Space Test Scientist

Canberra, Australia
21 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
06 Jan 2019
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Full Time

Classification: Academic Level B
Salary package: $98,009 - $111,365 per annum plus 17% superannuation
Terms: Full time, Continuing (Contingent Funded)

College overview

The ANU College of Science (CoS) comprises: the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, the Research School of Biology, the Research School of Chemistry, the Research School of Earth Science, the Fenner School of Environment and Society, the Mathematical Sciences Institute, the Research School of Physics and Engineering, and the Centre for the Public Awareness of Science.

Staff and students within the ANU College of Science conduct research and delivers a research-led education program that encompasses the entire breadth of the sciences, supported by extensive international networks and by world-class facilities. The College has a strong tradition of research excellence that has fostered distinguished Nobel Laureates and Kyoto Prize winners and that trains scientific leaders in disciplines in which the ANU is consistently ranked in the top twenty in the world.

Position overview

The Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre (AITC) at the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics (RSAA) has high-level engineering and scientific teams that develop innovative state-of-the-art instrumentation for astronomy, space applications, laser communications and advanced materials.

The AITC is participating in the billion-dollar international Giant Magellan Telescope project, as well as supporting development and upgrades of existing RSAA telescopes and building instruments for international partners. The AITC offers end-to-end professional services and capability for the design, manufacture, integration and test of precision instrumentation and complex systems. The AITC Program requires a high-level expert in space testing environment  to carry out independent research and develop compliant space test procedures on highly specialized equipment and space test facilities.

This position aims to provide scientific and technical expertise for development of space test facilities and novel techniques for space test environment including electric propulsion systems for space use and for plasma wind tunnel testing of advanced materials. Plasma probes and sensors will be developed and integrated into the test facilities to advance space science and our understanding of space weather.

The Space Test Scientist will be responsible for research and development of relevant technologies as a part of a team of scientist and engineers.

Space Scientist will follow technical management procedures to ensure optimum results for complex, multi-disciplinary instrumentation projects, often in the framework of international consortium.

For further enquiries, please contact Professor Anna Moore

T: 02 6125 4274 or


Closing Date: 06 January 2019

Position Description: Level B Space Test Scientis v1_X (3).doc

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Application information

In order to apply for this role please make sure that you upload the following documents:

  • A statement addressing the selection criteria.
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV) which includes the names and contact details of at least three referees (preferably including a current or previous supervisor). If your CV does not include referees you can complete these online when prompted in the application form.
  • Other documents, if required.

Applications which do not address the selection criteria may not be considered for the position.