Head of Software Development - Australian SKA Science Data Centre

Date: 4 Sep 2023

Location: Perth, WA, AU

Company: CSIRO

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The Opportunity

The Square Kilometre Array Observatory (SKAO) project is on a mission to build the world’s largest radio telescopes. In order to fully exploit the scientific output of the immense amount of data flowing from the telescopes, the SKAO is working with science communities across the world through SKA Regional Centres (SRCs), which are nationally lead hubs that form the basis of a global compute and science support infrastructure.


The Australian SKA Regional Centre (AusSRC) is Australia’s portion of this international network to establish and build capability to support the Australian and international SKA science communities, thereby ushering in the next era of astronomical discovery and advanced data processing.


For the next few years of the AusSRC program, focus will be on facilitating and enhancing the scientific output of Australian SKA Precursors: the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) and the Australian SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP). Working with science teams as well as local resource providers, the AusSRC will help to develop scalable post-processing and data analysis strategies and automated workflows that could eventually be applied to data from the SKA telescopes.


In this key leadership role, you will have the opportunity to guide and expand the AusSRC beyond its Design Study / prototype phase.

Your duties will include:

  • Working as one of the senior personnel in the AusSRC management team, providing vision and leadership for the overall program and an individual team of 5-10 personnel.
  • Leading the development of the AusSRC full stack systems based on requirements and inputs from the SKAO, international SRC Network, and the Australian SKA Precursors: the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) and the Australian SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP).
  • Executing of a range of projects focused on supporting and improving the science outputs of ASKAP and the MWA.
  • Prototyping solutions for visual data analysis of SKA-scale data and verification.
  • Participating in the development and verification of the international SRC Network and SKA Science Data Archive, particularly through prototyping and deploying elements of the proposed infrastructure to support the global network.
  • Establishing links, developing strategies and collaborative projects with Australian information and technology companies that can assist with achieving the above goals.


Location: Perth, Western Australia

Salary: AU$121,455- AU$142,321 plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Indefinite 

Reference: 92643

To be considered you will need:


  • A degree or equivalent relevant work experience in computer science, information technology, computer engineering, or related field.
  • Experience leading software and computing development teams with an understanding of system architecture concepts and the relationship between architecture and system quality.
  • Good motivational skills and strong organisational skills.
  • The ability to communicate openly, effectively, and respectfully with personnel, stakeholders, and external agencies in the interests of good business practice, collaboration, and enhancement of the AusSRC’s reputation.



  • A record of successful leadership and management of teams, promoting diversity and developing an inclusive, high-performing culture, including recruitment, capability development and performance management.
  • An understanding of Lean/Agile/Scaled Agile and DevOps processes.
  • Knowledge or interest in astronomy.


For full details about this role please review the Position Description


Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.

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How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications Close

8th of October 2023, 11:00pm AEST/AEDT