Data Processing (DP) Manager - SKA-Low Telescope

Job Summary

Science Engineering
CSIRO, Perth
SKA-Low Telescope Project
Number of Positions Available
Work Arrangement
In-Person Location(s)

Kensington WA

Job Description

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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 Data Processing (DP) Manager is responsible for building and leading the Data Processing Software team for the SKA-Low telescope in Australia. This team will actively contribute to the deployment, integration, testing, enhancements, and support of the Data Processing Software, with strong focus on the SKA-Low during Construction and later in Operations.

Your duties will include:

  • Build, lead and manage the SKA-Low Data Processing Software team responsible for integrating, testing, deploying, supporting and contributing to the development of the Data Processing software systems for the SKA Telescopes, with strong focus on key components of the SKA-Low Telescope.

  • Act as a Stakeholder of the Data Processing (DP) and LOW Integration Agile Release Train (ART) Program Management Teams 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 develop and support the common software for future implementation of a “follow-the-sun” model. Support the transition from construction to operations, developing change management, incident management and continuous quality control.

  • Develop and nurture working relationships with other SKAO subsystems development teams that interact with the Data Processing system, especially the SKA-Low Science Operations and Commissioning Teams in order to enable an integrated, operational SKA-Low telescope as part of the global SKA Observatory.

  • Provide coaching and mentoring of the SKA-Low Data Processing team 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$126,313 - AU$148,014 plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure:        Indefinite – Full-Time, Part-Time or Job-Share

Reference:  98581

To be considered you will need:


  • Bachelor’s Degree in computer science or a similar relevant subject, or equivalent experience.

  • Expertise in building and/or leading diverse teams of software engineers, software research engineers or software developers in the areas of High-Performance Computing (HPC), Scientific Computing, or Data Intensive Research.

  • Expertise in management and/or development of medium to large-scale software projects or products, especially in the fields of Scientific Computing, HPC or Distributed/Cloud Computing.

  • Excellent communication and influencing skills with distributed, highly specialised project teams and stakeholders, across international and diverse cultural backgrounds.

  • Experience with at least one of:

    • Distributed data-intensive processing and algorithm development using high-level execution frameworks such as Dask, Ray, PySpark, MPI or equivalent. 

    • Benchmarking, profiling and optimisation techniques for applications running in HPC platforms, including utilisation of accelerators such as GPUs or FPGAs.


  • Certification and experience in Agile Methodologies such as SAFe, Scrum or Kanban.

  • Interest in astronomy and understanding of the challenges of data processing for telescopes similar to SKA.

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, women, and people with a disability who meet the role criteria. 

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. 


At CSIRO Australia's national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. We put the safety and wellbeing of our people above all else and earn trust everywhere because we only deal in facts. We collaborate widely and generously and deliver solutions with real impact. 

CSIRO is committed to values-based leadership to inspire performance and unlock the potential of our people.

Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

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

28 APRIL 2024, 11:59pm AWST

Compensation and Benefits

Compensation Type
Compensation Range
$126,313USD to $148,014USD
Included Benefits

Relocation and Visa assistance will be provided where required for successful candidates who are not Australian or New Zealand Citizens or Permanent Residents, and to candidates who do not currently reside in Australia. 

Application Details

Application Instructions
Please click the link provided to apply for this position. You will need to provide your resume and a cover letter clearly outlining how you meet the essential criteria of the role.
Publication Start Date
2024 Apr 11
Application Deadline
2024 Apr 28
Reference Code


Juan Carlos Guzman