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Research Software Engineer (Atmosphere or Ocean Specialists)

Research Software Engineer (Atmosphere or Ocean Specialists)

  • 552739
  • Canberra / ACT, ACT, Australia, 2601
  • Continuing (Contingent Funded)
  • Closing at: Oct 22 2023 at 23:55 AEDT

Classification: ANU Officer 7 or 8 (Information Technology)
Salary package: $95,324 – $114,700 per annum plus 17% superannuation 
Term: 2 x Full-time, Continuing (Contingent Funded) (up to 5 years)

  • 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 the Government and the Australian research community to support development, maintenance and access to climate and weather models and data.  

Hosted at ANU, ACCESS-NRI is as a multi-party collaborative venture responding to the current and future needs of Australia’s scientific, Government and stakeholder community. At the core of ACCESS-NRI 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, machine learning, 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 are seeking two Research Software Engineers with a background in scientific modelling to enhance our atmosphere and ocean model development capabilities for the benefit of research facilities, stakeholders and the wider ACCESS user community. 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 the Research Software Engineer (Atmosphere Specialist/ Ocean Specialist) will be to work collaboratively with the Atmosphere/ Ocean model development team to develop software tools and infrastructure to support the ACCESS community. The position will require demonstrated experience in working as part of a software development team as well as the ability to self-direct and prioritise tasks to accomplish both short- and long-term goals. An aptitude for learning new skills, flexibility to contribute to varied projects as needed, and ability to communicate effectively across disciplines are essential. The role has a mixture of internal and external stakeholder engagement, with varied technical and non-technical backgrounds.  Candidates with a scientific and programming background are encouraged to apply. 

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. This advertisement is a call for applicants with the necessary outlined skills and experience, where two appointments to be made either at level ANU Officer 7 or ANU Officer 8, depending on the candidate’s level of experience.  

Skills and Requirements 


  • Experience with scientific programming languages (e.g., Python, Fortran) 
  • Linux/Unix experience 
  • Software development experience with modern version control systems (e.g., git, GitHub/GitLab) 
  • Scientific background 
  • Ability to interact and communicate effectively across disciplines 
  • Work effectively in a collaborative team environment  
  • Self-directed learner, good listener and accountable 
  • Detail-oriented with an ability to handle multiple issues, tasks and competing priorities concurrently 
  • Commitment to a safe, inclusive and respectful workplace environment 


  • Experience with high-performance computing 
  • Experience developing and/or delivering technical training 
  • Passionate about sharing your knowledge and helping others  
  • FAIR principles for data and software 

For further information, please contact Heidi Nettelbeck on E:  

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 

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


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