Instrument Scientist

Canberra, Australia
23 May 2018
End of advertisement period
30 Jun 2018
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Full Time

Classification: Academic Level A
Salary package: $70,107 - $88,446 per annum plus 17% superannuation
Term: Full time, Continuing Contingent Funded

Position 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.

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 Instrument Scientist provides specialist scientific and technical advice and skills in support of the program in the area of astronomical and space instrumentation from laboratory exploration to development of the new technologies. Instrument Scientist will be responsible to make original contributions to the research enterprise in these or related areas.

Instrument Scientist is required to work in a matrix project management structure under the daily direction of the AITC Program Technical Manager and project manager(s).

Under the broad direction of the AITC Director and responsive to the Technical Program Manager, the Instrument Scientist will conduct research and supervise development of relevant technologies and instruments as a part of the team of scientists and engineers. The work will occur in the context of the AITC business and projects both commercial and research.

A close working relationship is required with engineers in Optical, Electronics, Software, Detector and Systems areas. The Instrument Scientist will follow AITC technical management procedures to ensure optimum results for complex, multi-disciplinary instrumentation projects, often within the framework of international consortia.

For further details please contact Professor Anna Moore P: 02 6125 4724 or E:

Closing date: 30 June 2018

Position description:  Instrument Scientist - Position Description FINAL.docx

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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.