First listed on: 22 September 2023

Software Manager - Controls Systems - SKA-Low Telescope


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The Opportunity

The SKA Observatory (SKAO) is a next-generation radio astronomy facility that will revolutionise our understanding of the Universe and the laws of fundamental physics. Enabled by cutting-edge technology, it promises to have a major impact on society, in science and beyond.

In Australia, the SKAO is collaborating with CSIRO to operate and support the construction of the low frequency telescope (SKA-Low) in remote Western Australia on Wajarri Yamaji Country.

The Traditional Owners and native title holders, the Wajarri Yamaji, have gifted CSIRO with the traditional name Inyarrimanha Ilgari Bundara for the CSIRO Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory, home to the SKA-Low telescope. The traditional name means ‘sharing sky and stars’ in the Wajarri language.

The SKA-Low Controls Manager is responsible for building and leading the Controls Software team for the SKA-Low telescope in Australia. The team will deliver the deployment, testing, enhancements and support of the Monitoring and Control Software Systems based on the open source TANGO controls framework, with strong focus on the SKA-Low. It is expected that this role will work closely with peers in the SKAO HQ and SKA-Mid, ensuring high-level alignment with common software development principles and frameworks, while retaining autonomy. 

Your duties will include:

  • Build, lead and manage the SKA-Low Controls team responsible for deploying, enhancing and supporting the Monitoring and Control software systems for the SKA Telescopes, with strong focus on key components of the SKA-Low Telescope.
  • Take part in the activities of the Observation Monitoring and Control Agile Release Train (OMC ART) Program Management as required by the SKA Project SAFe implementation and its evolution through construction and operations.
  • Work with peers at SKAO HQ and SKA-Mid to continue development and support the common control software for future implementation of the “following-the-sun” supporting model, as well as transition from construction to operations, change management, incident management and continuous quality control.
  • Develop and nurture working relationships with other SKAO subsystems development teams that interact with the Monitoring and Control system in order to enable an integrated, operational SKA-Low telescope as part of the global SKA Observatory.
  • Provide coaching and mentoring of team/technical leaders and members to achieve high levels of performance, meet the SKAO operational objectives and promote a culture of ongoing capability development.

Location: Perth, Western Australia
Salary: AU$121,455 - AU$142,321 plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Indefinite – Full-Time, Part-Time or Job-Share
Reference: 93167

CSIRO is an Equal Opportunity employer working hard to recruit world-class talent that represents the diversity across our society. As part of our commitment to equitable employment outcomes for under-represented groups, preference will be given to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who meet the role criteria. 

To be considered you will need:


  • Bachelor’s Degree in computer science or a similar relevant subject, or equivalent experience.
  • Experience leading and/or mentoring teams in Software, IT or a Technology related industry or organisation.
  • Experience in management and/or development of software projects or products, especially in the fields of IoT, real-time and/or embedded control software systems.
  • Excellent communication and influencing skills with distributed, highly specialised project teams and stakeholders, across international and diverse cultural backgrounds.


  • Experience and/or strong background in Python, C++ or FPGA-based programming languages, and in architecting and designing large-scale distributed software systems such as microservices.
  • Experience in control software frameworks or SCADA systems, especially open source software frameworks such as TANGO and/or EPICS.
  • Experience in DevOps tools, processes and culture.
  • Certification and experience in SAFe, Scrum or Kanban.
  • Demonstrate interest in astronomy and understanding of the challenges of controlling telescopes similar to SKA.

For Full details about this role, please review the Position Description


Applications for this position are open to Australian/New Zealand Citizens, Australian Permanent Residents or you must either hold, or be able to obtain, a valid working visa for the duration of the specified term. Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check 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. 

CSIRO and the SKA Observatory value and respect difference, and we are committed to building an inclusive culture by creating an environment where you can balance a successful career with your commitments and interests outside of work. We believe that you will do your best at work if you have a work / life balance. We are open to discussing flexible working opportunities with this role being offered on a full-time, part-time or job share basis. Please raise your preference in your application.

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

To apply for this role, please apply on-line providing your CV, and a Cover Letter clearly addressing the essential criteria of this role and your motivation for applying. Under CSIRO policy, only those who are able to demonstrate how they can meet the essential criteria may be appointed

Applications Close

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