First listed on: 30 November 2021

AIV Systems Scientist


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The Opportunity

  • Work in a world-class research & development precinct
  • Supportive, rewarding, inclusive and truly flexible environment
  • Join CSIRO and support Australia's premier scientific organisation!

CSIRO is expanding the Assembly, Integration and Verification (AIV) Team to include an AIV Systems Scientist (Integration and Verification).  As the AIV Systems Scientist (Integration and Verification), you will work on the planning, execution, and management of the AIV activities for the SKA Low Telescope.  This role will see you initially be based in Perth but it is likely the position will be relocated to move to Geraldton once site activities commence. The role will involve some travel to the MRO, other CSIRO sites, and overseas locations.

Your duties will include:

  • Design, installation and commissioning of Radioastronomy telescopes, preferably radio interferometers
  • System engineering (including development of test plans and procedures for integration and verification)
  • One or more SKAO specific technical areas (radioastronomy, RF signals and instrumentation, electronics/ software engineering)
  • Practical integration and verification testing of complex systems. 
  • Project management (contribution to project plans, knowledge of tools and processes) 
  • Collaboration with partners as part of an international project.

Location: Perth or Geraldton, Western Australia
Relocation Assistance: Will be provided to the successful candidate if required
Salary: AU$141k - AU$157k pa (pro-rata for part-time) plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified term of 5 years
Reference: 79545

To be considered you will need:


  • Under CSIRO policy only those who meet all essential criteria can be appointed.
  • A PhD in Astrophysics, Radio Astronomy or similar, else a combination of a Bachelor’s Degree plus relevant experience, which together are equivalent to a PhD.
  • Sound knowledge and practical understanding of radio interferometry.
  • Specialist domain knowledge of one or more SKA relevant areas of activity (correlation and beamforming, electronic engineering, software engineering, digital signal processing, high performance computing and network infrastructure, AAVS).

Significant and demonstrable experience in:

  • The development and management of processes, for, and implementation of, the integration and verification of complex radio astronomy systems;
  • Leading or influencing teams for developing roadmaps and testing pathways.
  • Demonstrable experience of collaborative working as part of a complex international project in a multicultural environment, and able to work flexibly and adapt to change.
  • Ability and willingness to travel as required (this will be predominantly domestic travel, once every few months for a couple of days at a time, international travel would be annual but within Covid guidance).


  • Membership of, or eligibility for membership of recognised national or international systems engineering institutes.
  • Working knowledge of modern collaboration tools such as Confluence, Jira, Jama, Miro.
  • Knowledge of Lean Agile management tools and processes, including SAFe.
  • Familiarity with project management and Systems Engineering Concepts and Tools. 
  • Good understanding of configuration management and engineering change processes.
  • Practical experience of Quality Assurance.

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

CSIRO’s Space and Astronomy business unit (S&A) is committed to providing a safe and inclusive work culture and implementing initiatives to improve diversity and equity within our workplaces. This position is available on a full-time or part-time basis (minimum 0.8 FTE), and flexible working arrangements will be considered in agreement with the Line Manager.  Please indicate your preference for full-time or part-time in your application.


To be eligible to apply for this advertisement you must be an Australian or New Zealand Citizen, or be an Australian Permanent Residency holder.

The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent. Additional integrity checks may be required for specific roles which require security clearance for working with children, Australian Government cybersecurity requirements or other identified security roles.

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. 


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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

12th December 2021, 11:00pm AEST/AEDT

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