula Practice, which consists of an underlying platform that delivers, marks, and sequences maths and science exercises. Thousands of high school learners (from across South Africa and the rest of the world) access this service daily.

Sign up for a free trial and check it out at www.siyavula.com.

The roles and responsibilities as a technical specialist on the EdTech Production team at Siyavula include working together with the pedagogy specialists to encode exercises as computer programs in order to generate randomised versions of questions testing the same core concept. As all members of the EdTech team are involved to some degree in both the technical and pedagogical spheres, good mathematical or scientific content knowledge is required for technical specialists.

As part of EdTech Production you need to work both with the team as well as independently. Self-awareness and the ability to determine opportunities for your own growth are key. You need to be a go-getter who is able to identify problems and step in to solve them.

Roles and responsibilities

As a technical specialist you would be required to:

  1. code exercises (using Python, XML, and LaTeX) to be interactive, adaptive, and dynamic
  2. implement any updates needed to old code
  3. develop pedagogically insightful software libraries with functional design in collaboration with a pedagogy specialist

Minimum requirements

Below are the minimum requirements to fill the role of a technical specialist:

  • the ability to code well in python and use LaTeX
    • advantage: experience using technologies which include XML, TikZ, PsTricks, and HTML
  • some experience tutoring or giving training
    • advantage: formal tutoring experience
  • excellent command of written English
  • high computer proficiency
    • be comfortable using Google products including collaborative Google docs
    • familiarity with Linux operating systems, Github and the command line
  • a first year university course in mathematics
  • a bachelor of science
    • advantage: major in mathematics, physics or chemistry
    • advantage: undergraduate courses in computer science
    • advantage: postgraduate studies

If you’re the candidate we’re looking for: you have strong problem-solving skills; are passionate regarding your own continued learning; and are enthusiastic about working in a team. Most of all, you should want to make a difference to education in South Africa and around the world!

Salary

This is a fixed term contract with a market-related salary.

To apply

Send an email with a cover letter and your CV to careers@siyavula.com with the subject line “Educational Technologist, technical specialist” and we’ll get back to you. We look forward to hearing from you!

Siyavula Education Pty Ltd reserves the right not to fill this position.


Full-stack Python Developer

The kind of work you could be part of

You would be working within a relatively small team of software devs (±5) who work closely with each other and the rest of the organisation. We have adopted some industry best practices and want to see your skills grow as much as you do. At Siyavula, you’ll be exposed to automated tests, static code analysis, peer review and a culture that is big on constant learning. Our development process is focused on being agile, but not slavishly adherent to any one way of being agile and we’re figuring out a lot of stuff as we grow and as our product grows.

At Siyavula you would:

  • craft features to make learning more effective and fun, improving maths and science education;
  • forge tools to help teachers see where students are struggling and to gauge the effectiveness of their own teaching practices; and
  • build software tools that our own team of super-heroes can use to function at their best.

What we're looking for

We’re interested in finding keen minds that want to make a difference - in South Africa and around the world. We value continuous learning, using MOOC’s, participation in local conferences (eg. PyCon) and/or any other approach that helps you to become better at what you do.

We’re looking specifically for an experienced dev for this role (4+ years in web development) - a battle-hardened software craftsman who's fought with programming challenges and won!

We use Python, Pyramid, SQL Alchemy, PostgreSQL, Jinja, SASS and git. If you don’t know some of these but still think you’ve got what it takes, get in touch and we'll send you our coding challenge so you can amaze us.

Salary

In line with experience and market related.

To apply

Send an email with a cover letter and your CV to careers@siyavula.com with the subject line “Full-stack Python Developer” and we’ll get back to you. We look forward to hearing from you!


Graphic and UX designer

The kind of work you could be part of

Siyavula is an EdTech company with an online maths and science practice service for high school learners. Siyavula Practice allows learners to practise maths and science questions in a sequence that is best suited to their individual needs. Questions are automatically marked, and detailed solutions are provided. This allows learners to practise for mastery at their own pace, driven by a machine learning algorithm.

The service caters for any device with a web browser, even the most basic phone. This means that it maximises access even in rural areas. We balance earned sponsorship with a retail offering and school-specific products. This allows us to reach all learners irrespective of background. We are already reaching over 100 000 learners and will be expanding into other markets in Africa in 2018.

What we are looking for

Siyavula is looking for a multi-talented person to take responsibility for building and maintaining the aesthetic of our practice service and marketing media.

In this role, you will provide art direction and visual design expertise. We are a small team and you will work directly with our learning researcher, pedagogy specialists, and front- and back-end developers to create great user experiences.

Exceptional attention to detail, self-awareness and the ability to determine opportunities for your own growth are key. If you are the candidate we are looking for, you should be excited about the broad scope of this open-ended role, not frustrated by it.

Role responsibilities

As a graphic and UX designer at Siyavula, you will be required to:

  • Maintain and help refine the Siyavula identity across multiple projects
  • Work with our team to create user onboarding experiences, motivational content for learners, data-driven dashboards for parents and teachers, and more
  • Collaborate with marketing team members to drive the look and feel of our content marketing, including social media, blog and PDFs
  • Lead the UX direction of our practice service with our product manager, which includes conducting usability testing and contextual enquiries
  • Create wireframes and mockups with project managers, guide our developers to successfully implement designs, and participate in QA
  • Help create our brand guidelines, and work with our front-end developer on our existing UI style guide

We are looking for someone who is excited about an opportunity to use their skills to enhance the learning experience of 100 000s of learners, and help us reach our goal of helping 10 million aspiring learners in Africa excel in maths and science by 2025. We are passionate about education, and we want to build rich learning experiences to excite learners. If that inspires you, you will fit in perfectly!

Required skills & experience

  • 3+ years of professional UX, UI and graphic design experience
  • Undergraduate degree in graphic design, web design or a related field, or equivalent past work experience supported by portfolio
  • High proficiency in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign
  • Solid, demonstrable experience in creating site flows, user flows, wireframes, and other UX deliverables
  • Good understanding of HTML and CSS, and experience with mobile-first, responsive and accessible web design
  • Familiarity with Marvel or equivalent for creating interactive prototypes, or ability to quickly learn
  • Excellent written and verbal communication

Advantageous skills & experience

Experience with the following is not required but is advantageous and will complement our team's skills:

  • Illustration
  • 2D animation
  • Data visualisation
  • JavaScript (jQuery or React)

Salary

In line with experience and market related.

To apply

Send an email with a cover letter, your CV and a link to your portfolio to careers@siyavula.com with the subject line “Graphic and UX Designer” and we’ll get back to you. We look forward to hearing from you!

All applications will be screened and we will request that shortlisted candidates complete a simple assignment to help guide our decision-making for the interview stage.

Siyavula Education Pty Ltd reserves the right not to fill this position.

What are we passionate about?

"I have an opportunity to make an impact on thousands of students scattered in several countries. It’s a responsibility that I take seriously."

- Saymore, Educational Technologist

"I am enthusiastic about education because it is a tranformative and empowering process. Education improves societies. I am also keenly tuned in to maths, which is unique in its pristine elegance and provides numerous surprises."

- Eric, Educational Technologist

"I love the fact that the work I do is in some small way contributing to improving society. I believe change has a ripple effect."

- Hannelie, School Accounts Manager

"I am fascinated and enthralled by the experience and possibilities at which maths, science, art, design and curiosity collide."

- Megan, Instructional Designer

"I enjoy tackling large and seemingly unsolvable problems and learning a lot in the process of solving the problem."

- Heather, Technical Editor

"I'm dead passionate about striking a balance between purely academic knowledge, practical experience as well as creative endeavours."

- Ewald, Senior Developer

"Chemistry opens up a whole other way of seeing things, a different way of understanding the world around us. That fascinates me, and I'd like to pass on this interest in understanding the world we live in."

- Kate, Educational Technologist

"I think what I like most about Siyavula is the deep sense of personal fulfillment that I get from working with a technological product that assists young learners."

- Rebecca, School Accounts Manager

"I am fascinated by how we (as individuals and groups) think, learn, create and communicate."

- Nicky, Product Manager

"My passion is to get things done."

- Thembile, Accounting Officer

"I am passionate about assisting the youth from disadvantaged backgrounds reach highest standards in education in spite of what they lack in resources."

- Nandi, Schools Liaison

"Teaching others so that they can harness the power that physics knowledge grants as well as appreciate the intrinsic beauty of the subject is one of my greatest passions."

- Adam, Educational Technologist

"I love being surrounded by people who challenge and push me to better myself. Working as part of the Siyavula team definitely has this covered!"

- Cynthia, Office Manager

"As someone who is not originally from South Africa, I am passionate about making a positive impact in this country, which has been so good to me."

- Gina, Project Manager

"I care deeply about helping people reach their full potential and think that education is a tool for true empowerment. I love astronomy."

- Kosma, Educational Technologist

"I believe that science is really about learning how to ask and answer questions about the surprising, fascinating world in which we live."

- Melanie, Educational Technologist

"I am passionate about the way education can shape and change someone behavior and approach to life. That moment a student realises he/she has applied something they thought impossible to grasp at first."

- Nadia, Educational Technologist

"I really love that energy that comes from a group of us collectively finding a better way to do things more effectively. I also love solving problems."

- Richard, Senior Developer

"I really enjoy working with teachers to understand their individual and very, very unique situations."

- Will, Sales Manager