First listed on: 30 November 2018

Senior Research Scientist - Software Engineer 

  • Can you develop large scale databases using appropriate programming languages?
  • Involved in both clinical and technical aspects of the ongoing dementia projects
  • Join CSIRO Australian e-Health Research Centre

The role will primarily be focussed upon setting up and maintaining the database that will house all of the data that is collected by the study. It will involve developing IT solutions to meet the customer need, and will contribute to multiple other projects undertaken by the CSIRO in collaboration with academic partners from the QIMR Berghofer and the Florey Institute of Neuroscience. To support this research we are seeking to appoint a highly motivated professional to join the team, with a focus on:

  • Development of systems to handle large and complex data sets.
  • Development tools to streamline integration of data from multiple sources.
  • Quality control of data to enable accurate reporting to collaborators.
  • Standardized quantitative clinical reporting from the multiple different data sources

The successful applicant will be expected to interact and be highly involved in both the clinical and technical aspects of the ongoing dementia projects. To be successful in this role, you will be enthusiastic about making a hands-on contribution to solving the research challenges that arise in medical image processing research

Your duties will include

  • Carry out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance to CSIRO that will, where possible, lead to novel and important scientific outcomes.
  • Assist in building CSIRO’s research reputation for integrated and multi-disciplinary science through networking, presentation at conferences, social media, scientific publications, and outreach initiatives (mailing list, website).
  • Develop high quality software to specifications using JAVA, C++ language, python, spring and web frameworks, and scripts for different platforms (including Linux- and Cloud-based architectures).
  • Be part of a dynamic team within CSIRO and external partners developing new biomarkers for dementia and driving innovation from the bench top to the clinic.
  • To assist in the development of new business models and commercialisation strategies to facilitate translation of precision medicine technologies to the market.
  • Grow and maintain scientific citizenship, and collaborations with international and local partners.

Location: Herston, QLD
Salary: $111K to $130K plus up to 15.4% Superannuation
Tenure: 3 years term
Reference: 59518

To be successful you will need


A Bachelor’s degree and significant research experience in a relevant discipline area, such as software engineering, medical imaging (MRI/PET), medical image processing and machine learning.

Essential Criteria:

  • Demonstrated competency in developing large scale databases using appropriate programming languages.
  • Demonstrated competence and experience in novel research problem solving and application of knowledge, as evidenced by publications and research experience.
  • Demonstrated experience of advanced programming skills (e.g., Python, C++) and software design (API design architectures) and development processes/environments (including  Make, CMake, GIT)
  • Proven ability to work independently and as part of a team to prototype research ideas and develop them into demonstration and/or proof of concept systems.
  • A record of science innovation and creativity, plus the ability and willingness to incorporate novel ideas and approaches into scientific investigations.
  • Demonstrated experience in project management, with the ability to work with software engineers making important decisions to move projects forward.

Desirable Criteria:

  • Strong programming experience in Python and C++ and familiar with Linux and cloud-based programming.
  • Knowledge of clinical areas related to Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of neurodegeneration.
  • PhD in the relevant discipline area
  • Relevant experience working with large sets of data

For details about who to contact and for more information please view Position Description 

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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


At CSIRO you can be part of helping to solve big, complex problems that make a real difference to our future. We spark off each other, learn from each other, trust each other and collaborate to achieve more than we could individually in a supportive, rewarding, inclusive and truly flexible environment. 

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Applications Close

Sunday 13 January, 2019

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