First listed on: 16 July 2021

Supercomputing Application Specialist for Radio Astronomy


The Opportunity

  • Help pave the way for the challenge of building and operating the Square Kilometre Array in Australia
  • Use your skills to solve big data and large-scale computing problems for radio astronomy
  • Join CSIRO and support Australia's premier scientific organisation!

As the Supercomputing Application Specialist with CSIRO’s Space and Astronomy business unit (S&A), you will undertake R&D activities to optimise the software pipelines and leverage the latest HPC technology capabilities of the new Pawsey Supercomputing System, Setonix. Once fully operational, Setonix will deliver up to 50 Petaflops of raw compute power and bring new technology and architecture capable to scale up to Exascale (1000+ Petaflops) Computing systems.

In this jointly funded S&A and Pawsey role, you will contribute to building capability to support the big data challenges of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) in Australia, You will prepare the Australian SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP) software pipelines for Exascale, making them run more efficiently, greatly benefitting the overall science output.  ASKAP is CSIRO’s new-technology radio telescope, a precursor for the SKA, the most ambitious and challenging radio telescope project in the world.

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 or part-time basis.

In this role you will:

  • Liaise with project stakeholders to determine their requirements and priorities.
  • Assist in the design, implementation and testing of scientific software, and carry out original research investigations.
  • Contribute to the ASKAP and Pawsey software development teams in a range of areas.
  • Prepare reports for project stakeholders and/or write scientific papers for publication and presentation.
  • Recognise opportunities for innovation and formulate software solutions.
  • Work with the team to develop, refactor and optimise existing Radio Astronomy imaging algorithms running on the new Pawsey Supercomputing Systems.
  • Address problems promptly, selecting the most efficient approach and preparing design proposals and experimental protocols.

Location:  Perth, Western Australia
Salary: AU$100k - AU$108k pa (pro-rata for part-time) plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: 3 year term, full-time or part-time
Residency:   See ‘Position Details’ link below
Reference:  74533

To be considered you will need:

  • A PhD (or an equivalent combination of qualifications and research experience) in a relevant field such as Computer Science, Computer Engineering or equivalent.
  • The ability to undertake original, creative and innovative scientific research, both independently and collaboratively as part of a team.
  • A publication history of authorship on scientific papers in peer reviewed journals and/or reports, grant applications or inventorship on patent applications.
  • Strong communication skills, including the ability to effectively convey information and ideas both in writing and orally.
  • Advanced programming experience in C++ and Python with focus on developing Scientific Computing application running on HPC platforms.
  • Experience in parallel programming and programming using accelerator technologies.

To see all the criteria required for success in this role, click on the ‘Position Details’ link below.

Position Details


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

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

Diversity and Inclusion

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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

Tuesday 17 August, 2021 (11pm AEST)

We reserve the right to withdraw this ad prior to the closing date.

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