Platform Engineer - SKA Low Telescope

Date Posted: 27 Mar 2024
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Location: Perth, WA, AU

Company: CSIRO

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The opportunity

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 Platform Engineer will be part of the new Site Reliability Engineering team. They will be responsible for the deployment, configuration and support of a consistent, integrated and unified set of computing and software platforms and services for the SKA-Low Telescope. These include clusters installed at the Science Processing Centre at the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre in Perth, the Integration Test Facility (in Geraldton) and on site at Inyarrimanha Ilgari Bundara, CSIRO’s Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory.


Your duties will include:


  • Assist in the deployment, configuration and support of a consistent, integrated and unified set of computing and software platforms and services for the SKA-Low telescope.

  • Work with the SKAO SAFe® Platform and System teams to develop and maintain a globally consistent and integrated SRE response system.

  • Actively contribute to the general design and implementation of the SKA-Low Technology platforms, feeding into and implementing the observatory wide platform design roadmap.

  • Support and relentlessly improve the integration and delivery of high quality software products.

  • Be responsible for preparing documentation and training materials for future platform installation work during ongoing operations, and documenting lessons learned. 


Location:     Perth, Western Australia

Salary:         AU$93,267 - AU$105,517 plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure:        Indefinite – Full-Time, Part-Time or Job-Share

Reference:   96336


To be considered you will need:


  • A tertiary qualification in Computer Science, Software Engineering, or equivalent work experience.

  • Experience in administering Linux application servers, compute hardware (incl. clusters), virtualisation and/or data centre infrastructure management. 

  • Demonstrated use of infrastructure provisioning tools (such as Helm, Ansible, Terraform or OpenStack) in on-premises, cloud or virtualised environments.

  • Experience with scripting and/or programming languages such as Bash and/or Python. 



  • Experience in developing, building, and administering distributed storage platforms such as Ceph. 

  • Experience with containerisation, orchestration, and automation platforms such as Kubernetes.  

  • Knowledge of TCP/IP Layer 2 and Layer 3 network layers and functions.

  • Demonstrated understanding and enthusiasm for working based on lean/agile principles.


CSIRO is an Equal Opportunity employer working hard to recruit world-class talent that represents the diversity across our society. As part of our commitment to equitable employment outcomes for under-represented groups, preference will be given to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, women, and people with a disability who meet the role criteria. 

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



Applications for this position are open to Australian/New Zealand Citizens, Australian Permanent Residents or you must either hold, or be able to obtain, a valid working visa for the duration of the specified term. 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. 



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

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

28 APRIL 2024, 11:59pm AWST

3:00 AM

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