Engineers and Developers | Computing and Software | Multiple Positions - SKA-Low Telescope

Date: 8 Sep 2023

Location: Perth, WA, AU

Company: CSIRO









Acknowledgement of Country  

CSIRO acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land, sea and waters, of the area that we live and work on across Australia. We acknowledge their continuing connection to their culture and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. View our vision towards reconciliation.   


The SKA Observatory in Australia 

The SKA Observatory (SKAO) is a next-generation radio astronomy facility that will revolutionise our understanding of the Universe and the laws of fundamental physics. Enabled by cutting-edge technology, it promises to have a major impact on society, in science and beyond. 


In Australia, SKAO is collaborating with CSIRO to operate and support the construction of the SKA-Low Telescope. 


Constructing and operating these telescopes will position the SKAO as the leading research infrastructure for radio astronomy globally, providing science capabilities to the international astronomical community for decades to come.


The Traditional Owners and native title holders, the Wajarri Yamaji, have gifted CSIRO with the traditional name Inyarrimanha Ilgari Bundara for the CSIRO Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory, home to the SKA-Low telescope. The traditional name means ‘sharing sky and stars’ in the Wajarri language.  


The CSIRO Experience

As an employee of CSIRO, you will be eligible for the many benefits of working at Australia’s National Science Agency. You can read more here:

  1. Life at CSIRO
  2. Personal Development & Learning
  3. Generous Leave & Conditions
  4. Work / Life Balance


We are Hiring

The Construction phase for the SKA-Low Telescope has now begun, with our Australian team’s activity increasing at a rapid rate. Due to this, we are now looking to attract world-class talent with a diverse range of skills, experiences, and education, who can join the team and assist in constructing the world’s largest radio telescope in Western Australia.  


We have a range of exciting opportunities available within our Computing and Software team, from entry level positions through to experienced professionals and experts in their fields. We are seeking people who are passionate about what they do and why they do it, who will be great assets to the SKA-Low team.  


Where we work 

SKA-Low teams will operate out of: 


  • Inyarrimanha Ilgari Bundara, the CSIRO Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory on Wajarri Yamaji Country. 

  • Our Engineering Operations Centre on Nhanhangardi, Naaguja, Wilynyu and Amangu Country in Geraldton.  

  • Our Science Operations Centre on Whadjuk Noongar Country in Perth. 


If you have a location you would prefer to work from, please make this clear in your expression of interest.  


Overview of who we are looking for   

The SKA-Low computing and software team will be one of the largest business units across the SKA-Low teams. With roles ranging from IT support through to High Performance Computing specialties, the team is creating an environment where learning and development are promoted across the different disciplines, allowing for internal growth of all team members.  


Within the computing and software team, we are offering a number of opportunities that will all play crucial roles in the construction and operation of the SKA-Low Telescope.  


We are looking for candidates who are currently studying, working in, or would like to be working in the computing and software sector. If any of the below sounds like you, then please apply now to express your interest.   


Platform Engineer

  • Tertiary qualification in computer science or equivalent work experience. 

  • Proficient in containerisation, orchestration, and automation platforms such as Kubernetes.  

  • Experience with DevOps CICD toolsets and practices such as GitLab.  


Compute System Engineer (Linux Cluster Sys Admin) 

  • Tertiary qualification in IT or equivalent work experience. 

  • Experience in system administration of Linux Servers, enterprise grade firewalls and networking.  

  • Knowledge of administering cloud-based infrastructure for data centres. 


Front End Web Developer 

  • Tertiary qualification in computer science or equivalent work experience. 

  • Proficient in coding languages such as HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and/or jQuery. 

  • Excellent problem-solving skills and ability to communicate effectively with team members. 


Controls Software Engineer 

  • Tertiary qualification in computer science or equivalent work experience. 

  • Experience in developing Python and/or C++ software for IoT, real-time and/or embedded control systems, preferable in UNIX/Linux development environment.  

  • Knowledge of modern software development life cycle and tools, such as Git. 



CSIRO is an Equal Opportunity employer working hard to recruit world-class talent that represents the diversity across our society. As part of our commitment to equitable employment outcomes for under-represented groups, preference will be given to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and/or women and/or people with a disability who meet the role criteria.  


Who is eligible to express their interest  

To be eligible to work in CSIRO you must be an Australian or New Zealand Citizen, an Australian Permanent Resident, or hold valid working rights throughout the duration of the tenure. The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent. 


Where to from here 

If you are interested in opportunities within the SKA-Low Computing and Software team and meet the above candidate requirements, please apply to register your interest! If you prefer to have an informal chat before putting your EOI (Expression of Interest), you can contact the SKA-Low Talent Acquisition Specialist, Mark Rice, on with your best times to discuss your EOI.   


Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander candidates, are also welcomed to contact our CSIRO Indigenous Talent team at for more information. 


Who will view my EOI

Hiring Manager, Hiring Panel Members and Talent Acquisition are partnering together to review your expression of interests. We are excited to hear from you and will be in touch with you over the coming weeks where there is a potential match to an opportunity that may be your future role.  


When will the EOI close

This advertisement will remain open, and we reserve the right to withdraw this ad once we have successfully filled all vacant positions. 


Child Safety 

CSIRO is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people involved in our activities and programs. View our Child Safe Policy


What else is available 

Whilst this EOI is specific to the collaboration between CSIRO and SKAO, SKAO is regularly recruiting for the project with many different roles being advertised as part of the wider observatory. To stay up to date with these activities, please head to the SKAO Careers and Opportunities page to stay informed. 


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