Research Software Engineer

Canberra, Australia
04 Dec 2018
End of advertisement period
16 Jan 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Classification: ANU Officer 7/8
Salary package: $86,723 - $104,717 per annum 17% Superannuation
Terms: Full time, Continuing

The Research School of Earth Sciences is Australia’s leading academic program in Earth and Marine Science, and 9th ranking in the 2018 QS world rankings by discipline. Our research agenda covers all aspects of the Earth system, from climate change through to deep earth processes; from the distant past to future projections. We take pride in pursuing fundamental research questions, in our high-quality research, and in the impact of our research upon society.

We are seeking a Research Software Engineer with experience in computational science and high-performance computing, and with well-developed skills in scientific programming, numerical methods, scaling and optimising codes, code/data management and algorithm development.  The role will support research endeavours in computational fluid dynamics, ocean/climate modelling and geodynamical modelling of the Earth system, utilising high-performance computing, visualisation and big-data approaches.

Position overview

This position will support research the Climate & Fluid Physics and the Seismology & Mathematical Geophysics Research groups (principally the computational geodynamics sub-group) at the Research School of Earth Sciences. The Climate & Fluid Physics group conducts ground-breaking research into the dynamics and thermodynamics of the ocean, atmosphere, cryosphere and land surface. The computational geodynamics group conducts inter-disciplinary research into the thermo-chemical structure and dynamical evolution of Earth’s mantle, and its expression at Earth’s surface. Through this position, we are looking to strengthen the capacity of both groups to further develop and maintain the software infrastructure necessary for cutting edge research.

We welcome a diversity of backgrounds, experiences and ideas and encourage applications from individuals who may have had non-traditional career paths, who may have taken a career break or who have achieved excellence in careers outside of academia.

The Australian National University provides attractive benefits and excellent support to maintain a healthy work/life balance and offers generous remuneration benefits, including four weeks paid annual leave per year, assistance with relocation expenses and 17% employer contribution to superannuation. Benefits also include generous parental leave, the possibility of flexible and part time working arrangements, a parental and aged care support program, ANU school holiday programs, and childcare facilities on campus.

For more information, please contact Andy Hogg

E: or Rhodri Davies


Closing Date: 16 January 2019

Position Description: Research Software Engineer_PD v3.pdf

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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.