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The Opportunity

  • Manage and lead the computing capability of a unique scientific facility
  • Work with scientists and engineers from Australia, the UK and South Africa
  • Join the SKA team and be part of one of the largest scientific endeavours in history 

The SKA Observatory (SKAO) is a next-generation global radio-astronomy facility that will revolutionise our understanding of the Universe and the laws of fundamental physics. It is one observatory with two telescopes – SKA-Low in Western Australia and SKA-Mid in South Africa. Under the collaboration agreement with SKAO, CSIRO is offering an outstanding opportunity for an experienced computing & software leader to join the SKA-Low management team as a core member.

CSIRO and the SKAO are looking for an experienced leader to manage the SKA-Low Computing and Software group. This role will be responsible for the general IT needs of SKAO in Australia, as well as the operational support and local development of the computing and software aspects of the telescope. The appointee will work closely with their counterpart Heads of Computing and Software at the SKA Headquarters in the UK and at SKA-Mid in South Africa. This role provides an excellent opportunity for someone wanting to build a computing and software group from the ground up to support one of the world’s premier science facilities.

Both CSIRO and SKAO value and respect difference and are committed to building an inclusive culture by creating an environment where you can balance a successful career with your commitments and interests outside of work. We believe that you will do your best at work if you have a work/life balance. Some roles lend themselves to flexible options more than others, so if this is important to you, please raise this during your interview, as we are open to discussing flexible working opportunities during the hiring process.

In this role you will:

  • Work as one of the senior staff of the SKAO in Australia, as a core part of the SKA-Low Management Team.
  • Work with CSIRO and SKAO to hire a diverse and talented team of staff to support the computing, software, network and data management needs of the SKAO in Australia.
  • Provide the vision and leadership for a group of 30-40 staff who will be responsible for the computing needs of SKAO in Australia as well as the operational support and local development of the SKA-Low telescope, building an inclusive and high performing culture.
  • Contribute as a major stakeholder in the development and definition of relevant features and objectives in the SKA’s Lean/Agile/Scaled Agile processes.

Location:   Perth, Western Australia
Salary:       AU$141k – AU$157k pa (pro-rata for part-time) + up to 15.4% superannuation; negotiable to meet market rates for the successful candidate
Tenure:      Indefinite (full-time or part-time)

For more information and to apply, please follow this link.

Applications close: 30 January 2022

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