First listed on: 14 June 2022

Communications & Outreach Advisor - SKA-Low Telescope


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The Opportunity

  • Rare opportunity to join an exciting global science project
  • Engage with community in STEM outreach role
  • Role based in Geraldton, Western Australia

The SKA Observatory (SKAO) is coordinating a global effort to build the largest science facility on the planet, to transform our understanding of the Universe.

We are looking for a passionate and innovative Communications and Outreach Advisor to develop and shape communications and outreach for SKA-Low locally and nationally, as part of the newly established in-country SKA-Low team.

The SKA-Low Communications and Outreach Advisor is a new role, based at the SKA-Low Engineering Operations Centre in Geraldton, Western Australia. The successful candidate will have the unique opportunity to develop and shape communications and outreach locally and nationally for the SKAO, through strategic communications, media engagement, content development and building and maintaining successful relationships with local stakeholders.

You will work with the SKA-Low Communications and Engagement Manager, based in Perth, and as a member of the global communications team, supporting national and international SKAO communications and outreach activities, and internal communications.

In this role you will:

  • Contribute to and sometimes lead event management and outreach activities, including media and VIP visits, industry events, conferences, education programs and public events.
  • Create impactful, accurate and engaging content – such as project updates, briefing documents, web content and multimedia assets – to support SKA-Low and SKAO activities.
  • Liaise with the media to identify and develop compelling stories, and manage interviews and requests for information.
  • Build and maintain relationships with local stakeholders, and ensure strong partnerships with collaborating organisations.
  • Ensure rapid communication of issues to the Communications and Engagement Manager and relevant business unit leaders and provide assistance in the management of issues.

Location:  Geraldton, Western Australia
Salary: AU$87k – AU$98k pa (pro-rata for part-time, plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Indefinite  Full-time, job-share or part-time (minimum 60 hours per fortnight) 
Reference: 84303

To be considered you will need:

  • A relevant tertiary qualification, or equivalent experience, such as communications, education  or outreach, including public relations, marketing, digital media or journalism.
  • Experience developing and implementing integrated communications strategies that are aligned to business objectives.
  • Strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills and the ability to establish and maintain relationships with key stakeholders.
  • The ability to translate technical concepts into a style appropriate to the audience, communicating clearly and confidently at all levels.

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


  • Applications are open to Australian and 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

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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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 which includes both your motivations for applying and a statement (of no more than 2-3 pages) addressing each essential criterion as outlined in the Position Details. Note that your covering letter and your statement addressing the criteria, should be within the one document.

Applications Close

Tuesday 12 July, 2022 (11pm AEST)

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

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