First listed on: 21 December 2016

Head of Data (Pawsey Supercomputing Centre)

  • Provide strategic input into the activities of the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre.
  • Work with key stakeholders to develop initiatives for the provision of large-scale data focussed infrastructure and services.
  • Lead initiatives in the provision of data focussed research infrastructure for the nation!

The Position

The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre situated in Perth, Western Australia is a world-class supercomputing and high volume data storage facility operating petascale compute and associated storage infrastructure. The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre is a critical part of Australia’s national research infrastructure, with data infrastructure including over 100 petabytes of raw storage as well as high performance computing and cloud computing facilities.

The Head of Data for the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre provides strategic leadership, management and guidance in the operation of data functions across the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre to enable researchers to perform complex and diverse activities in data services. In this role you will be responsible for the management of technical and non-technical staff working in the Data team from across the Pawsey Partnership to provide high quality services. The Head of Data is required to ensure objectives tied to funding are achieved and correspondingly will engage routinely with Executive level staff within CSIRO, the Universities and Government sectors.

The Head of Data provides key strategic input into the activities of the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre, and represents the Centre nationally, providing strategic guidance and input into initiatives involving the provision of data focussed research infrastructure provision for the nation.

Specifically you will:

  • Lead in the provision of data focussed activities across the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre, including the development and implementation of new data initiatives, services, systems and infrastructure for the benefit of the Australian research community and other Pawsey stakeholders.
  • Manage a team of technical and non-technical staff from across the Pawsey Partnership (i.e. from multiple organisations) performing complex and diverse activities in data services.
  • Contribute to the development and review of policies that apply across the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre as well as being responsible for the development of policy affecting data operations..

Location: Kensington, Perth WA
Salary: $127K- $141K plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:  Specified Term of 2 years
Reference: 30462

To be successful you will need:

  • A tertiary qualification and extensive experience in science, computer science or related area, preferably with a strong research component, and/or relevant work experience.
  • In-depth sector knowledge and awareness of data science and a demonstrated understanding of the underlying technologies, solutions and support required to deliver national data services
  • Extensive expertise in project management and management practices for the success of research projects with a significant data services component
  • Proven experience in the development of strategies and/or strategic initiatives including developing measurable plans
  • High level written and verbal communication skills including procurement and the development of business cases and presentation materials in a clear and concise manner
  • Proven ability to develop and maintain positive working relationships with both internal and external stakeholders from across the research sector that are mutually beneficial and support the achievement of business and strategic goals
  • Demonstrated leadership as well as people management, strong negotiation and relationship building skills

Who we are: The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

At CSIRO, we do the extraordinary every day. We innovate for tomorrow and help improve today – for our customers, all Australians and the world. We imagine. We collaborate. We innovate.

CSIRO Joint Venture - The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre is an unincorporated joint venture of the CSIRO, Curtin University, Edith Cowan University, Murdoch University and the University of Western Australia, supported by funding from the Australian Government and the Government of Western Australia.

How to Apply:  Please provide enough information relevant to this position to enable the selection panel to determine your suitability, and upload one document containing your CV/resume and cover letter.  If your application proceeds to the next stage you may be asked to provide additional information.

Before you apply please view the full position description and selection criteria here:  Position Details Document

Applications Close:  11:59pm AEDT, 22 January 2017

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