AIV Test Engineer

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We're Australia's national science agency.

The Opportunity

  • ​​​​​​Contribute your valuable skills and provide quality verification testing and observation support
  • Work collaboratively as part of a culturally and geographically diverse AIV team
  • Join CSIRO and play an important role in one of the largest scientific endeavours in history – the SKA!

The SKA Observatory (SKAO) is one observatory with two telescopes – SKA-Low in Western Australia and SKA-Mid in South Africa.  To support this key initiative, CSIRO is expanding the Assembly, Integration and Verification (AIV) team to include an AIV Test Engineer (known as the AIV TestObs Engineer).

As the AIV TestObs Engineer, you will programme and execute testing activities for the SKA-Low Telescope.  In conjunction with AIV Team stakeholders, you will develop software test and observing scripts for the System Under Test (SKA Telescope Array Assemblies).  You will also have responsibility for the setup of the Telescope for observations during Integration and Verification Events. The work activity will primarily be in Perth and Geraldton but we are open to a slightly delayed relocation. The role may occasionally require (mutually agreed) domestic and international travel.

The AIV Team aims to be a truly diverse team and believes that to achieve these strategic scientific achievements we need to recruit and support world-class talent that represents the diversity across our society. Our focus is therefore on finding someone who can bring their unique experience and perspective to enhance the AIV team knowledge and grow with the team as the project progresses.

CSIRO Space & Astronomy is committed to providing a safe and inclusive work culture and implementing initiatives to improve diversity and equity within our workplace. This role is offered on a full-time or part-time basis (minimum 0.8 FTE).

In this role you will:

  • Translate use cases/requirements/workflows to test scripting.
  • Develop software test and observe scripts for the Systems Under Test.
  • Attend and support test activities for the project test environments and the SKA-Low Telescope.
  • Develop workflows for User Interfaces.
  • Communicate with diverse stakeholders at all levels across multiple teams, time zones and cultures.
  • Learn from product suppliers and share learnings.
  • Contribute to the development of operational procedures and documentation.
  • Contribute to AIV Low activities within a Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe).

To be considered you will need:

  • A degree or equivalent experience in a relevant Engineering/Science discipline, with a focus on one or more of the following: data processing, instrumentation development, software testing, engineering operations.
  • Experience with software testing and creating tests in modern Python or equivalent scripting language.
  • Evidence of capability to pro-actively identify and resolve technical issues as part of a team.
  • Proven ability to communicate and translate project needs into the development of the test and observing scripts.
  • Knowledge and appreciation of the advantages of a supportive, multicultural team.
  • The ability to effectively manage competing priorities in a rapidly changing environment.


  • Applications are open to Australian or New Zealand Citizens and Australian Permanent Residents.
  • The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Clearance or equivalent, and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.

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