First listed on: 07 May 2022

Deputy Site Manager - SKA-Low Telescope (SKA-Low)


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The Opportunity

  • Contribute to a world-class initiative led by the international SKA Observatory
  • Work across inter-organisational boundaries to oversee the safe construction of the SKA-Low Radio-telescope 
  • Enjoy the unique environment of WA's remote outback, and return home to our world-renowned western coastline

The SKA Observatory (SKAO) is a next-generation radio-astronomy facility that will revolutionise our understanding of the Universe and the laws of fundamental physics.  It is one observatory with two telescopes – SKA-Low in Western Australia and SKA-Mid based in South Africa.  SKAO is managed from its headquarters in the United Kingdom and has responsibility for SKAO construction and operation globally.  Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, and SKAO will operate the SKA-Low telescope in partnership.  Under the collaboration agreement with the SKAO, CSIRO is welcoming applications for our Deputy Site Manager position to work as part of a small site management team led by the Site Construction Director.

Based at our Engineering Operations Centre in Geraldton, with significant time spent onsite at the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory (MRO), you will assist the Site Manager in overseeing construction, operation and ongoing maintenance of the remote SKA-Low Radio-telescope and associated site infrastructure.  The MRO has comfortable accommodation facilities, and will soon have a purpose-built construction camp. You will also undertake occasional travel to the Science Operations Centre in Perth. 

CSIRO and the SKA Observatory value and respect difference and we are committed to building an inclusive culture by creating an environment where you can balance a successful career with your commitments and interests outside of work.  We believe that you will do your best at work if you have a work / life balance and we will work with you to structure the role in a way which supports you.

In this role you will:

  • Supervise and coordinate the workforce for the construction, operations, and maintenance of the facility. 
  • Maintain reports using SKAO’s state-of-the-art software management tools and databases.
  • Schedule work to meet future demand and use discretion to decide on required methods and approaches.
  • Ensure all work is performed in accordance with the organisation’s safety manuals and associated policies / procedures.
  • Provide assistance and undertake collaborative projects with colleagues and other stakeholders.

Location:  Geraldton, Western Australia
Salary:  AU$117k – AU$138k pa (pro-rata for part-time) + up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:  Indefinite
Full-time, job-share or part-time (minimum 60 hours per fortnight)
Reference:  83674

To be considered you will need:

  • A minimum of five years’ experience supervising complex infrastructure projects of a similar scale / nature.
  • Formal Leadership training or equivalent experience leading and directing contractors.
  • The ability to work safely and effectively as part of a small engineering team with minimal supervision.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to utilise relevant computer software packages.
  • Successful experience planning and assigning tasks to work parties according to construction or maintenance schedules.

To see the full list of criteria for this role, please view the Position Details 


  • Applications are open to Australian or New Zealand Citizens and Australian Permanent Residents.
  • The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Clearance or equivalent, and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. 

Diversity and Inclusion

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About the SKA Observatory

The SKA Observatory is coordinating a global effort to deliver the largest science facility on the planet. The SKA Observatory will build next-generation radio telescopes that will help to answer key questions in astrophysics, drive technological innovation and support human capital development.

How to Apply

Please apply online and 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

Monday 13 June, 2022 (11pm AEST)

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

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