Inward Heavy Data Specialist


Location: Hobart

Job Type: Full time


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The Opportunity

  • Key role enabling development and delivery of science-based ocean products and services
  • Facilitate underpinning CSIRO data management policies, standards and frameworks while delivering to key customers
  • Join Australia’s National Science Agency!

CSIRO’s Environment Business Unit brings together CSIRO’s capabilities in marine, atmospheric, water and terrestrial environment disciplines, as well as significant social and economic research, to align and support the nation in creating a better and more sustainable future.

As an Inward Heavy Data Specialist, you will work within the Oceans Group and several teams across various Programs dealing with ocean analysis and modelling. In this role you will take responsibility for the management and preparation of datasets for scientific analysis and utilisation, and for the development of analysis tools.

You will contribute, with other team members from the Environment Business Unit, by managing large incoming datasets (observations, satellite data, global model outputs, reanalysis products) that enable the operational oceanography projects, and you will participate in these projects.

A strong focus of this position is on managing dataflows that feed into CSIRO Ocean modelling suites for a range of applications from operational ocean forecast systems to developing products and services that allow ocean and climate intelligence to be incorporated into decisions in various sectors across the Australian and the broader region.

You will also work with scientists and play a key role in developing large-scale data analytics for models to be operational and science developments to be effective. This will include supporting junior and senior scientists.

Your duties will include:

  • Operationally oversee acquisition of the datasets (in collaboration with other team members), ensuring they are kept up-to-date, complete, are properly indexed, catalogued, and maintained in standard formats, to be available via services that meet the needs of project users.
  • Interact with project team members to ensure curation of datasets are fit for purpose, and the uptake for research and development is streamlined.
  • Liaise with internal stakeholders and interact with domestic and international data providers.
  • By remaining active and current in the Data Management community in CSIRO and related organisations, identify tools and best practices to bring to the management of these datasets.
  • Develop relationships with current and potential partner institutions and agencies (NCI, ARDC and others) that enable improved efficiencies through sharing of the high-volume ocean data load.

Location: Hobart (preferred), Melbourne and Canberra (negotiable)

Salary: AU$105,806 - AU$114,500 per annum (pro-rata for part-time) plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Indefinite, Full time

Reference: 92517

To be considered you will need:


Under CSIRO policy only those who meet all essential criteria can be appointed.

  1. A relevant tertiary qualification or equivalent relevant work experience in data management and analysis.
  2. Experience using, managing, and analysing large or complex datasets, such as in the climate/ocean sciences, from large-scale numerical models or from heavy data producing remote sensing or deployed instrumentation.
  3. Demonstrated experience in scripting and programming languages such as Python, R, Perl, Fortran 90, C++ and Linux shell scripting in a collaborative environment using modern code management practices (e.g. version controlled repositories, using inline bug-tracking and documentation systems).
  4. Experience using HPC (high-performance computing) resources to analyse and/or generate large datasets, including the use of job scheduling tools such as PBS/Slurm.
  5. Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills including the ability to document results and communicate effectively with colleagues and clients in order to meet projects goals and timelines.
  6. Demonstrated ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary, regionally dispersed research delivery team, and carry out tasks autonomously in support of scientific research.

For full details about the roles please view the Position Description.


Applications for this position are open to Australian/New Zealand Citizens and Australian Permanent Residents only.

Appointment to this role may be subject to conditions including provision of a national police check.

The successful candidate will be required to acquire a Baseline Australian Government security clearance after commencement.

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.


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How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications Close

15th June 2023, 11:00pm AEST

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