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CSIRO Engineering Fellowship in Astronomy Data Processing Pipelines

Date: 11-Jan-2022

Location: Sydney, NSW, AU Perth, WA, AU

Company: CSIRO

Acknowledgement of Country

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The Opportunity


  • Want to conduct world class research and development with a team of dedicated professionals? 
  • Work on cutting edge research for the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP)
  • Join CSIRO – Australia’s leading scientific research organisation!


CSIRO Early Research Career (CERC) Postdoctoral Fellowships provide opportunities to scientists and engineers who have completed their doctorate and have less than three years of relevant postdoctoral work experience. These fellowships aim to develop the next generation of future leaders of the innovation system.


In this position you will undertake research to improve the performance execution of the data processing pipelines for the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP), CSIRO’s newest and largest radio telescope.  High Performance Computing is vital for the processing and analysis of data from the telescope and the Software and Computing group provides and maintains the data processing pipelines that take the raw output from the telescope and generate high quality data products for the astronomy community.  ASKAP generates large amounts of data (nearly 10TB/hr) that requires substantial and near real-time processing before it is ready for scientific use. The data processing needs to be much faster so that scientists can rely on the outcomes of our high-performance processing pipelines to get the data required for their science. The fellow will explore novel solutions to this problem for radio astronomy data processing and contribute to the development of future data processing pipelines.

Your duties will include:

  • Work together with ASKAP Scientists, Software Engineers and Pawsey Technical Staff to manage, maintain and develop the ASKAP Astronomy Data Processing Pipelines.
  • Research and develop novel processing workflows to improve the efficiency and reliability of ASKAP Science Data Processing.
  • Communicate openly, effectively and respectfully with all staff, clients and suppliers, and form quality interpersonal relationships that reflect CSIRO’s values and reputation. 
  • Recognise and exploit opportunities for innovation and the generation of new theoretical perspectives, and progress opportunities for the further development or creation of new lines of research.


Location:   Marsfield (Sydney) NSW or Kensington (Perth) WA

Salary:  AU$89k - AU$98k plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure:  Specified term of 3 years

Reference:  79891

To be considered you will need:

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) OR hold an engineering degree plus a Master of Science (MSc) or Master of Engineering (MEng) qualifications (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a masters), plus equivalent levels of original and significant contributions to research and development to that expected of someone of a new PhD graduate. The doctorate or masters must be in a relevant discipline area. However, we do appreciate that this research area is broad and it is expected that applicants outside the traditional areas of astronomy and computer science could well have the skills and experience required for the role. Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years (full-time equivalent) of relevant research experience.
  • Experience in the research, development or application of data processing workflows in cloud computing or data centre environments.
  • High level written and oral communication skills with the ability to represent the research team effectively internally and externally, including the presentation of research outcomes at national and international conferences.
  • A record of science innovation and creativity, including the ability & willingness to incorporate novel ideas and approaches into scientific investigations.


For full details about this role please view the Position Description


To be eligible for this role, you must be an Australian/New Zealand Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident or Australian temporary resident currently residing in Australia and be able to commence in the role by 30 June 2022.

The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent. Additional integrity checks may be required for specific roles which require security clearance for working with children, Australian Government cybersecurity requirements or other identified security roles.

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!

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

30 January 2022, 11:00pm AEDT