Software Engineer (AIV)

Date Posted: 29 Jan 2024

Location: Perth, WA, AU

Company: CSIRO

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The Opportunity

This role will be part of the CSIRO Assembly, Integration and Verification (AIV) team, specifically providing software support services to the Square Kilometre Array Observatory (SKAO) for the LOW telescope. The role will be part of the team that will integrate and verify distributed software systems and the relevant hardware. This includes deployment onto high performance computing (HPC) platforms and integrating data processing workflows.

On completion of construction, the role will join SKAO Operations.

This role entails working in an agile team environment distributed across the world and requires working with others in different time zones. CSIRO has a flexible work policy to accommodate this. Also, occassional domestic and international travel may be required to support and attend planning and testing events.


Your duties will include:

  • Proactively identify, investigate, and solve complex problems spanning multiple software and hardware components.
  • Integrate control and data processing software components in a self-managed Kubernetes environment spanning off-the-shelf and custom hardware.
  • Design and implement system-level tests for integration and verification of the telescope.
  • Assist science and commissioning teams to operate the telescope during the construction phase.
  • Develop control and/or data processing software for test environment and telescope components in Python.
  • Communicate openly, effectively, and respectfully with all staff, clients and suppliers, and form quality interpersonal relationships that reflect CSIRO’s values and reputation.


Location: Kensington (Perth) Western Australia (preferred)

Salary: AU$105,806 - AU$114,500 plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Indefinite

Reference: 95596


To be considered you will need:


  • A bachelor’s or master’s degree relevant to software engineering, or equivalent work experience.
  • At least 3 years' experience in Python development in a collaborative environment
  • Experience in   developing and supporting distributed, multi-core data processing software running in Cloud, Scientific Computing or High-Performance Computing (HPC) platforms. 
  • Experience of deploying and operating applications in a Linux environment



  • Experience with Kubernetes or other container orchestration systems
  • Experience developing Scientific Computing Software.
  • Knowledge of real-time streaming or batch data processing pipelines.
  • Interest in astronomy

For full details about this role please review the Position Description



Applications for this position are open to Australian/New Zealand Citizens or Australian Permanent Residents. 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. 


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. 

CSIRO is committed to values-based leadership to inspire performance and unlock the potential of our people.

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

25th February 2024, 11:00pm AEST


Shortlisting for this role may take place as applications are received. We therefore reserve the right to close this vacancy once a suitable candidate has been appointed. Please consider applying as soon as possible.

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