First listed on: 21 October 2020

SKA Telescope Integration Leader 

  • Ensure AIV outcomes are aligned with high-level objectives
  • Develop environmentally sensitive solutions
  • Build strong relationships and liaise with SKA partners around the globe

CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science (CASS) builds and operates radio telescopes around Australia, including the iconic Parkes “Dish” and the Australia Telescope Compact Array in Narrabri.  CSIRO is playing a lead role in the design, development and construction of the world’s largest radio telescope, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA).  SKA Low, the Australian component of SKA, will be built at CSIRO’s Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory (MRO), ~300km northeast of Geraldton, Western Australia.

As part of Australia’s contribution, CSIRO will perform the work of telescope Assembly, Integration and Verification (AIV) for SKA Low.  As the Telescope Integration Leader, you will lead CSIRO’s AIV team, planning and executing SKA AIV activities and working towards telescope commissioning prior to handover to the science verification team.  You will draw from a broad background in system engineering, project management and one or more areas of RF-signals and instrumentation, electronics or software engineering). 

A job-share arrangement will be considered for this position if circumstances permit.

In this role you will:

  • Build an inclusive team culture and lead the Australian / CSIRO AIV team to successfully execute AIV during construction.
  • Lead the acceptance of products or sub-systems from relevant product suppliers.
  • Contribute to the creation and execution of the engineering integration, acceptance and verification tests, and participate in acceptance testing of arriving components.
  • Ensure methodical verification of the system before components are released to science commissioning.
  • Monitor and adjust the schedule and team priorities to achieve optimal effectiveness.
  • Contribute to the planning and prioritisation of SKA project activities within a Scaled Agile Framework.
  • Build strong relationships and represent CSIRO externally.

Location:  Perth or Geraldton, Western Australia
Salary: AU$136k - AU$150k per annum plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: 5 year term
Reference:  69929

To be considered you will hold a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in engineering (preferably electronic or software) or have a relevant science degree.

You will also have:

  • Experience and domain knowledge of one or more SKA-relevant areas of activity.
  • Substantial experience using system engineering tools and concepts as applied to large-scale science or technology projects.
  • Success in planning and performing integration of complex systems.
  • The ability to provide technical and people leadership to a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Strong knowledge of project management concepts.

To see all the criteria required for success in this role, click on the ‘Position Details’ link below.

Position Details


The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Clearance or equivalent.

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How to Apply

To apply online, please provide a CV and cover letter outlining your motivations for applying and your suitability for the role, paying particular attention to the requirements outlined in the Position Details.

Applications Close

Monday 30 November, 2020 (11pm AEDT)

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