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Senior Research Engineer (SKA) 514685 UWA 11-DEC-23
System Administrator 1148360 Curtin 10-DEC-23

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Senior Research Engineer (SKA)

Job no: 514685
Work type: full time
Location: Crawley
Categories: Research support

International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR)

  • Great opportunity to be part of and contribute to an internationally renowned research centre
  • Full-time appointment on a 12-month fixed term basis
  • Base salary range: Level 7 $92,679 – $102,830 p.a. plus 17% superannuation

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is ranked among the top 100 universities in the world and a member of the prestigious Australian Group of Eight research intensive universities. With a strong research track record, vibrant campus and working environments, supported by the freedom to innovate and inspire, there is no better time to join Western Australia’s top university.

About the team

ICRAR is a WA State funded high profile equal joint venture established in 2009 between Curtin University and The University of Western Australia (UWA). The Centre’s headquarters are located at UWA, with research nodes at both UWA and Curtin. ICRAR is one of the lead Australian organisations participating in the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Project. ICRAR has been further funded from 2019 to 2024 with $60 Million by the WA State Government and equal contribution from the Joint Venture Universities. ICRAR is one of the largest astronomy organisations in Australia.

The Astrophotonics Group at ICRAR is focused on designing, building, and testing advanced photonic systems with applications in radio astronomy, optical astronomy, and space science. The group combines research expertise from people with a broad range of backgrounds including astronomy, physics and engineering. The group’s core technological capability is the long-distance transfer of stabilised optical-frequency signals, and microwave-frequency signals, and timing signals, transmitted across optical fibre networks and free-space laser links.

About the opportunity

As the appointee you will, under general direction, provide support in the design, build, and test an optical fibre-based frequency distribution system tailored to meet the scientific needs and logistical challenges of the SKA; as well as develop this technology for application to other high-precision use-cases across space science and astronomy research fields. You will work in the Astrophotonics group at ICRAR and collaborate with the SKA Office and other partner organisations. This hardware development and production role includes office-based design tasks as well as laboratory-based prototyping and testing. The resultant hardware will be mass manufactured and deployed on the SKA-Mid telescope.

About you 

To be considered for this role, you will demonstrate:

  • Relevant tertiary qualification or demonstrated equivalent competency
  • Extensive experience in electronic engineering including low noise analogue electronic design, RF & microwave electronics design and Microprocessor / FPGA / digital system design and programming
  • Substantial experience with EDA software, ideally Altium Designer
  • Substantial experience with PCB technology, including materials, manufacture, assembly, testing, and quality assurance processes
  • Substantial experience with prototyping and hand soldering including SMT components
  • Experience with PLL design and optimisation
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and perform electronics testing in a laboratory environment
  • Experience with optical fibre technology is desirable

Note: Some after-hours and weekend work may be required

About your application

Full details of the position’s responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description:  Senior Research Engineer – 514685.pdf

You are required to address the selection criteria in your submission in a separate document. The content of your Resume and Cover Letter should demonstrate how you meet the selection criteria.

Closing date: 11:55 PM AWST on Monday, 11 December 2023.

To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Associate Professor Sascha Schediwy at sascha.schediwy@uwa.edu.au

This position is only open to applicants with relevant rights to work in Australia.


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System Administrator

  • Professional
  • Perth, Western Australia
  • Full Time

Date posted: 20/11/2023

  • $89,919-$95,391 (Level G06) plus 17% superannuation
  • 2-year fixed term contract, full-time will possibility of extension
  • Easily accessible location, salary packaging, and end of trip facilities
Job Reference: 1148360

About us

The Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy (CIRA) is a multi-disciplinary research institute engaged in a range of projects involving or motivated by radio astronomy. CIRA’s activities draw together academic research and professional staff from a variety of science, engineering, and computing disciplines to tackle unique and demanding challenges in radio astronomy. CIRA is the lead organisation and operator of the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA), and a key participant in the international SKA project. CIRA is also the Curtin University node of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR), a joint venture with the University of Western Australia.

To learn more about our university, please visit www.curtin.edu.au

Your new role

The successful candidate will work with the Software and Systems Team (led by Greg Sleap) to manage and maintain servers and networks that support the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) radio telescope, an SKA (Square Kilometre Array) precursor. The MWA is a global collaboration, led by CIRA, exploring the farthest reaches of the Universe from the West Australian outback.

The successful candidate will be looking to continue building their sysadmin career in a diverse role within a supportive team environment for an exciting, cutting-edge big data science project:
The sysadmin will:

  • Plan, design, configure, deploy and support Linux servers (on premises and cloud).
  • Plan, design, configure, deploy and support networking hardware and infrastructure.
  • Implement audit requirements related to system access and security.
  • Maintain documentation for all servers and networks.
  • Assist with maintenance and monitoring processes to ensure high availability and security of systems.
  • Maintain effective working relationships with vendors, DTS, CSIRO, Pawsey and other stakeholders.
  • Maintain a suitable level of knowledge of supported technologies and the use of relevant tools to enable effective service delivery.
  • Undertake other activities which the incumbent might reasonably be expected to do, and which are consistent with the accountabilities and responsibilities as listed above.

If you have any queries in relation to the requirements of the role, please contact Greg Sleap at Greg.Sleap@curtin.edu.au

Alternatively, call the Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy and the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research Phone: (+61) 08 9266 4669.

To learn more about CIRA, please visit the below websites:
Join us!

Your application should include your CV, a cover letter and separate document addressing the selection criteria (noted below) to allow us assess your suitability for this role.
Essential Criteria:

  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree in information technology / computer science or equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education/training.
  • Demonstrated experience in Linux server/system administration.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with networking.
  • Demonstrated effective interpersonal and oral communication skills with the ability to liaise with colleagues and stakeholders to resolve system issues.
  • Demonstrated ability to organise and prioritise tasks/ requests to ensure stakeholder needs are met.
  • Demonstrated problem solving and analytical skills.
  • Demonstrated effective written communication skills with the ability to construct documentation and articulate information clearly and concisely.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively autonomously as well as collaboratively within a team environment.
  • A level of fitness commensurate with the position.
  • Interstate and/or overseas travel may be required.
  • Ability to work outside of normal office hours when required.

Desirable Criteria:

  • Experience with Red Hat and/or Ubuntu Linux.
  • Experience with server virtualisation technologies.
  • Any Cisco Certification would be regarded highly.

Application closing date: 12pm AWST Sunday 10th December 

Applicants should note that prior to appointment, you will need to have a current National Police Records check, and undergo character, integrity, and reference checks. Please note that this position may be subject to a WA state government vaccination mandate.  If requested, you will be required to provide evidence of your vaccination status prior to employment.

You will require work rights in Australian that match the tenure of this role, and you must be willing to relocate to Perth, Western Australia for the duration of the position.

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