First listed on: 15 August 2019
Scientific Advisor, Chief Joint Operations


EL2 (S&T Level 7)
$142,470 – $160,330 (plus super)
Bungendore, NSW 

The Scientific Advisor, Chief Operations Command (SA-CJOPS) works under broad guidelines and is responsible for utilising S&T knowledge, skills and experience to meet the needs of key internal or external stakeholders. They will have a national or international reputation in a specific field of science, and considerable experience, awareness and knowledge across a range of S&T applied to Defence.

A Science Advisor will be able to understand the major strategic issues of concern to their stakeholder group, and then to determine the most effective approach to addressing the S&T elements of those issues.  They will be able to undertake complex to highly complex work requiring diverse experience to resolve, and to report on that work in a language to suit stakeholder needs.  A Science Advisor will form effective relationships with the senior leadership of the stakeholder group and will ensure that outcomes for which they are responsible are delivered in a manner which meets stakeholder expectations. A Science Advisor will assist with the development of policy and procedures to meet stakeholder needs.  They will be able to effectively represent DST to external stakeholders.

The SA-CJOPS position reports to the Research Leader Joint Warfare and Operations (RL JWO) within the Joint and Operations Analysis Division (JOAD) and is line-managed under JOAD Divisional management structures, whilst being responsive to the Domain Program Manager - Joint.

SA-CJOPS will provide

  1. Direct S&T advice to Joint Operations Command (JOC);
  2. Develop and maintain effective working relationships with JOC, Joint Task Force (JTF) Commanders’ and DST MSTC Research Leaders;
  3. Develop a sound understanding of the JOC S&T requirements and assist MSTC leads to ensure that the S&T program is targeting priority JOC requirements;
  4. Lead, manage and coordinate the scientific effort of the DST team embedded in Headquarters JOC;
  5. Maintain an up-to-date working knowledge of ADF campaigns and capability analysis methods and assist science teams by facilitating access to appropriate data and advise on the application of study methods in the operations and exercise domains; and
  6. Establish procedures and guidance to facilitate the efficient application of S&T advice and support to address JOC needs.

SA-CJOPS is available as a substantive S&T 7 position. The vacancy is open to all appropriately qualified and experienced persons. This position requires that the applicant holds a Top Secret Positive Vetting security clearance and includes the Building Defence Capability Payment (BDCP).

Application Closing Date: Thursday 29 August 2019

For further information please review the job information pack, reference DST/02933/19 on


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