First listed on: 18 May 2023

MDE System Architect


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The Opportunity

  • Training provided and supportive team environment 
  • Flexible work arrangements! Mix of home and office 
  • Career development opportunity

CSIRO is implementing a comprehensive change and implementation plan that addresses an underlying need for a CSIRO-wide Managed Data Ecosystem (MDE). The development of the change and implementation plan is ensuring that the business requirements and unique needs of the Research Business Units are identified. This is being done through extensive consultation with the Business Units. As key requirements emerge, the MDE project aims to initiate strategic projects to maximise IMT’s impact by delivering enhanced capabilities to the CSIRO researcher, engineer and other staff.

The program is funded until July 2025 however it is very likely the program will either continue or a supplementary program focused on designing and implementing system improvements that make CSIRO’s research data available to its customers will be triggered. As a result it is likely this role will continue past this date.

CSIRO requires the services of an experienced System Architect to bring system level designs across CSIRO’s Information and technology landscape together and where they do not exist, facilitate the development of system level designs in collaboration with the relevant Capability and Technology Leads.  The system architect will also derive the application roadmaps and their lifecycle in line with future requirements and in line with the MDE Program’s strategy.

Your duties will include:

  • Provide System Architecture services to the CSIRO Managed Data Ecosystem program
  • Facilitate the development of system level designs for The MDE Program.
  • Deliver system designs including ‘as built’ and target states.
  • Work with capability and technology leads to develop sub-system level designs and to develop technology plans
  • Lead a number of Technical working groups
  • Liaise with all CSIRO IMT teams to ensure that the integrated nature of IMT systems are represented and considered in systems and technology design
  • Conduct system design activities and reviews of detailed component designs and provide advice on solution design best practice.
  • Assist in the establishment and ongoing development of architectural viewpoints, which consider the Business, Information, Application and Technology domains

Location: Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane, Adelaide
Salary: AU$121,455 - AU$142,321 pa + up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified term of 2 years (possible extension)
Reference: 92825

To be considered you will need:

Essential Criteria:

  1. The ability to blend and translate business needs and outcomes to align to system elements thus assuring the people, organisations, information, cyber and application needs are accommodated and directly related to business needs.
  2. Demonstrated ability to understand and lead teams across the following considerations:
    1. Alignment of business outcomes to operations, information and technology designs
    2. Development of information and technology designs that are viable, feasible, and aligned to the organisation’s enterprise architecture.
  3. A good understanding of infrastructure as well as cloud technologies
  4. A good demonstration of being customer centric, including end user needs as well as administration or operational needs
  5. Experience producing simple diagrams to convey complex technical problems
  6. Demonstrated knowledge, understanding and commitment to principles of Workplace Diversity; Equal Employment Opportunity; Occupational Health, Safety and Environment; and Employee Participation.

Desirable Criteria:

  1. Experience or the ability to demonstrate a commitment to delivering outcomes in eResearch, scientific computing or other innovation centric environments is highly desirable.
  2. An understanding of the basic research lifecycle and research data lifecycles.

For full details about this role please review the Position Description


  • Applications for this position are open to Australian Citizens only
  • Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.
  • The successful candidate will be required to obtain and maintain a security clearance at the Baseline Level.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. 

Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit people representing the diversity across our society, and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. 


At CSIRO Australia's national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. We put the safety and wellbeing of our people above all else and earn trust everywhere because we only deal in facts. We collaborate widely and generously and deliver solutions with real impact. 

CSIRO is committed to values-based leadership to inspire performance and unlock the potential of our people.

CSIRO is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people involved in our activities and programs, whether we are undertaking research, engaging with the public or nurturing future scientists in person or online. Source – CSIRO Child Safe policy 2023

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How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications Close

Wednesday 31st of May 2023, 11:00pm AEST

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