DevOps Engineer - SKA-Low Telescope


Location: Perth

Job Type: Full time


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The Opportunity

The SKA Observatory (SKAO) is a next-generation radio astronomy facility that will revolutionise our understanding of the Universe and the laws of fundamental physics. Enabled by cutting-edge technology, it promises to have a major impact on society, in science and beyond.

In Australia, the SKAO is collaborating with CSIRO to operate and support the construction of the low frequency telescope (SKA-Low) in remote Western Australia on Wajarri Yamaji Country.

The Traditional Owners and native title holders, the Wajarri Yamaji, have gifted CSIRO with the traditional name Inyarrimanha Ilgari Bundara for the CSIRO Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory, home to the SKA-Low telescope. The traditional name means ‘sharing sky and stars’ in the Wajarri language.

The SKA-Low DevOps Engineer will be part of the new SKA Low Site Reliability Engineering team responsible for establishing and maintaining the Continuous Integration and Delivery pipeline to support the SKA-Low computing and software system that will have to last, and be continually developed, for decades. Enabling flow in delivering working software, systems and services to the telescopes, from version control to automated deployment in a highly regulated environment, at scale.

They will work alongside key stakeholders within the SKAO community to support the long-term continuous integration and delivery of operationally secure, highly available, and sustainable computing and software systems. This role will report directly to the SKA-Low Site Reliability Engineering Manager.

Your duties will include:

  • Work with SKAO stakeholders to continually refine the requirements of the Continuous Integration and Delivery pipelines for the SKA software system.
  • Work with the SKAO SAFe® Platform and System teams to support and help agile development teams in adopting DevOps practices as defined.
  • Automate processes and procedures to continuously improve how software is deployed.
  • Assist and enable the software release management process including configuration management.
  • Assist with documenting relevant processes, procedures and tools to support the Continuous Integration and Delivery ecosystem.
  • Contribute to the maintenance of a containerised infrastructure for software development, testing and deployment.

Location: Perth, Western Australia

Salary: AU$89,680 - AU$101,459 plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Indefinite – Full-Time, Part-Time or Job-Share

Reference: 94057

To be considered you will need:


  • A tertiary qualification in Computer Science, Software Engineering, or equivalent work experience.
  • Experience in using and implementing DevOps principles, practices and/or Continuous Integration tools (Jenkins, GoCD, Gitlab, Travis-CI).
  • Experience with scripting and/or programming languages, preferably Python.
  • Experience in automation of testing, verification and deployment of software.


  • Experience in using infrastructure provisioning tools (such as Docker, Helm, Ansible, Terraform) in a cloud environment or in a virtualized environment.
  • Experienced in administering application servers, web servers and databases.
  • Knowledge of integrated security practices such as secrets management into the DevOps pipelines, SSO, platform and application hardening.
  • Demonstrated understanding and enthusiasm for working based on lean/agile principles.

CSIRO is an Equal Opportunity employer working hard to recruit world-class talent that represents the diversity across our society. As part of our commitment to equitable employment outcomes for under-represented groups, preference will be given to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, women and people with a disability who meet the role criteria.

For Full details about this role, please review the Position Description


Applications for this position are open to Australian/New Zealand Citizens, Australian Permanent Residents or you must either hold, or be able to obtain, a valid working visa for the duration of the specified term. Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work.

CSIRO and the SKA Observatory value and respect difference, and we are committed to building an inclusive culture by creating an environment where you can balance a successful career with your commitments and interests outside of work. We believe that you will do your best at work if you have a work / life balance. We are open to discussing flexible working opportunities with this role being offered on a full-time, part-time or job share basis. Please raise your preference in your application.

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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How to Apply

To apply for this role, please apply on-line providing your CV, and a Cover Letter clearly addressing the essential criteria of this role and your motivation for applying. Under CSIRO policy, only those who are able to demonstrate how they can meet the essential criteria may be appointed

Applications Close

15 October 2023, 11:59pm AWST

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