First listed on: 11 January 2022
Space Innovation Program Integration Leader


Executive Level 2 (S&T Level 7)
$148,225 - $166,808 (plus Super)
Edinburgh – SA 

The Role
We are seeking a highly motivated person to lead, manage and deliver Defence’s space strategic research and innovation program. Working to the Senior Principal Scientist – Space and the STaR Shot Leader Resilient Multi-mission Space, you will:

  • Lead the integration of space research and innovation programs to establish world class Defence Space capabilities
  • Drive innovation and collaboration with key Defence stakeholders and external partners
  • Inspire transdisciplinary teams to solve challenging Defence problems

You will drive and manage leap-ahead, multi-disciplinary research programs in emerging Science and Technology that integrate new space technologies, and contribute to building sovereign space industry and academic capacity to enhance Defence capability. You will contribute and enhance collaborative opportunities and partnerships with Australia’s leading scientists, building and sustaining effective relationships with a network of research partners across academia, industry and Government.

The role requires you to:

  • Lead and manage multi-disciplinary space research partnerships, networks and activities to deliver an integrated mission-directed space research program.
  • Engage constructively with Defence and other space stakeholders to understand and define mission related problems to shape the space research program; and identify opportunities to transition technologies and research capabilities to Defence space capability programs.
  • Advocate, support and apply required methods, procedures and techniques to effectively manage the integrated space research program’s deliverables; and provide technical and financial authority and oversight to meet program milestones.
  • Undertake required and appropriate reporting and risk management to ensure program integrity, and support senior decision making. This includes producing briefs, publications and presentations.
  • Represent the Space Innovation, Science & Technology program in senior Defence forums and committees.

You will have access to flexible working arrangements including working on site and from home.

About our Team
Intelligence, Surveillance and Space Division (ISSD) undertakes internationally-recognised research and development into technologies aimed at enhancing the national capability to produce accurate, relevant and timely actionable intelligence for both Defence and national agency decision makers.

The Division is also leading DSTG‘s Space Strategic Research Initiative, through close collaboration and partnerships with a range of Defence, Industry and Academic stakeholders.

Our Ideal Candidate
You will have demonstrated science excellence relevant to space through research to high international standards that will enable you to solve the most valued problems for Defence.

As a strategic advisor to senior management and stakeholders, you will have proven ability to manage highly complex work or sensitive projects that have strategic or operational significance.

You will be a trusted collaborator and builder of partnerships, who consults widely, shares information, fosters knowledge transfer, and enjoys working in a variety of technology domains with a network of stakeholders.

As an innovator, you are passionate about generating new knowledge and creating opportunities to transition space science & technology into Defence business objectives.

You will have sound interpersonal skills with experience working across transdisciplinary teams. You will have proven ability to manage a range of human, financial and physical resources to achieve business objectives.

Our ideal candidate will be someone who is adaptable and responds flexibly in a rapidly evolving environment. In addition, you are someone who builds an inclusive team culture, and has shown dedication towards ongoing self-improvement and professional development.

Application Closing Date: Monday 31 January 2022

For further information please review the job information pack, reference DSTG/05650/21 on


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