First listed on: 26 May 2022

Infrastructure Development Lead - AusCalVal Facility


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The Opportunity

  • Flexible role with option for part-time
  • Work closely with key stakeholders to support the calibration of new satellites
  • Join our team and play a leading role in an exciting new program of Earth observation activities

CSIRO is home to extensive Earth Observation (EO) science and has established and operated EO satellite calibration sites across Australia for over 15 years.  We continue to grow this capability in support of the National Space Mission for Earth Observation (NSMEO) through further development of the AusCalVal Facility. The Infrastructure Development Lead – AusCalVal Facility is a leadership role in an exciting new program of Earth observation activities being established to support the implementation of the Australian Government Earth Observation from Space Roadmap (‘EO Roadmap’), including the NSMEO.

As the Infrastructure Development Lead – AusCalVal Facility, you will support the Manager AusCalVal Facility in undertaking detailed infrastructure planning, and lead relevant engineering siting studies with CSIRO experts and contractors.  You will lead the subsequent progressive roll-out of associated engineering works, and operation and maintenance of new national cal/val sites across Australia, incorporating, where appropriate, existing sites already in place for calibration and validation. In this role you will liaise closely with fellow Australian Government agencies on the necessary quality control, processing, packaging and delivery steps of the calibration and validation data produced by the AusCalVal Facility.

CSIRO Space and Astronomy is committed to providing a safe and inclusive work culture and implementing initiatives to improve diversity and equity within our workplace. This role is offered on a full?time or part?time basis.

Your duties will include:

  • Coordinate cal/val siting and engineering studies for new cal/val sites and upgrade of existing sites.
  • Oversee relevant engineering works by external contractors undertaking siting works.
  • Procure infrastructure and instrumentation required for AusCalVal sites. 
  • Oversee the day-to-day operation of the AusCalVal facility and associated field sites and their regular maintenance.
  • Work collaboratively as the leader of a professional team and represent CSIRO in external forums.
  • Coordinate calibration data management and distribution with partner agencies.
  • Play a key advisory role in decisions concerning scientific and/or technological direction.
  • Maintain an awareness of trends in research, technology and cross-functional technological/scientific innovations to target opportunities for uptake.
  • Promote, influence and adhere to the spirit and practice of CSIRO’s Values, Code of Conduct, Health, Safety and Environment procedures and policy, Diversity initiatives and Zero Harm goals. 
  • Liaise closely with colleagues, stakeholders and suppliers in the interests of good business practice, collaboration and enhancement of CSIRO’s reputation.

Location: Canberra (ACT), Adelaide (SA) or Perth (WA)
Salary: AU$117k - AU$138k pa (pro-rata for part-time) + up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified Term ending 30 June 2025 Full-time or Part-time (minimum 0.8FTE)
Reference: 84642

To be considered you will need:

  • A relevant trade certificate/diploma/bachelor’s/engineering degree or equivalent relevant work experience in the use of scientific instrumentation and establishment of associated laboratory facilities.
  • Successful project management and team management experience.
  • Work experience on multi-agency, multi-partner collaborative research projects or engineering programs.
  • Experience or working knowledge in relevant laboratory data management concepts, curation and distribution.
  • Experience or working knowledge in satellite data management and associated computing and online tools.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, and a strong history of working effectively in teams.

To see the full list of criteria for this role, please view the Position Details


  • Applications are open to Australian Citizens only.
  • 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. 

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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

Thursday 23 June, 2022 (11pm AEST)

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

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