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Senior Projects Officer - Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory (MRO)

Date: 30-Apr-2021

Location: Perth, WA, AU

Company: CSIRO

• Play an integral role in supporting SKA operations in Australia

• Coordinate and manage requirements for office and accommodation facilities

• Represent CSIRO in the engagement and support of key clients

CSIRO is playing a lead role in the development of the world’s largest radio observatory, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), which will be co-located in Australia.  The SKA will address fundamental unanswered questions about our Universe including how the first stars and galaxies formed after the big bang, how dark energy is accelerating the expansion of the Universe, the nature of gravity, and the search for life beyond Earth.  The SKA-Low telescope will be built at CSIRO’s Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory (MRO), approximately 300km inland from Geraldton in Western Australia. The MRO is a world-class radio observatory that already hosts telescopes including the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder and the Murchison Widefield Array. The MRO Site Entity manages the MRO site on behalf of the occupants and assists in the preparation of the various locations that host the Australian SKA, to ensure readiness for construction and operations.

As the MRO Senior Projects Officer, you will assist CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science (CASS) to coordinate with the SKA Observatory (SKAO) and the Australian Government.  Supporting the SKA operations in Australia, your key focus will be in the preparation of requirements for office and accommodation facilities.  Working closely with key stakeholders, you will ensure that operational accommodation requirements are met, and the relevant groups are supported and engaged throughout the project lifecycle.

CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science is committed to providing a safe and inclusive workplace culture and implementing initiatives to improve diversity and equity within our workplace. This role is offered on a full-time, part-time (minimum 30 hrs/wk) or job-share basis (if circumstances permit).

In this role you will:

Ensure collaborative relationships with key project stakeholders are developed and maintained.

Gather and interpret user requirements from the SKAO and other relevant users and translate requirements into business cases and project plans.

Coordinate with the SKAO, the Australian Government and CBIS to procure new, or arrange modification of existing infrastructure as required.

Provide strategic advice to the management team and set priorities for requirements development for the SKAO.

Assist in coordinating the development, monitoring and reporting on the MRO in preparation for construction of the SKA radio telescope.

Lead and manage a small team and facilitate the design or development of equipment, techniques, systems or processes.

Anticipate and understand client needs and/or seek information about their underlying requirements.

Monitor and adapt to changes in client needs and market fluctuations.

Represent CSIRO externally, including in public forums, with industry, the research sector or with Government.

Location:             Kensington (Perth) Western Australia
Salary:                 AU$113k to AU$132k pa (pro-rata for part-time) plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:                5 year term
Residency:          See 'Position Details' link below
Reference:          73281


To be considered you will hold tertiary qualifications in a relevant discipline, or have equivalent experience in consulting, project management, engineering and/or architecture.  You will also have:

Experience in the management of infrastructure design proceses, such as architecture, engineering, construction, and approval processes.

An Australian Class ‘C’ driver’s licence (or equivalent).

The ability to undertake regular travel within Australia and to remote regions of WA.

Strong project management skills and the ability to meet deadlines and manage overlapping and complex deliverables with a range of timescales.

Outstanding stakeholder management skills demonstrated in a complex, multifaceted environment, ideally in a scientific, research or R&D organisation.

Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills with a proven ability to establish long-term relationships.

Experience interpreting client requirements into business cases and subsequent project plans.

A record of delivering effective resolutions to complex problems.


To see all the criteria required for success in this role, click on the ‘Position Details’ link below.

Position Details



The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Clearance or equivalent.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. Talk to us about how this role could be flexible for you. Balance

CSIRO’s Commitment to Diversity

We’re working hard to recruit diverse people and ensure all our people feel supported to do their best work and empowered to let their ideas flourish. Diversity and Inclusion Strategy

We are committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people.


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How to Apply

To apply online, please 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

Sunday 23 May, 2021 (11pm AEST)

We reserve the right to withdraw this ad prior to the closing date.