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Research Software Engineer, Release Specialist

Canberra, Australia
$109,945 – $117,567 per annum, plus 17% superannuation
Closing date
16 Jun 2024

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Classification: ANU Officer 8 (Specialist) 
Salary package: $109,945 – $117,567 per annum, plus 17% superannuation 
Term: Full-time, Continuing (Contingent Funded) (until June 2028)

  • Flexible working arrangements to encourage a healthy work/life balance, including consideration of part-time roles. 
  • Exceptional workplace culture with a supportive, diverse and inclusive team. 
  • Great work location with world-class staff amenities including gyms, swimming pool, childcare centres, etc. 
  • Excellent remuneration and conditions, including 17% superannuation contributions, annual leave loading and a range of benefits.  

About Us 

ACCESS – The Australian Community Climate and Earth System Simulator – is a collaborative venture between Government and the Australian research community to support development, maintenance and access to climate and weather models and data.   

Hosted at ANU, ACCESS-NRI (ACCESS National Research Infrastructure) is a multi-party collaborative venture responding to the current and future needs of Australia’s scientific, Government and stakeholder community.  

At the heart of ACCESS is a community of Research Software Engineers with a range of skills including high-performance computing, climate and Earth system model development, advanced visualisation, model optimisation, code repository management, model evaluation and data science. 

ACCESS-NRI provides a supportive and enriching workplace for its staff through its strong commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion and wellbeing initiatives. Women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other people that will increase the diversity of the ACCESS community are strongly encouraged to apply. 

The Role 

We seek a Research Software Engineer with knowledge and experience in one or more of the following areas:  

  • Software development (including curation and maintenance of code repositories) 
  • DevOps (including experience with Continuous Integration (CI) and Continuous Development (CD) pipelines) 
  • Database design, management, maintenance and querying 
  • Full-stack web development, microservices and API design 
  • Building and packaging software (experience with scientific software especially valuable) 
  • Object storage, containers, Kubernetes, and/or other HPC and cloud technologies 

You will join the Model Release team, and contribute to creating a class-leading system for testing and deploying ACCESS Models. 

This is an exciting opportunity to work at the intersection of earth system models, climate change and high-performance computing to help address major challenges facing society. 

The role of Research Software Engineer will have demonstrated experience in working as part of a software development team, attention to detail, flexibility, and ability to prioritise tasks to accomplish both short- and long-term goals. Ability to self-direct and learn new skills as needed matters more than knowledge of any specific software package, as does an interest and demonstrated aptitude for picking up new skills and technologies and running with them. We are committed to an enriching work environment, and are prepared to invest in those we appoint, to develop skills that may be missing or enhance those you already possess. ACCESS-NRI represents a uniquely cross-disciplinary work environment that enables significant opportunities for broadening the skills and knowledge of those who choose to join us. 

It is essential that you can work with others, contribute to varied projects as needed, and be able to balance ongoing maintenance and support with scoping and delivery of new projects and other longer-term deliverables. The role has a mixture of internal and external stakeholder engagement, with varied technical and non-technical backgrounds.  

An appointment will be made at ANU Officer 8.  

If this sounds like you, and you are excited to support innovative research and play an active role in making a difference in the field of climate modelling, then please get in touch to find out more about the position.   

Skills and Requirements 


  • Linux/Unix experience 
  • Software development and maintenance experience with modern version control systems (e.g., git and GitHub/GitLab) 
  • Ability to interact and communicate effectively across disciplines 
  • Self-learner, good listener, accountable and passionate about helping others as well as working in a collaborative team environment  
  • Detail-oriented with an ability to handle multiple issues, tasks and competing priorities concurrently 
  • Remain up to date on latest trends and technologies 
  • Commitment to a safe, inclusive and respectful workplace environment 


  • Scientific background and/or experience developing scientific software 
  • Experience with CI/CD pipelines 
  • Experience with scientific programming languages (e.g., Python, Fortran, C/C++, Julia, R) 
  • Database experience (e.g., PostgreSQL, MongoDB) 
  • Web front-end, back-end, or full-stack development experience 
  • Experience with software build systems and software packaging and deployment (e.g. CMake, Makefiles, conda and spack) 
  • Containerisation, object storage and kubernetes for orchestration 

The above skills should be referred to when addressing the selection criteria. 

For further information, please contact Team Leader, Release Management, Dr Aidan Heerdegen on Email:   

The University actively encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. For more information on employment opportunities at the ANU, visit 

ANU values diversity and inclusion and believes employment opportunities must not be limited by socio-economic background, race, religion or gender. For more information about staff equity at ANU, visit

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 two 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. 

Please note: The successful applicant must have rights to live and work in this country. The successful candidate will be required to undergo a background check during the recruitment process. An offer of employment is conditional on satisfactory results. 


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