First listed on: 05 August 2022

System Test Engineer


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The Opportunity

  • Integrate and Verify SKA-Low Telescope components into a fully working radio-astronomy instrument
  • Work collaboratively as part of a culturally and geographically diverse AIV team
  • Join CSIRO and play an important role in one of the largest scientific endeavours in history – the SKA!

The SKA Observatory (SKAO) is one observatory with two telescopes – SKA-Low in Western Australia and SKA-Mid in South Africa.  To support this key initiative, CSIRO is expanding the Assembly, Integration and Verification (AIV) team to include a System Test Engineer.

As the System Test Engineer, you will programme and execute testing activities, and develop software test and observing scripts for the SKA-Low Telescope.  As a logical thinker and problem solver, you will play a crucial role in fault finding, root cause analysis and rectification activities and have the opportunity to learn about the components that make up the SKA-Low Telescope.  The knowledge you gain will then contribute to the development of the Operational Procedures for the SKA-Low Telescope.

In this key role, you will setup the SKA-Low Telescope for observations during Integration and Verification Events, including the scheduling and running of the observations, gathering data, and running system and diagnostic reports. You will identify any issues from the observations and work collaboratively with AIV team members to resolve them.

The AIV team works closely with the SKA science, engineering and project communities around the world and is as diverse in culture, skills and location as they are. We recruit and support world-class talent that represents the diversity across our society. Our focus is therefore on finding someone who can bring unique talents, experience and perspective to enhance the AIV team knowledge and grow with the team as the project progresses.

The role can be based at any of the CSIRO offices in Perth, Geraldton or Sydney but may involve mutually agreed occasional domestic and international travel to the SKA-Low Construction site, other CSIRO offices and supplier locations.

In this role you will:

  • Translate user needs to test scripts for hardware and software interactions.
  • Develop software test and observation scripts for the SKA Low Telescope.
  • Conduct testing campaigns at the project test facilities and at the SKA-Low Telescope. 
  • Use test experiences to contribute to the development of User Interfaces.
  • Make decisions as an autonomous logical thinker, to solve technical problems..
  • Liaise with diverse stakeholders at all levels and across time zones and cultures.
  • Contribute to the development of operational procedures.
  • Contribute to AIV Low activities within a Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe).

Location:   Perth or Geraldton (Western Australia), or Sydney (NSW)
Salary: AU$87k - AU$98k pa (pro-rata for part-time) plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:  Specified term ending 28 May, 2027  Full-time or part-time (minimum 0.8 FTE)
Reference: 86044

To be considered you will need:

  • A degree or equivalent experience in a relevant Engineering/Science discipline, with a focus on one or more of the following: data processing, instrumentation development, software testing, engineering operations.  
  • Experience with software testing and creating tests in modern Python or equivalent scripting language.
  • Evidence of capability to pro-actively identify and resolve technical issues as part of a team. 
  • Proven ability to communicate and translate project needs into test and observing scripts, and ensure continuous improvement.
  • Knowledge and appreciation of the advantages of a supportive, multicultural team. 
  • The ability to effectively manage competing priorities in a rapidly changing environment.

To see the full list of criteria for this role, please view the Position Details


  • Applications are open to Australian or New Zealand Citizens and Australian Permanent Residents 
  • The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Clearance or equivalent, and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.

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 which highlights your relevant experience and a cover letter addressing the essential and any relevant desirable criteria (as outlined in the Position Details)

Applications Close

This role will remain open until filled. 

Assessment of applications will be undertaken continuously throughout the advertising period.

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