Industry Engagement Lead - AusSRC (Project Coordinator)

Curtin University of Technology
August 04, 2024
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About us

The Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy (CIRA) is a multi-disciplinary research institute engaged in a range of projects involving or motivated by radio astronomy. CIRA's activities draw together academic research and professional staff from a variety of science, engineering, and computing disciplines to tackle unique and demanding challenges in radio astronomy. CIRA is the lead organisation and operator of the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA), half of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR), a member of the Australian SKA Regional Centre Joint Venture, and a key participant in the international SKA project.

CIRA celebrates diversity and is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage applications from all cultures, races, nationalities, genders, identities, and abilities meeting the requirements outlined in this role, and are committed to preserving our principles of equitable and inclusive work and study environments.


The SKA Observatory (SKAO)is an intergovernmental organisation tasked with building and operating the world's largest radio telescopes. To fully exploit the scientific output of the immense amount of data flowing from the telescopes, the SKAO is working with science communities across the world through nationally-led science enabling infrastructure hubs, the SKA Regional Centres (SRCs).

The Australian SKA Regional Centre (AusSRC) is Australia's portion of this international network and has been funded – by the Australian Government through the Department of Industry, Science, and Resources (DISR) – $63 million from FY 2022/23 to 2030/31, to establish and build capability to support the Australian and international SKA science communities, thereby ushering in the next era of astronomical discovery and advanced data processing. The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Curtin University, Pawsey Supercomputing Centre, and The University of Western Australia (UWA) are the four foundation partners formally collaborating to support and develop the Australian SKA Regional Centre (AusSRC) into a long-term national facility.

Working with science teams as well as local resource providers, the AusSRC will help to develop scalable post-processing and data analysis strategies and automated workflows that could eventually be applied to data from the SKA telescopes. Effort will also be directed to establishing and prototyping various aspects of the international SRC Network.

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Your Role

The Industry and Engagement Liaison will be employed by Curtin University, line managed by the ICRAR-Curtin's Director, Translation & Impact. Functional management of day-to-day activities of this role will be the responsibility of the AusSRC Business Manager.

As the appointee you will, under broad direction, take a lead role in driving AusSRC's industry collaboration and general engagement initiatives. You will coordinate the establishment of new partnerships and collaborations with key stakeholders, including industry, applying your technical understanding of data processing and computing, as well as your commercial skills, to strike agreements that represent value for both industry and AusSRC alike.

You will proactively work with the AusSRC Management Team and the ICRAR-Curtin T&I Director to strategically plan, initiate and implement industry engagement projects and activities. This will include workshops and other events that translate and communicate the AusSRC's science outcomes to industry, communities and multi-disciplinary sectors.

Internally, you will provide project support to the Curtin-node of the AusSRC in meeting its reporting requirements.

This role is envisaged to evolve in alignment with the AusSRC project as it develops and scales, and ultimately transitions from a planning and growth phase (focusing on building up the functionality required to handle the diverse science requirements of SKA telescopes), into an operational phase delivering data and enabling science for the astronomy community. As such, this role will especially suit someone looking to embark on this journey with AusSRC, who is willing to engage with professional development opportunities (if/when required) so they can adapt the focus of their activities according to changing project requirements.

This role is open to applicants with a background or understanding of computing or big data processing, commercial stakeholder engagement, business development, and event planning and delivery.

The role is also open to discussion on FTE commitment for candidates interested in part time and/or job sharing. There is the possibility of sharing responsibilities with ICRAR-Curtin's T&I team.


  • Identify, establish, and maintain strong professional networks and relationships with government agencies, industry groups, and internal and external key stakeholders that lead to new opportunities and strategic partnerships.
  • Identify and develop collaborative opportunities for the AusSRC by developing links with industry.
  • Collaborate with the AusSRC Science team in planning events and industry focused activities/projects.
  • Liaise with key stakeholders to define, scope, and assess projects/opportunities and their feasibility.
  • Manage and deliver projects with industry and other stakeholders, and monitor and report on outcomes in line with key performance indicators. Attend meetings and deliver on reporting requirements.
  • Provide broad support to the technical experts at AusSRC on commercial dealings with industry and other external stakeholders.
  • Monitor critical information and report on developments for the Business Manager's/Director's attention.
  • Maintain and keep up to date shared repositories of information.
  • Establish and maintain efficient processes and practices within the area and respond to ad hoc requests, as required.
  • Coordinate arrangements for meetings, events, and activities.
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    Why Choose Curtin? We are an energetic, dedicated team of academics and professionals working together to provide global solutions through quality graduates and innovative research. Curtin is a welcoming space where integrity, respect for one another, courage, excellence, and impact are essential to everyday life. Situated on Whadjuk Nyungar Country, our vibrant campus includes a gym, day- care centre, a medical centre, art gallery, endless food options including a supermarket, beautiful gardens, end-of-trip facilities, good parking, and excellent public transport connections.

  • Global Excellence: Curtin University proudly stands among the top one percent of global universities according to the ARWU 2023 rankings.
  • Rewards Beyond Salary: Enjoy the perks of a generous superannuation contribution (17%) with cash out options, customisable salary packaging benefits through Paywise; as well as Hotel and Health Insurance discounts.
  • Time Well-Spent: Experience the added value of 17.5% Leave Loading, with the option to be paid out or taken as additional leave. Benefit from Parental Leave (26 weeks for the primary caregiver), Annual Leave (20 days), Personal Leave (14 days), Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Leave (5 days), Study Leave, Community Service Leave, and access to Long Service Leave after 7 years of continuous service for Professional Staff. Plus , 18% more observed days off - enjoy 12 Public Holidays each year (including Easter Tuesday!), and 2 extra University Days over the Christmas/New Year Period (see EBA 51.1 and 51.9).
  • Recognition for Prior Service: Curtin recognises prior service for long service leave purposes. New Curtin employees may be eligible if they have worked for an Australian University, public service or other recognised institution.
  • Health and Wellness: Our on-campus Medical Centre prioritises Curtin staff and students. Join Curtin's Healthy Lifestyle Program, with up to 2 hours per week of paid time off to engage in University-approved healthy lifestyle activities. Explore Curtin's wellbeing locations at https: //
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    Join us!

    Your application should include a cover letter, your CV and separate document addressing the selection criteria (noted below) to allow us to assess your suitability for this role.

    Essential Criteria

  • Relevant degree qualification or demonstrated equivalent competency
  • Demonstrated expertise in industry engagement or commercial project development
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and deploy project management best practices, policies, procedures, and processes that deliver quality outcomes in a limited timeframe
  • Highly developed analytical, problem solving, and organisational skills to effectively plan and implement multiple projects
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills, high level consultation skills, and an ability to manage key relationships with internal and external contacts
  • Ability to work independently, show initiative, and work productively in a team environment
  • Desirable Criteria

  • Experience in and/or familiarity with the commercial computing and/or data science industry.
  • Experience of working with researchers and/or science teams to support them identifying and translating relevant skills.
  • Experience in planning and organising events and activities for a variety of stakeholders and audiences.
  • Experience using team collaboration software, such as Microsoft Teams, Confluence, Jira, and Slack
  • A background or interest in astronomy, science, and technology.
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    Applications close: Sunday, 4 August 2024, at 3:00 pm AWST

    Applicants should note that prior to appointment, any offer of employment is subject to completion of National Police Records checks, and background, integrity, and reference checks to Curtin's satisfaction.

    We encourage non-Australian citizens/residents to apply however you will require work rights in Australia that match the tenure of this role, and you must be willing to relocate to Perth, Western Australia for the duration of the position.

    Applicants may be required to address any foreign interference concerns with respect to both formal and informal arrangements with high-risk foreign countries and their citizens.

    If you have any queries in relation to this application process, please contact our careers team on 08 9266 9000 (option 3,1), quoting the reference number.

    Inclusion and Diversity at Curtin

    We are committed to ensuring that Curtin has an inclusive environment, free from harassment, in which all students, staff and the community feel respected, valued and welcome.

    We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability, women, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and are committed to making reasonable adjustments to enable people with disability to participate fully in our recruitment, selection and appointment processes.


    Curtin reserves the right at its sole discretion to withdraw from the recruitment process, not to make an appointment, or to appoint by invitation, at any time. We reserve the right to remove the advert earlier than the date on the advert.

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