Software Engineer

Boroondara, Australia
03 Jan 2018
End of advertisement period
19 Jan 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Software Engineer opportunity in the Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing
  • Full-time, 1 year fixed term position with potential to extend
  • Attractive salary plus generous staff benefits

About Swinburne

Swinburne is a progressive university that aims to increase Australia’s capacity in science, technology and innovation as the drivers of modern, internationalised economies and workplaces. Our university is focused on high-impact global research, high-quality teaching and active engagement with both industry and the community.

About the Theoretical Astrophysical Observatory

The Theoretical Astrophysical Observatory (TAO) is an online virtual observatory that houses a growing ensemble of national and international theory datasets and galaxy formation supercomputer simulations, made available to the astronomy community. TAO is a node of the All-Sky Virtual Observatory (ASVO) which is funded by the Australian Government’s National eResearch Collaborative Tools and Resources (NeCTAR) initiative, with additional funds managed by Astronomy Australia Limited (AAL).

About the job

In this newly created role, you will fill a senior role within the Astronomy High-Performance Computing unit as part of our Theoretical Astrophysical Observatory (TAO) team. Your day to day work will include research, design and development of large-scale distributed and/or data-intensive software applications. You will also be responsible for both server-side and front-end design and development. This includes tasks such as:

  • Designing and developing data-intensive server-side data analysis, processing, and visualization tools/modules (using C/C++, Python, and shell scripting)
  • Designing and developing web-applications (using JS React, and Django)
  • Co-Lead our continuous Delivery and DevOps processes.

Working alongside a team of dedicated academics, you will be based at the Swinburne University of Technology (Hawthorn campus) which maintains a leading profile in supercomputing and related astronomical research through the activities of the Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing.

About you

To be successful in the role, you will have:

  • Bachelor of Computer Science, Software Engineering, or a related field
  • Strong Linux/Unix Background with advanced software programming skills in C/C++, Python, and shell scripting
  • Strong understanding of Object Oriented principles and design patterns

A full list of the selection criteria is available within the position description


The diverse culture within Swinburne is a source of strength. We have an inclusive working environment with employees from a variety of backgrounds. We acknowledge that diversity in the university workforce increases the effectiveness of teams and our capacity for innovation. We welcome applications from Indigenous people, workers of all ages, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

We are proud to be recognised by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality 2016 and of key initiatives such as our Pride@Swinburne Strategic Action Plan and our Reconciliation Action Plan which are integral components of our 2025 vision to be world class university creating social and economic impact through science, technology and innovation. 

At Swinburne we recognise the need to support the work/life balance and flexible needs of our staff. As such a range of flexible working arrangements including paid maternity/partner leave, onsite childcare, working from home and part time options are available. You will have access to many benefits such as career development opportunities including 50% study reduction and staff and management development programs. You will receive up to 17% employer contributions (pension) and various discounts on annual Myki cards, private health insurance and movie tickets. 

To find out more about the extensive benefits offered to Swinburne employees please visit:

How to apply

To start an application click on 'apply' at the bottom of this page and submit a resume, cover letter and response to the Key Selection Criteria, as listed in the Position Description.

Please do not email or send paper applications, all applications must be submitted online.

For further information about the position, please Associate Professor Darren Croton (Astronomer) on +613 9214 5537 or via 

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application, please contact the Recruitment team on +61 3 9214 8600 (option 2).

Applications close at 5 pm on Friday 19th January 2018