Research Scientist in High Performance Computing

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We're Australia's national science agency.

​​​Help pave the way for the challenge of building and operating the Square Kilometre Array in Australia 
Use your skills to solve big data and large-scale computing problems for radio astronomy 
Join the CSIRO – a diverse team working together on research to deliver impact for a better Australia!  

Role Overview

We are looking for someone to engage in scientific activity ranging from fundamental research to the investigation of specific industry or community problems. You will be able to collaborate with a wide range of stakeholders to build and maintain networks, secure project funds, provide scientific leadership, support, and guidance and be empowered to pursue new ideas and approaches that create new concepts. It is anticipated that the appointee will undertake research and development activities to optimise the software pipelines and leverage the latest High-Performance Computing (HPC) technology capabilities of the new Pawsey Supercomputing System, named Setonix.

You will have access to flexible work options, travel, and multiple leave options including paid parental leave and will have access to world-class facilities based at local universities where CSIRO has collaborative arrangements in place, and at other CSIRO sites across Australia.

Your duties will include:

  • Liaise with project stakeholders, including ASKAP Scientists, Software Engineers, and Pawsey
  • Technical staff to determine their requirements and priorities.
  • Assist in the design, implementation and testing of scientific software, and carry out research investigations, requiring originality, creativity and innovation.
  • Contribute to the ASKAP and Pawsey software development teams in the areas of: HPC I/O optimisation, parallel programming techniques and use of accelerator technologies (GPU) for Radio Astronomy.
  • Present results in a meaningful format, prepare reports for project stakeholders and/or write scientific papers for publication.
  • Draw on expertise, knowledge of other disciplines and recognise opportunities for innovation and formulate software solutions by pursuing new ideas/approaches and networking with scientific and engineering colleagues across a range of disciplines

To be considered you will need:

  • A PhD in a relevant field such as Computational Chemistry/Physics/Bioinformatics, Computer Science, Computer Engineering or equivalent, with 2+ years of relevant experience in research and development
  • A demonstrated publication history of authorship on scientific papers in peer reviewed journals, reports, grant applications or inventorship on patent applications.
  • Advanced programming experience with focus on developing scientific computing applications running on HPC platforms


  • Eligibility
    • The successful candidate will be asked to obtain and provide evidence of a National Police Clearance or equivalent. Additional integrity checks may be required for specific roles which require security clearance for working with children, Australian Government cybersecurity requirements or other identified security roles.
  • Flexible Working Arrangements
    • We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work.
      Diversity and Inclusion
    • We are working hard to recruit people representing the diversity across our society, and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish.


At CSIRO Australia’s national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. We put the safety and wellbeing of our people above all else and earn trust everywhere because we only deal in facts. We collaborate widely and generously and deliver solutions with real impact.

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