Software Architect / Engineer

Date Posted: 10 May 2024
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Location: Hobart, TAS, AU

Company: CSIRO

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The opportunity

  • ​​​​​​Get involved in supporting and enabling impactful science
  • Leverage your software architect skills in a varied role
  • ​​​​​​Join CSIRO - Australia's National Science & Innovation Agency


At CSIRO's National Collections and Marine Infrastructure business unit (NCMI) our goal is to solve Australia’s greatest challenges by leading Australia’s landmark marine and biodiversity infrastructure and carrying out innovative science.

Our Engineering and Technology Program (E&T) at CSIRO applies innovative technology to solve complex science challenges.

We are seeking a talented Software Architect / Engineer to undertake software system development in Python.
Your job will involve acquiring, manipulating, processing, and visualising data, which are critical in support of scientific research projects.

The successful candidate will be highly productive and effective and be familiar with contemporary software development techniques, software development methodologies, use of source control, toolchains and libraries, and use industry-standard best practices.

You will be a role model and a software practices advisor within the Program.  By advocating for a consistent approach and advising technical staff, you will guide convergence towards best practices.

The ideal candidate is an excellent communicator and willing to be a mentor for more junior team members.


Your duties will include:

  • Researching, designing, developing, and deploying innovative software products that support E&T’s technology innovation delivery.
  • Developing supporting systems and applications to establish and improve DevOps capability and practices, including implementing test cases and reviewing code changes.
  • Liaising collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders to determine software engineering priorities within E&T and creating a roadmap for software projects delivery.
  • Consulting with other technical staff to develop a set of standard guidelines for E&T software project management and software development.
  • Being proactive, approachable and available for others seeking advice on best approaches and practices, both technical and methodological.
  • Communicating effectively and respectfully with all staff, clients, and suppliers in the interests of good business practice.
  • Adhering to the spirit and practice of CSIRO’s Values, Health, Safety and Environment plans and policies, Diversity initiatives and Zero Harm goals.
  • Other duties as directed.


Location: Hobart, TAS

Salary: AU$110,038 - AU$119,080 plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Specified Term of 3 years, full-time or part-time (min. 0.8 FTE)

Reference: 96645


To be considered you will need:


  • Tertiary Degree in Information Technology, Computing, Computer Science and/or equivalent experience; including extensive experience in designing, developing and implementing software solutions.
  • Proven experience in best-practice software design and development methodology, i.e. Agile, DevOps, use of version control, automated testing and build systems.
  • Highly developed skills in Python, including common data science libraries such as NumPy, Pandas, dask, scipy or xarray.
  • Demonstrated high level project management skills, including the ability to work with a range of stakeholders to mutually agreed software engineering outcomes.
  • Demonstrated ability to champion, drive and evolve software engineering principles and practices within an organisation, including writing maintainable, scalable, production quality code. 
  • Ability to analyse business requirements and write proposals for a range of stakeholders including governance committees.
  • Demonstrated ability to create technical documentation regarding software systems, such as system design, requirements, and user and development guides.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and meet goals, working under limited direction to specific deadlines, and to work effectively as part of a team.
  • Demonstrated experience leading teams in the design, development, and maintenance of software systems with evolving constraints.



  • Demonstrated experience working in a scientific field, particularly marine science.
  • Experience with building and developing client relationships.
  • Experience with database design using enterprise scale relational databases (e.g. Oracle, PostgreSQL or equivalent).
  • Demonstrated experience in one or more web technologies, such as React, Angular, Django, FastAPI, Flask, NodeJS.
  • Experience with UI/UX and API design for geospatial, spatio-temporal and/or sensor data.

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

This role may provide opportunities to work at sea on RV Investigator. The successful applicant will be required to obtain a seagoing medical prior to working at sea.


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

9th June 2024, 11:00pm AEST/AEDT

11:00 PM

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