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Verification System Engineer (Low System ITF Test Engineer) - Square Kilometre Array Low Telescope

Date: 07-Sep-2021

Location: Geraldton, WA, AU

Company: CSIRO

The Opportunity


  • Work on a world-class initiative led by the international Square Kilometre Array Observatory
  • Contribute your engineering expertise to the integration and testing of a revolutionary radio telescope
  • Join the SKA team and help drive progress in fields such as IT, HPC, production manufacturing and more

The Square Kilometre Array 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 exciting opportunity for a Verification System Engineer to play a key role in the construction of the SKA Observatory Low Radio Telescope in Australia. 

Known internally as the Low System ITF Test Engineer, the role will report to the Low System ITF Manager who has responsibility for coordinating the integration, testing, verification and debugging of products arriving from suppliers at the Integration Test Facility (ITF) and on-site.  As a member of the Low AIV Telescope Delivery Team (TDT), you will provide engineering support, both in your specific discipline and across the entire Low Telescope.  You will carry out integration and tests, for developing and/or coordinating the development of scripts and procedures, and for supporting the overall verification of the Low Telescope System Requirements.

Noting the position is based in Geraldton, Western Australia, CSIRO’s balanced work options may include flexible work times or a blend of working from home and from the office.  

Your duties will include:


  • Integrating and maintaining a subset of the Low Telescope and on-site, developing, validating and performing procedures and scripts for automatic and remote testing and logging of the System Under Test.
  • Providing technical expertise for evaluation, verification, and performance review of the System Under Test.
  • Supporting the Low Telescope System Requirements verification in the ITF and on-site.
  • Attending training provided by international suppliers and supporting the provision of technical training.
  • Supporting the development, reviewing and optimization of the planning and preparation of the Integration Test Facility and on-site AIV activities.
  • Attending and supporting test activities at suppliers and prototype integration facilities.
  • Undertaking occasional national and international travel to suppliers (typically 3-4 times a year for one or two weeks).


Location:       Geraldton, Western Australia
Salary:           AU$100k - AU$108k per annum, plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:          Specified term of 5 years, full-time (with flexible work options)
Reference:     77347

To be considered you will need:


  • A relevant trade certificate/diploma/bachelor’s degree or equivalent relevant work experience in Electronic, Systems or Software Engineering.
  • A good understanding of Systems Engineering and Requirements Management principles and experience in their application in the integration, testing and verification of high technology projects. 
  • Experience addressing hardware and software issues with suppliers and solve complex problems.
  • Proven ability to communicate and effectively interact with senior technical experts.
  • Strong team skills with a flexible approach and ability to readily adapt to change.
  • Experience working effectively in a multicultural environment.
  • The ability and willingness to travel as required (typically 3-4 times a year for one or two weeks).

For full details about this role please view the Position Details 



Applications are open to all candidates.

The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Clearance or equivalent;
If the successful candidate is not an Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident, they may be required to undergo additional security clearances, which may include medical examinations and an international standardised test of English language proficiency (i.e. IELTS test).

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!


About SKAO 

SKAO is coordinating a global effort to deliver the largest science facility on the planet. The SKA Observatory will build next-generation radio telescopes that will help to answer key questions in astrophysics, drive technological innovation and support human capital development.

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 11 October, 2021 (11pm Australian Eastern Daylight-savings Time, AEDT)