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Software Engineer - Job Opportunity

An opportunity exists within the Australia Telescope National Facility (ATNF) at CSIRO for a high performing experienced software engineer, able to work effectively in a dynamic and demanding environment that includes interactions with scientists and engineers from multiple disciplines as well national and international collaborators. Key computing challenges include processing (100Tflop) and storage scale (10TB/hour), data processing complexity, and remote operation.

The ATNF is constructing a novel radio telescope, the Australia Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder, to be completed in 2011 and sited at Boolardy, Western Australia. The ASKAP is designed to image large fields of view using a new technology – focal plane arrays of receivers combined using interferometry. If successful, it is expected that this technology will form the basis of the next generation Square Kilometre Array telescope currently being developed by an international consortium that includes Australia.

ATNF is currently building a 10 person team to work on the development of the ASKAP computing capabilities over the next five years. ATNF is collaborating with a South African group on the computing. The ASKAP Central Data Store is a key part of the ASKAP computing solution. It must be capable of storing 10 TB per hour in 2012, with an interim deployment planned on a smaller scale in 2010.

The successful applicant will be a highly collaborative team player with excellent communication skills, relevant tertiary qualifications with at least five years strong computing experience since graduation, fluency in C++ and familiarity in a UNIX and/or LINUX environment.

Applications for this five year fixed-term appointment close 2 December 2007

To apply go to and enter Job Reference 2007/1290

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Added by Alison Jones on 2007-11-09

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