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Job Listing Date
8 Oct 2020
Perth, Fremantle & Southern Suburbs
Work Type
Full Time
Education & Training, Other
Job ref: 624923

Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy (CIRA)

We are seeking an experienced software engineer/developer to join the Curtin effort towards the Australian Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Regional (AusSRC: project; an initiative to test the scientific and computational requirements needed for the future Australian data processing centre for the SKA. The role is embedded in the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA: Operations Team in the Curtin Institute for Radio Astronomy.
In this role you will be working a part of the AusSRC collaboration which involves a number of astronomical institutions developing the software solutions to process and analyse large astronomy datasets for the SKA and precursor telescopes the MWA and ASKAP. In particular, this role, embedded in the MWA Operations Team, is to improve, expand, and assist with the development of the end-to-end Epoch of Reionisation (EoR) pipeline for the MWA with a view to determining and documenting requirements for the future SKA-Low telescope. In addition you will contribute to the development of the technical architecture of the future Australian SKA Regional Centre via the the AusSRC Design Study Program team.
In this role you will:
  • Liaise with key scientific and technical stakeholders to distill scientific use cases into requirements and then develop appropriate software solutions.
  • Contribute to the development of requirements and system architecture of HPC systems such as is envisaged for the Australian SKA Regional Centre.
  • Investigate current and future technologies relevant to the astronomy usage of national high-performance computing facilities.
  • Ensure that suitable documentation is created and maintained.
We are looking for someone with:
  • A degree in computer science, software engineering or information technology with relevant experience or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education/training.
  • Extensive experience in C/C++ and Python. 
  • Demonstrated experience with development of code for GPUs.
  • Demonstrated experience in liaising with scientific and technical project stakeholders to translate scientific use-cases into requirements and then develop the required software solutions.
  • Demonstrated skills and a high level of expertise in development of high performance parallel and distributed software.
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver software development (or closely related) projects on time and on budget with successful end-user outcomes.
  • Demonstrated experience in technical or scientific writing.
  • Excellent stakeholder engagement and a demonstrated high standard of interpersonal and communication skills including the ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a multi-disciplinary environment.
Knowledge of radio astronomy and/or mathematics, particularly algorithm development would be an asset.

The role is part of the broader AusSRC Design study which encompasses work at CSIRO, Curtin, UWA, and the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre. As such it is a requirement that the incumbent work successfully with a broad range of stakeholders including the MWA Operations Team, the  AusSRC Design Study Team, the Curtin-led Epoch of Reionsation Team, and other scientific and technical staff at Curtin, UWA, CSIRO, Pawsey and other Australian universities as required.
Why choose Curtin?
  • Easily accessible location with great parking, bus station and end of trip facilities
  • Flexible work day with a highly ranked child care facility on-site
  • A flexible benefits package with excellent superannuation provisions
  • A vibrant campus with gym, child care, wellness programs, medical and counselling services.
  • Opportunity for on-going career development
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Next steps

Please apply on-line with a cover letter and resume to enable us to assess your suitability for the role. If you require reasonable accommodation to participate in the recruitment process please advise in your cover letter

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Applications close: Thursday 22 October 2020, 10:00 PM AWST

Contact details

For more information contact:
Professor Melanie Johnston-Hollitt - Director, Murchison Widefield Array
Phone: +61 (0)400 951 815
Inclusion and Diversity at Curtin

We are committed to ensuring that Curtin has an inclusive environment, free from harassment, in which all students, staff and the community feel respected, valued and welcome.
We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability, women, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and are committed to making reasonable adjustments to enable people with disability to participate fully in our recruitment, selection and appointment processes.
We have received recognition in this area:
  • Voted one of Australia’s Inclusive Employers for 2019-2020 (Diversity Council of Australia).
  • Have become one of the first Universities to receive accreditation for an Elevated Reconciliation Action Plan.
  • Achieved Athena Swan Bronze Accreditation (2018-2020).
  • Voted 16th best workplace for new dads in Australia (HBF - Direct Advice for Dads, 2019).

Curtin reserves the right at its sole discretion to withdraw from the recruitment process, not to make an appointment, or to appoint by invitation, at any time. We reserve the right to remove the advert earlier than the date on the advert.

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