Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre, Multiple Identified Position

Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre – Multiple Identified positions for women only recruitment

Classification and Salary Package:

  • Academic Level A, B, C ($76,271  - $138,583  pa plus superannuation)
  • ANU Officer Level 6/7, 8, ($84,019 - $110,821 pa plus superannuation)
  • Senior Manager 1 ($118,003 - $123,640 pa plus superannuation) (Specialist)

Position Descriptions: AITC Position Descriptions_.pdf
Term: Full-time, Continuing (contingent funded), 4 years

The Area:

The Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre (AITC) is a national facility in Canberra, Australia. It was established to support the development of the next generation of instruments for astronomy and space. The AITC provides cutting-edge, extensive capabilities in the development of high performance instrumentation for ground-based telescopes and space missions, including precision manufacturing, rapid prototyping and the test and evaluation of small spacecrafts.

The AITC is currently involved in the design and construction of large ground-based instruments for the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT), the European Southern Observatory (ESO), the Subaru Telescope, and other ground-based observatories, in Australia and internationally. The AITC leads cutting-edge space technology programs in laser communications, earth observations and hosts the Australian National Space Test Facility.

The AITC is hosted by the Australian National University, Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the Mount Stromlo Observatory.

The Positions:

The Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre is seeking to offer multiple positions at various professional and academic levels. The level of appointment will be determined by a candidate’s experience, skills and expertise. The successful candidate will contribute to the design, construction, testing, and/or deployment of instruments for astronomy and space, joining a team of ~40 multi-disciplinary researchers and engineers.

  • Opportunities to collaborate closely and, when appropriate, undertake work at other Astralis instrumentation consortium nodes at Macquarie University (Astralis-AAO) and Sydney University (Astralis-USyd).
  • Opportunities to engage into close collaborations/partnerships with a broad range of national and international astronomical observatories, space agencies and industry collaborators, partners and stakeholders.

*Important note: applications will only be accepted by applicants identifying as women.

The Advanced Instrumentation Technology Centre (AITC) is committed to embedding diversity and inclusion into the culture of our research disciplines and is leading a number of initiatives to support gender equality within the centre including improved gender balance amongst staff and students.  As part of this initiative, the Centre is taking a proactive action towards this goal by committing to filling these positions with applicants identifying as women. This is an equal employment opportunity measure aiming to increase representation of women in the field of instrumentation for astronomy and space. This special measure aims to increase employment opportunities for and representation of women in the workplace where women have been, and continue to be, underrepresented.

The Centre will be making multiple appointments, please see below open opportunities and follow the link to apply:

Postdoctoral Fellow – Academic Level A / Research Fellow – Academic Level B / Instrument Scientist – Academic Level C

The Postdoctoral Fellow / Research Fellow / Instrument Scientist will contribute to the strategic goals of the Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre (AITC).

To excel in this role, you will have a Masters degree or PhD or progress towards a PhD or equivalent in physics, engineering or related area with work experience in a research field related to astronomical and/or space instrumentation and/or laser communications. Demonstrated experience in instrumentation development, with high-level expertise in two or more of the following areas: visible and/or infra-red optical instrumentation, adaptive optics, detector technology, programming (e.g. Python), high performance computing, laser communications.

Apply Now: Postdoctoral Fellow / Research Fellow / Instrument Scientist

Project Manager Discipline Lead – Senior Manager 1 (Specialist)

The Project Manager Discipline Lead is responsible for leading and mentoring project managers, ensuring AITC projects have the necessary standards, resources, expertise and facilities required to fulfil AITC commitments and targets.

To excel in this role you will have an undergraduate degree and progress towards postgraduate qualifications in project management, plus over four years relevant experience in: senior management in engineering environments; complex multidisciplinary projects using waterfall and/or agile techniques; liaising with teams, stakeholders, negotiation and project management development; analytical, conceptual, problem solving and report writing

Apply Now: Project Manager Discipline Lead

Mechanical / Senior Mechanical Specialist – ANU Officer Level 6/7, 8 (Specialist)

The Mechanical / Senior Mechanical Specialist is expected to provide specialist technical expertise in support of design, development, validation and maintenance for approve RSAA technical projects and activities.

To excel in this role you will have a degree in science, engineering or related discipline and a minimum of two years relevant experience in: mechanical and opto-mechanical design; system validation techniques and maintenance; computer assisted design and modelling, including integration of optical, thermal, and mechanical (including FEA) design approaches and proficiency with solid modelling and the ASME Y14.5 Standard or equivalent.

Apply Now: Mechanical / Senior Mechanical Specialist

Instrumentation / Senior Instrumentation Specialist – ANU Officer Level 6/7, 8 (Specialist)

The Instrumentation / Senior Instrumentation Specialist is expected to provide technical expertise in support of the RSAA astronomical instrumentation program in the area of electronics, and/or optical detector systems.

To excel in this role you will have a degree in science, engineering or related discipline and relevant experience in: a multi-disciplinary technical environment and two or more of the following technical areas: advanced embedded electronics, controls and/or  detector systems.

Apply Now: Instrumentation / Senior Instrumentation Specialist

Systems Specialist / Senior System Specialist – ANU Officer Level 6/7, 8 (Specialist)

The System Specialist / Senior System Specialist will work with Project Manager and project teams and will be responsible for oversight of the requirements definition, design synthesis and system validation during the full life-cycle of the project.

To excel in this role you will have a degree in science, engineering or an equivalent combination of relevant experience in: instrument or aerospace systems design including; requirements development, prototyping, build/manufacture and system validation. Experience with Model Based Systems Engineering processes and software (such as MagicDraw) would be highly regarded.

Apply Now: Systems Specialist / Senior System Specialist

Optical / Senior Optical Specialist – ANU Officer Level 6/7, 8 (Specialist)

The Optical / Senior Optical Specialist will undertake research and development activities providing specialist technical support to AITC program in the area of optics, including ensuring optics standards and technical capabilities requirements are met for assigned projects.

To excel in this role you will have a degree in optics or related discipline and will demonstrate experience in: management of optical systems design, manufacturing, integration, testing and delivery, and optical design software as well as optical materials, properties and coatings.

Apply Now: Optical / Senior Optical Specialist

Software / Senior Software Specialist – ANU Officer Level 6/7, 8 (Specialist)

The Software Specialist / Senior Software Specialist will support the design, validation and maintenance of software systems for approved RSAA technical programs and activities.

To excel in this role you will have a relevant degree (e.g. computer science, software engineering, physics, mathematics) and experience in: design, production, and testing of software systems in a scientific environment; and modern software development methodologies including languages such as C++ and Python

Apply Now: Software / Senior Software Specialist

For more information about the academic positions please contact Professor Celine d’Orgeville on T: +61 (0) 2 6125 6374 or E:

For more information about the specialist positions please contact AITC Technical Director, Dr Roger Haynes on T: +61 2 6125 0313 or E:

Prof. d’Orgeville is the AITC Deputy Director, and a world-renowned Inclusion Diversity Equity and Access (IDEA) champion. Dr Haynes is the AITC Technical Director and an avid supporter of IDEA. Together and with support from the broader AITC team, Prof. d’Orgeville and Dr Haynes are committed to recruiting 10 or more new women and women-identifying academic and technical staff at the AITC. These new staff will benefit from dedicated mentoring and support by the AITC Leadership Team to ensure that they grow and thrive in the AITC work environment.

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ANU values inclusion, diversity, equity and access (IDEA) and is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to those of all backgrounds and identities. LGBTIQ* people and people with a disability are encouraged to apply. For more information about staff equity at ANU, click here.

Please note: If you do not already have the necessary Australian working rights for the Academic positions or for the Specialist positions classified, where it is identifiable that there are skills shortages in Australia, the ANU will support the successful candidate in the working visa application process. The working visa application would remain the responsibility of the candidate.

For all other positions, the successful applicant must have rights to live and work in Australia.

The successful candidate will be required to undergo a background check during the recruitment process. An offer of employment is conditional on satisfactory results.

Closing Date: 20 Nov 2022 

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