First listed on: 23 December 2020

Software Engineer, Scientific Data Systems

The Opportunity

  • Technical leadership role contributing to significant data collection and management
  • Work in a diverse team & liaise with stakeholders nationally & internationally
  • Join CSIRO - Australia’s premier science & technology research organisation

We are seeking an experienced Software Engineer to join our team in the Information and Data Centre (IDC).  This is a technical leadership role and you will be responsible for the planning and execution of future data science and publication platforms for the Marine National Facility (MNF).

The role will work in the Scientific Data Systems (SDS) Group, which is part of the Engineering and Technology Program within CSIRO National Collections and Marine Infrastructure (NCMI).  At NCMI, we manage MNF data from the Research Vessel (RV) Investigator, infrastructure and biological collections for the benefit of research and industry.

Working in a diverse team, you will develop, deploy and maintain innovative web tools and systems for the curation, description and dissemination of scientific data.  
This role may include seagoing duties, if operationally required.

Your duties will include:

  • Creating innovative products and services to increase the usability of MNF and other scientific data sets.
  • Designing, developing, deploying and maintaining web-based data systems, services and tools for the management and visualisation of a wide range of scientific data, adding value to the data collections.
  • Using software engineering best-practices, such as version control, continuous integration, automated test suites and work item tracking software during daily activities.
  • Liaising with key stakeholders within CSIRO, nationally and internationally. This would include working with data providers and recipients, server providers, standards bodies and other experts concerning technical aspects of data interoperability, collection, processing, metadata, publication and archiving. 

Location: Hobart, TAS
Salary: AU$98k - AU$106 plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Indefinite
Reference: 71239

To be considered you will need:

  • Tertiary qualification in Information Technology or a related scientific field and/or equivalent relevant experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute to, and where appropriate, provide leadership in technological decision-making processes, process improvement and software development tasks.
  • Experience applying software engineering best-practices, such as version control, continuous integration, automated test suites and work item tracking software.
  • Demonstrated computing skills as follows:
    • The ability to develop software in modern languages (e.g. Python).
    • Experience with frameworks, libraries and languages relevant to the development of data systems and web-based applications.
    • Windows/Linux system administration.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan for and deliver impact, effectively guiding and delivering projects within a multi-disciplinary, regionally dispersed team in support of scientific research goals.
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills including the ability to articulate technical concepts to a diverse range of clients.

For full details about this role please review the Position Description.


The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent, as well as an MNF remote medical clearance and a Marine Security Identification Card.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. Talk to us about how this role could be flexible for you. Balance

Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit diverse people and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. Diversity and Inclusion Strategy

We are committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people.


At CSIRO, Australia's national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology.

Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide your CV as well as evidenced-based responses to the criteria, as outlined in the position description.  

Applications Close

24th January 2021, 11:00pm AEDT

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