Senior Software Engineer (Astronomy)

Swinburne University of Technology

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Come join the Astronomy Data and Computing Services (ADACS) team at Swinburne University in 2020!

About the Job
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.

About Swinburne University of Technology
Swinburne is a multi-sector university of science, technology and innovation with more than 54,000 students and 5,000 staff globally. We offer postgraduate, undergraduate, vocational education and online education to provide students with a variety of work-relevant pathways. Our mission is to be a world-class university, creating economic and social impact through science, technology and innovation. We aim to deliver future-ready learners, research with impact and innovative enterprise.

Swinburne’s Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology is at the forefront of the university’s focus on developing innovative solutions to real-life problems. If you’re interested in working on today’s most exciting challenges, collaborating with leaders in their discipline and being supported by some of the best technology and facilities in the country, then you should be at Swinburne.

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.

A full list of selection criteria is available within the position description.

• Flexible working arrangements
• Enjoy 50% study fee reduction
• Participate in regular staff and management development programs
• Paid parental leave for primary caregivers and secondary caregivers
• Discounted annual Myki cards are available to Swinburne staff
To find out more about the extensive range of benefits offered to Swinburne employees please visit Employee Benefits

How to apply and further information
Please submit your application by clicking on the ‘Apply’ link, and submit a resume, cover letter and a response to the Key Selection Criteria, as listed in the position description. For further information about this position, contact Jarrod Hurley, (Professor, Supercomputing Manager) via email:

Should you require further support for an interview due to special needs or consideration, please contact our Diversity Consultant, Dr Walter Robles, on For support or queries related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment, please contact

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application, please contact the Recruitment team on

Agency enquiries will not be accepted for this position.

As a member of the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) program, Swinburne is taking positive steps to effect change and we are committed to advancing gender equality in academia and in particular in STEM disciplines. While women comprise almost half of the nation’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) PhD graduates, less than 20% of senior academics in STEM disciplines at Australian universities are women. We understand that to attract and retain the best scientists and ensure research excellence and impact, it is important that we commit to providing diverse, secure, exciting and rewarding career paths to our best researchers who will be our future STEM academic leaders.

As part of our plan to increase the participation of women in our STEM academic workforce, Swinburne is now offering Research Fellowships through our Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellowship scheme - “Women in STEM”.

To find out more about how we support women in STEM, please visit:

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.

Applications close at 5pm on Thursday 23rd January 2019.

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