First listed on: 12 January 2022

Research Software Engineer - Australian SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP)


The Opportunity

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  • Work in a dynamic research and HPC environment
  • Contribute to world-class, cutting-edge astronomy projects
  • Join our team at CSIRO and make a difference – Australian science, Australia’s future!

The Australian SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP) is CSIRO’s new-technology radio telescope. Located in the remote Murchison region of Western Australia, a unique feature of ASKAP is that a supercomputer forms an integral part of the telescope.  ASKAP produces data at an unprecedented rate (3GB/s), that is sent to the Pawsey High Performance Computing (HPC) centre in Perth in real time. The need for ASKAP to produce science ready data products, combined with the need to process extremely large volumes of data very quickly in a supercomputing environment, creates a challenging software ecosystem.

As a Research Software Engineer with CSIRO’s Space and Astronomy business unit (S&A), you will develop innovative software and software components that coordinate and perform efficient flow of radio astronomy data.  Working within a HPC environment, you will make a valuable contribution to current and future astronomy-related research.

S&A is committed to providing a safe and inclusive workplace culture and implementing initiatives to improve diversity and equity within our workplace. This role is offered on a full-time or part-time basis.  

In this role you will:

  • Work together with project stakeholders to determine their needs and priorities. 
  • Assist in the design, implementation, testing and maintenance of software components. 
  • Triage issues appropriately. 
  • Participate in operational support of ASKAP by contributing to fault analysis of software components.
  • Share your knowledge and experience, create software solutions, and nurture innovation.
  • Create software solutions by exploring new ideas and approaches and networking with science and engineering colleagues.

Location:     Kensington (Perth) Western Australia or Marsfield (Sydney) New South Wales
Salary:          AU$100k - AU$111k pa (pro-rata for part-time) + up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:         Indefinite – Full-time or part-time, minimum 60 hours/fortnight
Reference:    80110

To be considered you will need:

  • A relevant Bachelor’s or Master’s degree, or equivalent relevant work experience in Computer Science and Programming.
  • Extensive experience (approximately 3-5 years minimum) developing distributed software solutions.
  • Experience with Python and Unix/Linux.
  • Experience in high-level software design and documentation.
  • The ability to identify and manage complex problems, and adapt quickly to changing circumstances.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to liaise effectively with both technical and non-technical stakeholders.

For full details about this role please view the Position Details 


  • Applications are open to Australian or New Zealand Citizens and Australian Permanent Residents
  • The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Clearance or equivalent, and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.

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 online and 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 24 January, 2022 (11pm AEDT)

We reserve the right to withdraw this ad prior to the closing date.

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