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

Apply now Job no: 546103
Work type: Continuing (Contingent Funded)
Location: Canberra / ACT
Categories: Professional, Academic

Classification: Level C

Classification: Academic Level A, B, C and ANU Officer Level 6/7, 8, SM1 (Specialist)
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 Testing 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) working on one or more instrumentation projects in ground and space-based astronomy and related fields.

Apply Now: Postdoctoral Fellow / Research Fellow / Instrument Scientist

Project Manager Discipline Lead – Senior Manager 1 (Specialist)

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

Apply Now: Project Manager Discipline Lead

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

The Mechanical / Senior Mechanical Specialist will report to the AITC Mechanical Discipline Lead and is expected to provide specialist technical expertise in support of the program in the area of mechanical engineering. This position will provide design, development, validation and maintenance expertise for approve RSAA technical projects and activities. 

Apply Now: Mechanical / Senior Mechanical Specialist

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

The Instrumentation / Senior Instrumentation Specialist will report to the Detectors, Electronics & Controls Discipline Lead and is expected to provide technical expertise in support of the RSAA astronomical instrumentation program in the area of electronics, and/or optical detector systems. 

Apply Now: Instrumentation / Senior Instrumentation Specialist

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

The System Engineer / Senior System Engineer will report to the AITC Systems Engineering Discipline Lead and will work with Project Manager and project team on project related matters. The Systems Engineer/Senior Systems Engineer primary responsibility for oversight of the requirements definition, design synthesis and system validation during the full life-cycle of the project.

Apply Now: Systems Engineer / Senior System Engineer

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

The Optical / Senior Optical Specialist will report to the Optical Discipline Lead and 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.

Apply Now: Optical / Senior Optical Specialist

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

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

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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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.

Position Description & Selection Criteria

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Applications close: AUS Eastern Standard Time

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