First listed on: 23 December 2020

Software Engineer/Data Analyst - Seagoing (2 roles)

The Opportunity

  • Provide IT support at sea on scientific research voyages   
  • Work with state-of-the-art ICT systems and scientific data acquisition and processing software
  • Join CSIRO - Australia’s premier science & technology research organisation

We are seeking two Software Engineer/Data Analysts to provide support to the Marine National Facility (MNF) research vessel in the areas of software development, data processing, data management and Information and Communications Technology (ICT) network administration.

The MNF research vessel, RV Investigator, has a sophisticated ICT network used to support the operation of the vessel and to collect data from the vessel’s array of scientific instrumentation.  In this role, you will spend time both at sea (up to 85 days per year on voyages between 3 to 8 weeks duration), and in our laboratories in Hobart. Whilst at sea, you will be responsible for the running of various data acquisition systems; monitoring the quality of the collected data; administration of the vessel’s ICT network; providing general computing support to voyage participants and liaising with scientists to assist them in achieving the scientific objectives of the voyage.  Onshore, your responsibilities will include data processing; maintaining existing software and web interfaces, database services and geospatial tools, as well as developing new software applications and tools associated with the acquisition, processing, visualisation and management of MNF vessel data.

As the successful candidate, you will benefit from on-the-job training and mentoring in CSIRO-specific systems and for the seagoing aspect of the role.

These positions are offered across two levels, with the appointment level being determined by the qualifications, skills and relevant experience you can bring to this role.

Your duties will include:

  • Developing and maintaining software systems in support of the acquisition, processing, visualisation, serving and management of a wide range of scientific and geospatial data. 
  • Undertaking the role of computing support person on MNF research voyages - operate data acquisition systems, maintain data quality, provide general ICT support to voyage participants and network administration of the information and communications technology on board the vessel.
  • In conjunction with other electronic and computing support staff, diagnose and rectify hardware, firmware and software problems with scientific data acquisition and instrumentation systems, and with the ship’s ICT network infrastructure.

For appointment at the higher salary level (CSOF4), duties will also include:

Under limited direction:

  • Proactively identify and take ownership of opportunities for improvements in systems and procedures; analyse underlying issues of complex and ill-defined problems; develop solutions and manage them through to delivery of a positive outcome.  
  • Collaborate effectively with other teams and industry colleagues to achieve objectives. 

Location: Hobart, TAS
Salary: AU$63,594 to AU$80,937 pa (pro-rata for part-time) + up to 15.4% superannuation  (CSOF3) or AU$83,687 to AU$94,679 pa (pro-rata for part-time) + up to 15.4% superannuation (CSOF4)
Tenure: Indefinite
Reference: 71144

To be considered you will need:

  • A tertiary qualification in Information Technology and/or equivalent relevant experience.
  • Demonstrated computing skills as follows:
    • Ability to develop software in modern languages (e.g. Python) and experience with frameworks, libraries and languages relevant to the development of data systems and web-based applications.
    • Windows/Linux system administration.
    • An understanding of software engineering methodologies and version control systems.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communications skills, including demonstrated ability to clearly document software, data flows and to produce manuals and/or reports.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and interact effectively, sometimes from remote locations, as part of a highly competent and committed team.
  • A strong customer-centric support ethic with the ability to provide a high level of technical support at sea for the duration of voyages (up to 85 days per year, typically 3 to 8 weeks in duration).

For an appointment at the higher (CSOF4) level, as well as satisfying the Essential Criteria listed above, you must also have:

  • Demonstrated ability to develop and meet goals, working with clients under limited direction to mutually agreed outcomes and specific deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to proactively identify and take ownership of opportunities for improvements in systems and procedures; analyse underlying issues of complex and ill-defined problems; collaborate with stakeholders outside of the team; develop solutions and manage them through to delivery of a positive outcome under limited direction. 

For full details about this role please review the Position Description


The successful candidate:     

  • Will be asked to obtain and provide evidence of a National Police Check or equivalent. Please note that people with criminal records are not automatically deemed ineligible. Each application will be considered on its merits. 
  • Must be willing and able to work at sea and to travel extensively in order to provide operational support in domestic or foreign ports (up to 85 days per year of seagoing support on voyages that are typically 3 to 8 weeks in duration).
  • Must obtain 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

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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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