Software Engineer - Research Development Operations - CSIRO - ICTCareer

First listed on: 03 September 2021

Software Engineer - Research Development Operations


The Opportunity

  • Draw on your experience in designing & developing significant software projects
  • Help solve big, complex problems that make a real difference
  • Join CSIRO and make a difference!

The Coasts and Ocean Research Program within CSIRO’s Oceans and Atmosphere Business Unit conducts research into coastal and marine environments, with an emphasis on the sustainable impact of risks imposed by climate variability and change, industry, and other developmental impacts. We achieve this through the provision of innovative and integrated monitoring, evaluation and forecasting data, tools and services together with strategic advice aimed at minimising environmental impact whilst ensuring triple bottom line resource use. 

In your capacity as a Software Engineer, you be will involved in developing, deploying and administering data systems, web services and web tools to enable efficient delivery across a range of projects. You will also support other researchers and software engineers and will work across server-side and client-side aspects of new and existing systems which are delivering key data to end users.

Your duties will include:

  • Being responsible for the administration and maintenance of servers and web applications used for the delivery of environmental data and decision support.
  • Contributing to the development, adaptation, deployment, and support of experimental client and server-side data services and other web applications.
  • Implementing and maintaining appropriate security for any personal, commercial, or other sensitive information you have access to in the course of your duties.
  • Participating in project scoping and planning, making significant contributions to the research or technological direction and may advise on the level and type of services that are provided.
  • Working collaboratively as part of a multi-disciplinary, regionally dispersed research team to carry out tasks in support of CSIRO’s scientific objectives.

Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Salary: AU$100k - AU$109k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Indefinite
Reference: 76246

To be considered you will need:


  • Appropriate degree or relevant experience in software engineering, computer science, or IT systems administration.
  • Experience in software engineering and Linux operating system administration.
  • Knowledge of server scripting languages, network security, process management, and other systems administration concepts.
  • Experiences with one or more public cloud computing technologies (e.g. Amazon Web Services, Azure, Google Cloud, OpenStack)
  • Experience in two or more programming languages (e.g. Python, Java, or C++)
  • Demonstrated ability to write technical documentation and training materials related to the systems you are working on.
  • Experience with version control and code management systems. 


  • Continuous integration and deployment tools (e.g. GitLab Pipelines, GitHub actions, Azure DevOps or equivalent).
  • Server automation tools (e.g. Puppet, Ansible, Chef, Terraform, Vault)
  • Container-cluster deployment tools  (e.g. docker-swarm-mode and/or Kubernetes).
  • Practical knowledge of one or more workflow tools (e.g. Celery, Cronicle, NextFlow, AirFlow, Snakemake, Argo or equivalent).
  • Web application authentication methods (e.g. LDAP, SAML, OAuth 2.0, OpenID Connect).
  • Experience with additional scripting languages (e.g. JavaScript and CSS, PHP, R, Matlab)
  • Experience with relational or non-relational (NoSQL) databases (e.g. PostgreSQL, MySQL, Oracle, MongoDB)

For full details about this role please review the Position Description


To be eligible to work in CSIRO you must be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident, or hold a valid working visa.

The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent. Additional integrity checks may be required for specific roles which require security clearance for working with children, Australian Government cybersecurity requirements, or other identified security roles.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. 

Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit people representing the diversity across our society, and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. 


At CSIRO Australia's national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. We put the safety and wellbeing of our people above all else and earn trust everywhere because we only deal in facts. We collaborate widely and generously and deliver solutions with real impact. 

Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications Close

31 October 2021, 11:00pm AEST/AEDT