Senior Technical Officer

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Friday, May 25, 2018
Archive Date: 
Friday, June 22, 2018
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Scientific/Technical Staff
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
The Australian National University
Department Name: 
Research School of Astronomy & Astrophysics
Job Announcement Text: 

Classification: ANU Officer Grade 7
Salary package: $85,023 - $89,370 AUD per annum plus 17% superannuation
Terms: Full time, Continuing

The Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics (RSAA) is Australia’s premier optical/infrared astronomy department with headquarters at Mount Stromlo Observatory near Canberra and with telescopes at Siding Spring Observatory (SSO) in New South Wales. Siding Spring Observatory is home to many active research telescopes and includes the 2.3m telescope, the Skymapper telescope and the 3.9m Anglo-Australian Telescope. The RSAA conducts international astronomical research in areas of exoplanets, stellar and galactic systems, and cosmology. This is supported by a broad technical program operating at SSO and the development of state-of-the-art instrumentation for Australia’s current and future astronomical telescopes.

Working at Siding Springs Observatory (SSO), the Senior Technical Officer will undertake the general management of the SSO Technical Section and supervise the SSO technical team in maintaining telescopes and support infrastructure at Siding Spring Observatory. The successful occupant of this position must develop and maintain effective working relationships with all ANU staff as well as staff from other organisations represented at SSO, and personnel external to the observatory. The Senior Technical Officer will be required to provide after-hours support, and assist with site issues and emergencies when necessary.

The Univeristy offers excellent working conditions including generous superannuation contributions, paid annual leave and personal leave and a commitment to staff development and training. Employees at Siding Spring also receive additional leave entitlements and remote location allowances.

College Overview

The ANU College of Science (CoS) comprises: the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, the Research School of Biology, the Research School of Chemistry, the Research School of Earth Science, the Fenner School of Environment and Society, the Mathematical Sciences Institute, the Research School of Physics and Engineering, and the Centre for the Public Awareness of Science. Staff and students within the ANU College of Science conduct research and delivers a research-led education program that encompasses the entire breadth of the sciences, supported by extensive international networks and by world-class facilities. The College has a strong tradition of research excellence that has fostered distinguished Nobel Laureates and Kyoto Prize winners and that trains scientific leaders in disciplines in which the ANU is consistently ranked in the top twenty in the world.

For further information, please contact Associate Professor Chris Lidman T: 02 6125 0238 or E:

ANU values diversity and inclusion and is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to those of all backgrounds and identities. For more information about staff equity at ANU, visit

Application information

In order to apply for this role please make sure that you upload the following documents:

  • A statement addressing the selection criteria.
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV) which includes the names and contact details of at least three referees (preferably including a current or previous supervisor). If your CV does not include referees you can complete these online when prompted in the application form.
  • Other documents, if required.

Applications which do not address the selection criteria may not be considered for the position.

Please note: The successful applicant must have rights to live and work in this country.

Application Deadline: 
Saturday, June 30, 2018
Selection Deadline: 
Saturday, June 30, 2018
Current Status of Position: 
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