First listed on: 26 May 2022

Manager - AusCalVal Facility


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The Opportunity

  • Collaborate closely with Commonwealth Agencies and the Earth Observation (EO) community
  • Draw on your unique expertise in strategic planning, change management and EO data analytics 
  • Lead a motivated team to fulfil the vision of the recently published AusCalVal Report

CSIRO is home to extensive Earth Observation (EO) science and has established and operated EO satellite calibration sites across Australia for over 15 years.  We continue to grow this capability in support of the National Space Mission for Earth Observation (NSMEO) through further development of the AusCalVal Facility. The CSIRO Manager, AusCalVal Facility is a leadership role in an exciting new program of Earth observation activities being established to support the implementation of the Australian Government Earth Observation from Space Roadmap (‘EO Roadmap’), including the NSMEO.

As the Manager, AusCalVal Facility, you will lead a team of scientists, engineers and contractors to support CSIRO’s role in the implementation of national satellite calibration and validation infrastructure, as part of the NSMEO.  Leading and managing the AusCalVal Facility, you will maintain relevant national scientific Cal/Val networks and cross-government coordination around Cal/Val, whilst establishing and nurturing key international partnerships.

In this role you will:

  • Lead the establishment and operation of a new ‘AusCalVal’ national Facility, including relevant internal and government coordination and progress reporting.
  • Undertake infrastructure planning, budgeting and reporting.
  • Work collaboratively as the leader of a multi-disciplinary team in support of CSIRO’s scientific objectives.
  • Maintain strong and effective relationships with colleagues, clients and collaborators, including the tending of key international partnerships.
  • Maintain relevant national scientific cal/val networks and cross-government coordination around cal/val.
  • Maintain high-level oversight and management of staff and contractors.
  • Host relevant inter-agency technical and scientific advisory committees to support the implementation of the AusCalVal Facility.
  • Manage complex interactions with a variety of stakeholders involving the negotiation of multi-party agreements and contracts.
  • Develop and promote the benefits of the AusCalVal Facility nationally and internationally.
  • Attract, develop and support staff from a diverse range of backgrounds.

Location: Canberra, ACT (Preferred)
Salary: AU$141k - AU$157k per annum, plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified term ending 30 June, 2025 (Full-time)
Reference: 84622

To be considered you will need:

  • A PhD (or an equivalent combination of qualifications and research experience) in a relevant science or technology field such as remote sensing and earth science; combined with managerial qualifications or significant relevant scientific leadership experience.
  • Experience in the use and analysis of Earth Observation data and relevant field measurement instrumentation.
  • The ability to engage with a broad range of stakeholders and build successful strategic collaborations.
  • Experience in strategic planning, organisational alignment, prioritisation and allocation of resources, and change management leadership.
  • The ability to attract, empower, develop and retain staff, manage conflict, promote wellbeing and foster creativity in teams.

To see the full list of criteria for this role, please view the Position Details


  • Applications for this position are open to Australian Citizens only.
  • The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Clearance or equivalent, and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.

Flexible Working Arrangements

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Diversity and Inclusion

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How to Apply

Please apply online and provide a CV and cover letter outlining your motivations for applying and your suitability for the role, paying particular attention to the requirements outlined in the Position Details.

Applications Close

Thursday 16 June, 2022 (11pm AEST)

We reserve the right to withdraw this ad prior to the closing date.

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