First listed on: 08 July 2021
Strategic Futures Positions - Data Science, Economics, Social Science, Analysis 


APS Level 4/5-6 (S&T Level 3-4)
$68,442 - $93,993 (plus super)
Fairbairn - ACT


The Role

The Joint and Operations Analysis Division (JOAD) in Defence Science and Technology Group is offering several ongoing positions at the S&T3/4 Level (APS5/6). These positions are all in the Strategy and Joint Force (SJF) Major S&T Capability (MSTC) within JOAD, with a range of skills and experience being required.

The following positions, all located in Canberra ACT, are available:

  • Strategic Futures Analyst
  • Data Scientist
  • Emerging Technology Analyst – Economic impacts
  • Emerging Technology Analyst – Social impacts

Due to the diverse skills and responsibilities for these roles, applicants are strongly encouraged to look at the individual position descriptions prior to putting together their application. Each position description will describe in more detail the role and subsequently what Defence sees as an ideal candidate for each.

About our Team
Strategy and Joint Force (SJF) Major Science and Technology Capability (MSTC) is within the Joint and Operations Analysis Division of Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG). DST has set up a new Critical Technology Foresight Science and Technology Capability (STC) which has resulted from the establishment of the whole of government Critical Technology Policy Coordination Office (CTPCO), for which DST is leading the technology foresight function. This team works closely with the existing Defence Impacts of Emerging Technologies STC. Between them, the two teams will provide technology foresight support to Defence, National Security agencies and advice on potential critical technologies for whole of government.

Our Ideal Candidate
These positions require a demonstrated understanding of the factors influencing S&T research and development, and its strategic relevance to the national interest. 

A successful candidate will have the ability to:

  • Recognise technology opportunities for the long term benefit of Australia – including whole-of-government, Defence and National Security; and
  • Use scientific judgment to analyse options, make decisions and prioritise research areas to maximise stakeholder outcomes. 

As the ideal candidate you will be able to:

  • Use your specialised knowledge and research experience in a relevant scientific area to generate new knowledge and produce enhanced capabilities for clients and sponsors
  • Build and maintain effective professional networks and relationships with clients and stakeholders across Defence, industry, academia and other research agencies
  • Lead the development of Science & Technology (S&T) initiatives
  • Innovate and problem solve independently
  • Develop strategies to achieve task milestones and organisational outcomes
  • Contribute towards ongoing self-improvement and professional development 

Application Closing Date: Thursday 5 August, 2021

For further information please review the job information pack, reference DSTG/03181/21 on


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