Senior Software Engineer (Astronomy)

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Tuesday, December 24, 2019
Archive Date: 
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Science Engineering
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Swinburne University of Technology
Department Name: 
Centre for Astrophysics & Supercomputing
Street Line 1: 
John Street
Job Announcement Text: 

We are currently looking for a Senior Software Engineer (Astronomy) to assist in the delivery of astronomy-focused software engineering and high-performance computing (HPC) programs at Swinburne as part of the Astronomy Data and Computing Services (ADACS) team. ADACS is a national initiative supported by Astronomy Australia Limited (AAL) to empower astronomers to maximize the scientific return from their data and eResearch infrastructure through training, application of professional software services and enhanced access to resources. These programs leverage the OzSTAR HPC environment at Swinburne – a graphics processing unit (GPU) based supercomputer that operates as a national facility for the astronomy community.

As our new Senior Software Engineer (Astronomy) you will focus on the timely delivery of key infrastructure development projects within radio and gravitational wave astronomy, taking a hands-on approach where necessary and demanding high-quality outcomes. The role includes software engineering and testing, research and development, modelling, code optimization and preparing documentation. A key project will be prototyping components of the real-time signal processing pipeline for the next-generation Square Kilometre Array radio telescope, validating the design specifications and costing. You will also work closely with researchers in the OzGrav Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery to develop and optimize pipelines for analyzing gravitational wave signals.

This position has an initial contract length of two years. Extensions may be possible depending on future funding. 

About you

To be successful in the role, you will have:
• Bachelor of Computer Science and Software Engineering, or a related field
• Extensive experience in software development including advanced or expert-level software programming skills in C/C++, python and high-performance codes using hardware acceleration
• Experience and knowledge of working in a Linux-based high-performance computing environment
• Demonstrated ability to deliver software development (or closely related) projects on time and on budget with successful end-user outcomes.

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Swinburne is a large and culturally diverse organisation. We are proud to be recognised by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency as an Employer of Choice for women for 10 years in a row and of key initiatives such as our Pride@Swinburne Strategic Action Plan and our Reconciliation Action Plan. Equity and diversity are integral to our 2025 vision to be a world class university creating social and economic impact through science, technology and innovation.

Pay Compensation
Salary Min: 
$65000.00 (USD)
Salary Max: 
$75000.00 (USD)
Included Benefits: 

Swinburne offers a range of employee benefits, including maternity and partner leave, a 17% employer superannuation contribution, 4 weeks annual leave and discounted health insurance. It also supports a flexible working environment; subject to visa restrictions, this position is available either full or part-time. Swinburne is a Child Safe Organisation and, as part of this commitment, all appointments are subject to a valid Working With Children Check. The role also includes opportunities to travel for conferences and professional development activities. 

Application Deadline: 
Thursday, January 23, 2020
Selection Deadline: 
Thursday, January 30, 2020
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Jarrod Hurley
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Senior Software Engineer (Astronomy)