Field Technician - SKA-Low Telescope - Multiple Positions (Identified Role - Indigenous)

Date Posted: 21 Nov 2023
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Location: Geraldton, WA, AU

Company: CSIRO

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The Opportunity

CSIRO is looking for motivated and driven Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people who want to gain valuable skills from on-the-job training and through the completion of training at TAFE. 

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, the SKAO is collaborating with CSIRO to operate and support the construction of the low frequency telescope (SKA-Low) in remote Western Australia on Wajarri Yamaji Country.

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 SKA-Low Field Technician will assist in the construction, assembly, and basic integration of the world's largest low-frequency radio telescope on site. You'll gain valuable hands-on experience working on electronic systems in the field on site, whilst also attending required training through TAFE. This role is based in Geraldton, with Fly-In-Fly-Out rotations at Inyarrimanha Ilgari Bundara, CSIRO's Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory. 

Whilst previous experience in a similar role is advantageous, there is no requirement for any experience. Training and development, working towards skills and experience as a Field Technician, will be provided to the successful candidates.


Your duties will include:

  • Assist in constructing and assembling the station systems for the SKA-Low telescope.
  • Support the team in basic integration tasks to ensure the seamless operation of the telescope.
  • Assist in routine inspections, maintenance, and repairs on Radio Frequency and electronic systems once operational.
  • Work closely with senior technicians and contractors during the assembly, construction, and maintenance stages, ensuring adherence to the highest standards.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of Radio Frequency system maintenance routines and safety protocols.
  • Exhibit a strong commitment to health and safety, ensuring compliance with all safety protocols.


Location:     Geraldton, Western Australia

Salary:         AU$51,031 - AU$65,779 plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure:        12 month Specified Term – Full-Time (Possible for role to become indefinite provided training and development milestones are being met by the 12 month mark)

Reference:   95192


To be considered you will need:


  • Completion of year 10 schooling as a minimum.
  • Ability to follow instructions.
  • Commitment to attend training through TAFE.
  • Commitment to safe work practices, environmental sustainability, equity, and diversity.
  • Ability to work in a small team, contributing constructively to an inclusive and high performing team culture.  



  • Previous experience working in remote locations.
  • An interest in astronomy, electronics, or engineering.


For Full details about this role, please review the Position Description.



CSIRO considers the filling of this position is intended to constitute a special/equal opportunity/affirmative measure under section 8(1) of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth).

The position is therefore only open to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people with Australian Citizenship. The successful applicant will be required to provide evidence to confirm that they are an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person.

The successful applicant is required to provide contact details of at least one Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Cultural Referee to confirm their ability to work and communication respectfully with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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


Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. 

CSIRO and the SKA Observatory value and respect difference, and we are committed to building an inclusive culture by creating an environment where you can balance a successful career with your commitments and interests outside of work. We believe that you will do your best at work if you have a work / life balance. We are open to discussing flexible working opportunities with this role being offered on a full-time, part-time or job share basis. Please raise your preference in your application.


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. 



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How to Apply

To apply for this role, please apply on-line providing your CV, and a Cover Letter clearly addressing the essential criteria of this role and your motivation for applying. Under CSIRO policy, only those who are able to demonstrate how they can meet the essential criteria may be appointed


Applications Close

Role will remain open until filled. CSIRO reserve the right to close the advert at any time during the advertising period.

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