Science & Technology ISR Team Lead - Department of Defence - ICTCareer

First listed on: 11 January 2022
Science & Technology ISR Team Lead


EL 2 (S&T 6)
$123,159 - $147,828 (plus Super)
Edinburgh - SA 

The Role

  • Inspire and mentor a small team of researchers, engineers and technologists
  • Contribute to innovation of scientific research in a Defence environment
  • Enjoy flexible working arrangements

This exciting role involves inspiring a small team of scientists, engineers and technologists to contribute to development of science and technology in the field of Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance (ISR) mission protection.

The ideal applicant will have sound experience in system level analysis, ISR sensor systems, networked sensor systems or vulnerability assessment and protection, as well as, a passion for working collaboratively with others. In this role you will contribute to a culture of innovation that drives our More Together: Defence Science and Technology Strategy.

As the Science & Technology ISR Team Lead, you will lead a team responsible for ISR Mission Level Protection.  This will require you to:

  • Lead a research program involving:
    • system level analysis and vulnerability assessment of ISR systems
    • development of innovative solutions for the protection of ISR missions
  • Lead the development of an operational demonstrator to facilitate the transition of protection solutions into operational systems.
  • Supervise and mentor staff to promote a healthy culture that values staff, innovation and excellence in science.
  • Manage allocated resources, set work area priorities, manage workflows, develop strategies and evaluate business outcomes.
  • Work collaboratively with industry, academia and other research agencies.
  • Report research findings to Defence partners and the scientific community through high quality scientific reports, briefs, publications and presentations.

A merit pool will be created from the list of suitable applicants which may be used to fill future positions in the event a position becomes vacant within the 12 months from gazettal date of this position.

About our Team
Intelligence, Surveillance and Space Division (ISSD) undertakes internationally-recognised research and development into technologies aimed at enhancing national capability for Defence and national agency decision makers.

The role is within ISR Protection group, within Integrated ISR branch in ISSD.

ISR Protection group enhances ISR system resilience by developing techniques to improve ISR system performance and efficiency in adverse environments through advanced processing and automation. This includes electronic protection against natural or deliberate interference, and passive sensing to characterise adversary ISR capabilities. It also addresses the protection of ISR mission objectives and capabilities through counter surveillance, denial and deception techniques. Systems level analysis and assessment is used to quantify the effect on ISR mission capability.

More information about our division and its Branches is available here – ISSD

Our Ideal Candidate
We are looking for a motivated team player who is able to understand the broad strategic context and has sound stakeholder engagement skills.

To succeed in this role, you must be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Specialised knowledge and research experience in system level analysis, ISR sensor systems, networked sensor systems or vulnerability assessment and protection, to generate new knowledge and produce enhanced capabilities for clients and sponsors
  • Ability to lead the development of Science & Technology (S&T) initiatives
  • Ability to think strategically, problem solve and operate with considerable autonomy to achieve corporate impact
  • Sound communication skills, both written and verbal, with an ability to foster effective stakeholder relationships
  • Adaptability and resilience in a dynamically changing environment
  • Working collaboratively across different teams, harnessing diverse views and encouraging an inclusive team culture
  • Supervise, mentor and develop staff
  • Commitment towards ongoing self-improvement and professional development

Application Closing Date: Monday 31 January 2022

For further information please review the job information pack, reference DSTG/06005/21 on