First listed on: 05 April 2021

User Experience Designer


  • Once-in-a-career opportunity to help solve social, environmental and economic issues nationally
  • Work across domains including manufacturing, agriculture, climate, education, finance and robotics
  • Join ‘Australia’s innovation catalyst’ and practice responsible innovation principles and approaches

As a User Experience Designer with CSIRO’s Data61, you will join our Product & Design group and work across a range of projects and domains.  Aligning with a high-level strategic objective to lead on digital technologies for recovery and resilience, you will initially focus on programs of work that can develop and launch platforms for environmental science, data analytics and modelling. You will confidently apply the full range of user experience design processes from inception to delivery, maintaining a human centred design approach to delivering science that can enhance preparation, response, recovery and resilience for natural hazards, agriculture, and drought. Applying co-design principles and methodologies, you will engage stakeholders and users in the solution design process to encourage their investment in the outcome.

As part of the User Experience team, you will adapt an honest and open approach to continuously improve the team's capability. Through presentations, blogs and practical demonstration, you will facilitate the education of CSIRO staff and the innovation ecosystem on good user experience practise.

As the role is offered across two salary ranges (CSOF5 to CSOF6), to be eligible for the higher range, in addition to the requirements outlined below, you must be able to demonstrate:

  1. A minimum of 2 years’ experience in a senior user experience designer role.
  2. An understanding of the business side of user experience design, including experience balancing stakeholder requests with user needs, conceptualisation and prioritisation under pressure.
  3. Demonstrated experience in facilitating and synthesising stakeholder workshops.
  4. Proven history of independently leading end-to-end UX project activities.

In this role you will:

  • Initiate discovery activities to extract an early understanding of project requirements.
  • Plan, run and report on user research.
  • Ideate and refine data focused solution designs, and ensure work is implementable to a professional quality level.
  • Contribute to interdisciplinary teams adopting agile methodologies and ways of working.
  • Work collaboratively with a range of different disciplines across both CSIRO internally and with external partners.
  • Stay aware of industry developments in digital platforms and design and share this new knowledge back to the organisation.
  • Contribute to the design team culture and expertise and to the understanding of UX across the business.
  • Manage complex stakeholder and customer relationships (CSOF6).
  • Influence teams and build strong relationships with a wide range of stakeholders (CSOF6).
  • Guide and support junior to mid-weight user experience designers (CSOF6).
  • Coordinate and manage external design contractors (CSOF6).

Location:  Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra or Brisbane (other locations may be considered)

Salary: Salary level CSOF5 - AU$98k to AU$106k per annum, plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Salary level CSOF6 - AU$113k to AU$132k per annum, plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Indefinite, full-time
Reference: 72799

To be considered you will hold a relevant tertiary qualification or have equivalent solid career-informed skills development in user experience design. 

You will also have:

  • minimum of 5 years’ relevant professional career experience as a ‘generalist’ user experience practitioner.
  • Hands-on commercial or applied experience in a production role.
  • The ability to lead both early and mid-stage user research and to take a disciplined approach to the capturing and communication of insights.
  • The ability to deliver a range of low and high-fidelity solution designs for testing and implementation.
  • The ability to align solution designs to user types and scenarios.
  • Practical experience with Agile and Lean design and development methods including design sprints and rapid prototyping.

To see all the criteria required for success in this role, click on the ‘Position Details’ link below.

Position Details


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How to Apply

To apply online, please provide a CV and cover letter outlining your motivations for applying and your suitability for the role, paying particular attention to the requirements outlined in the Position Details.

Applications Close

Wednesday 21 April, 2021 (11pm AEST)

We reserve the right to withdraw this ad prior to the closing date.

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