First listed on: 03 December 2021
Ionospheric Sensing and Modelling Researcher


APS Level 4/5-6 (S&T Level 3-4)
$69,811 - $95,873 (plus super)
Edinburgh - SA

The Role

  • Work with a high performing team of researchers and engineers
  • Contribute to innovation of scientific research in a Defence environment
  • Enjoy Flexible Working Arrangements

We are looking for a motivated scientist or engineer to join a Science & Technology team that conducts research in ionospheric physics and High Frequency (HF) radio wave propagation. You would undertake research and development in the field of ionospheric sensing and modelling. You would use your knowledge in ionospheric physics to solve current challenging problems in the field, and apply this to develop solutions for Defence needs.

As the Ionospheric Sensing and Modelling Researcher you will:

  • Work collaboratively within a small, multi-disciplinary team to help define and solve research and development problems; and assist in generating new knowledge to produce enhanced capability in Sensor Systems capability
  • Perform analysis of existing long-term ionospheric datasets to develop new regional and global climatological models of the ionosphere
  • Assess the utility of physics based / first principle models of the ionosphere
  • Contribute to the technical development of ionospheric sounding techniques and assist in the management, maintenance and installation of equipment for the group’s local field sites
  • Contribute to the development and conduct of experiments to improve the understanding of multi-scale ionospheric variations and disturbances
  • Prepare quality research publications and reports, and present research outcomes to Defence partners and clients
  • Support science and technology (S&T) capability through collaboration with other teams and stakeholders including academia, industry and external research organisations

About our Team
Intelligence, Surveillance and Space Division (ISSD) undertakes internationally-recognised research and development into technologies aimed at enhancing national capability for Defence and national agency decision makers.

The role is within the High Frequency Systems group, within Integrated ISR branch in ISSD.

HF Systems group conceives and develops ISR systems that operate in or near the High Frequency (HF) spectral band. These include systems using the various propagation modes (sky wave / line-of-sight / surface wave), and systems that characterise the ionosphere. Applications include the tracking of air and surface moving targets, missile defence and space domain awareness. Experiments and trials are used to support operations and include upgrade of the Jindalee Operational Radar Network (JORN), and to develop novel concepts for possible transition to future operational capability.

More information about our division and its branches is available here – ISSD

Our Ideal Candidate
Our ideal candidate will have experience or aptitude in Physics or Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

To be successful in this role, you will be able to demonstrate the following:

  • A strong interest in ionospheric physics and a willingness to expand your knowledge in this area
  • Demonstrated ability to apply engineering or research concepts to solve challenging problems
  • Ability to evaluate technical and scientific methods and strategy, and recommend the most effective solution to achieve outcomes
  • Experience in analysing and presenting scientific results effectively
  • Ability to work independently and as an inclusive team member, valuing diversity of ideas
  • Sound communication skills with ability to communicate succinctly and with influence
  • Ability to build good stakeholder relationships
  • A commitment to ongoing self-improvement and professional development

A merit pool will be created from the list of suitable applicants which may be used to fill future positions in the event a position becomes vacant within the 12 months from gazettal date of this position.

Application Closing Date: Thursday 16 December 2021                

For further information please review the job information pack, reference DSTG/06088/21 on


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