ASKAP Data Specialist

Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Sydney, Australia

Job posting number: #7090332 (Ref:cj_78781)

Posted: December 8, 2021

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

The Opportunity


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  • Support the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) telescope operations
  • Help test ASKAP software on Pawsey's new Setonix supercomputer 
  • Flexible role based on the east or west coast of Australia


The Australian SKA Pathfinder telescope (ASKAP) is CSIRO's latest telescope, featuring wide-field imaging capabilities enabled by CSIRO's phased-array feed receivers. ASKAP relies on high-performance computing at the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre (Pawsey) to make the large images, catalogues and other data products essential for the cutting-edge research undertaken by astronomers. The Australia Telescope National Facility (ATNF) is operated by CSIRO and includes ASKAP, the Australia Telescope Compact Array and the Parkes Murriyang Telescope.

ASKAP observations are processed at Pawsey using a workflow called the ASKAP Pipeline which performs all the calibration, imaging and analysis required.  As the ASKAP Data Specialist, ATNF Science, you will play a key role in managing and running these pipelines for ASKAP operations.  Working closely with colleagues and collaborators, you will ensure that observations are processed promptly and meet science requirements. You will also contribute to software development and to the testing and commissioning of the ASKAP software on Pawsey's new Setonix supercomputer.  As ASKAP moves towards full survey operations, timely and accurate processing of observations will become more critical to ensure ASKAP's success.

CSIRO’s Space and Astronomy business unit is committed to providing a safe and inclusive workplace culture and implementing initiatives to improve diversity and equity within our workplace. This role is offered on a full-time, part-time (minimum 0.8 FTE) or, if circumstances permit, job-share basis.  Note: Visa sponsorship may not be available for part-time appointments.

In this role you will:



  • Work with other ASKAP operations team members to prioritise and manage observations with ASKAP.
  • Manage the ASKAP data lifecycle from observation/ingest to archiving.
  • Work with the ASKAP science teams to define processing workflows appropriate for their observations.
  • Contribute to the development and enhancement of the ASKAP processing algorithms and framework.
  • Contribute to the commissioning and testing of ASKAP processing on the new Setonix system at Pawsey.
  • Work on science-oriented post-processing workflows for ASKAP datasets.
  • Design, develop and adapt experimental systems and software to provide researchers with new or improved approaches.
  • Initiate and maintain collaborative relationships with key stakeholders. 
  • Identify and address technical issues and make a significant contribution to the technological direction. 

Location:        Marsfield (Sydney) NSW or Kensington (Perth) WA
Salary:           AU$102k - AU$111k pa (pro-rata for part-time) plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure:          Indefinite (full-time, part-time or job-share)
Reference:    78781

To be considered you will need:


  • A degree or equivalent relevant experience in the physical sciences, data analytics or computing, or qualifications and/or research experience in a similar science or technology field such as astrophysics.
  • Experience processing, rendering and diagnosing large and complex scientific datasets.
  • The ability to work productively as a member of a geographically distributed team.
  • Strong communication skills, including the ability to effectively convey information and ideas both orally and in writing.

For full details about this role please view the Position Details



  • Applications are open to all candidates.


  • The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Clearance or equivalent; or


  • If the successful candidate is not an Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident, they may be required to undergo additional security clearances.

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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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


Wednesday 12 January, 2022 (11:00pm Australian Eastern Daylight-savings Time, AEDT)

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