Graduate Data Engineer

University of Queensland
December 18, 2022
Offerd Salary:$84,488 - $94,103
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Contract Type:Fixed-term position
Working Time:Full time
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  • TERN

  • HEW 5

  • Fixed-term position up to June 2023

  • Closing date Friday 2nd Dec at 11.00pm AEST (R-19482)

  • About This Opportunity

    The Graduate Data Engineer will work as part of the TERN Data Services and Analytics team to extract data from multiple sources and build data pipelines to ingest into repositories for publication and analysis. The successful applicant will have a strong background in data science with a good understanding of concepts, technologies and tools related to data engineering with good programming skills. The successful applicant will work with the informatics and data team and liaise with both internal and external users of TERN.

    TERN is an Australian Government research infrastructure initiative to enhance Australia's environmental research effort, particularly in the area of changes over time in ecosystems. TERN coordinates a national grid of field observation, sensors and remote sensing, which collectively provide open access data for researchers and other users in Australia and globally. TERN was established in 2009 by a National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) grant from the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE) and receives co-investment from state governments and partner institutions. Through a number of extensions and renewals of its grant, TERN's project funding is currently in place until June 2023.

    TERN's head office is at the Long Pocket precinct of the University of Queensland (UQ) in Brisbane and it partners with many other universities across Australia and CSIRO in delivering its research infrastructure project.

    Key responsibilities will include:

  • Work with external and internal stakeholders to support data on-boarding into TERN data infrastructure.

  • Analyse and organise raw data for processing and analysis.

  • Migrate large volume of data from source databases to cloud storage for analysis and synthesis.

  • Build and document data systems and pipelines for on-time data delivery and access.

  • Assist with the data and metadata migration from legacy systems to TERN data and metadata catalog.

  • Assist in the analysis and testing of TERN's data services and portal.

  • About You

  • Tertiary qualification in disciplines such data science, software engineering or computer science.

  • Experience in python programming.

  • Experience with relational databases and NoSQL databases.

  • Experience or understanding in: -ETL tools -Unix or Linux shell commands and scripting -Cloud computing fundamentals -Data visualisation tools.

  • Ability to analyse and break-down complex data problems

  • Knowledge of message queuing, stream processing, and scalable data stores.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • What We Can Offer

    This is a full-time, fixed-term position through to 30 June 2023 at HEW Level 5.

    The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $72,212 - $80,430 plus super of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be in the range $84,488 - $94,103 per annum.

    The following flexible employment options may be available for this role: some working from home; variable start or finish times

    For further information about UQ's benefits, please visit Why Work at UQ and review The University of Queensland's Enterprise Bargaining Agreement 2018 - 2021.


    To discuss this role please contact Dr Siddeswara Guru (Data Services & Analytics Platform Lead) at T :+ 61 7 3346 3125 E:

    For application queries, please contact stating the job reference number in the subject line.

    Want to Apply?

    All applicants must upload the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

  • Cover letter addressing the ‘About You' section

  • Resume

  • Please note that you will be asked to add all documents into the one upload box labelled ‘resume', which is step one of the application form.

    About the Selection Process

    To satisfy pre-requisite questions and ensure your application can be considered in full, all candidates must apply via the UQ Careers portal by the job closing deadline or will not be accepted.

    Other Information

    Work Rights: You must have unrestricted work rights in Australia for the duration of this appointment to apply. Visa sponsorship is not available for this appointment.

    Background Checks : All final applicants for this position may be asked to consent to a criminal record check. Please note that people with criminal records are not automatically barred from applying for this position. Each application will be considered on its merits.

    At UQ we know that our greatest strengths come from our diverse mix of colleagues, this is reflected in our ongoing commitment to creating an environment focused on equity, diversity and inclusion . We ensure that we are always attracting, retaining and promoting colleagues who are representative of the diversity in our broader community, whether that be gender identity , LGBTQIA+ , cultural and/or linguistic , Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples , or people with a disability . Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to

    If you are a current employee of the University, or hold an unpaid or affiliate appointment with the University, please login to your staff Workday account and visit the internal careers board to apply for this opportunity. Please do NOT apply via the external job board

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