First listed on: 05 September 2023

Deployment and Maintenance Manager - SKA-Low Telescope


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The Opportunity

The SKA Observatory is a next-generation radio astronomy facility that will revolutionise our understanding of the Universe and the laws of fundamental physics. Enabled by cutting-edge technology, it promises to have a major impact on society, in science and beyond.

In Australia, the SKA Observatory is collaborating with CSIRO to operate and support the construction of the low frequency telescope (SKA-Low) in remote Western Australia on Wajarri Yamaji Country.

The Traditional Owners and native title holders, the Wajarri Yamaji, have gifted CSIRO with the traditional name Inyarrimanha Ilgari Bundara for the CSIRO Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory, home to the SKA-Low telescope. The traditional name means ‘sharing sky and stars’ in the Wajarri language.

The Deployment and Maintenance Manager will be integral to delivering the SKA-Low Telescope. You will lead the team responsible for assembly, deployment, and integration of the telescope stations, and set up the inaugural team of technicians. As the telescope is built, your team will become responsible for maintenance of the system on site. This start-up stage role requires autonomous and adaptable expertise in maintenance strategy, critical decision-making, and handling evolving project requirements. 

Your duties will include:

  • Lead and coach a 20-person team in the assembly, deployment, integration and maintenance of low frequency radio telescope stations. As construction progresses, manage the team to become focussed on supervision of contracted labour and station integration. 
  • Develop and implement assembly and integration strategies to optimize the SKA-Low telescope's performance. 
  • Deliver regular performance reports to management and stakeholders on assembly, deployment, integration and maintenance. 
  • Monitor project activities for adherence to schedule and budget, initiating corrective actions as necessary. 
  • Maintain comprehensive documentation of all project tasks, ensuring compliance. 
  • Deliver regular performance reports to management and stakeholders on assembly, deployment, integration and maintenance. 

Location: Geraldton, Western Australia
Salary:  AU$121,455 - AU$142,321 plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Indefinite – Full-Time, Part-Time or Job-Share
Reference: 93432

For Full details about this role, please review the Position Description 

CSIRO is an Equal Opportunity employer working hard to recruit world-class talent that represents the diversity across our society. As part of our commitment to equitable employment outcomes for under-represented groups, preference will be given to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, women and people with a disability who meet the role criteria. 

To be considered you will need:


  • Candidates must have a degree or equivalent experience. Demonstrated experience in managing deployment and maintenance for large-scale projects, showcasing an understanding of project management, maintenance strategies, and leadership in complex settings. 
  • Proven experience in leading diverse teams in remote environments, preferably for management of large-scale or complex equipment. This includes overseeing team development, handling personnel issues, and adapting to unique challenges associated with remote settings. 
  • Proven ability to develop and manage construction and maintenance schedules, effectively allocate resources, and balance competing priorities. 
  • Excellent understanding of safety protocols, regulations, and best practice in facility operations . Demonstrated focus on the well-being of personnel, especially in remote environments. 
  • Candidates should demonstrate the ability to write and edit clear, concise, and comprehensive technical documentation, reports, and procedural manuals. 
  • A valid driver’s license.  


  • Familiarity with reliability engineering concepts, such as Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA). 
  • Prior experience in managing crises or unexpected challenges in remote environments, indicating resilience and decision-making under pressure. 
  • A qualification in training and assessing, indicating the ability to foster team development and guide personnel effectively. 
  • Previous experience in start-ups or similar fast-paced, evolving environments, indicating a high level of adaptability and entrepreneurial mindset.


Applications for this position are open to Australian/New Zealand Citizens, Australian Permanent Residents or you must either hold, or be able to obtain, a valid working visa for the duration of the specified term. Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.

Flexible Working Arrangements

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

CSIRO and the SKA Observatory value and respect difference, and we are committed to building an inclusive culture by creating an environment where you can balance a successful career with your commitments and interests outside of work. We believe that you will do your best at work if you have a work / life balance. We are open to discussing flexible working opportunities with this role being offered on a full-time, part-time or job share basis. Please raise your preference in your application.

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. 


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How to Apply

To apply for this role, please apply on-line providing your CV, and a Cover Letter clearly addressing the essential criteria of this role and your motivation for applying. Under CSIRO policy, only those who are able to demonstrate how they can meet the essential criteria may be appointed

Applications Close

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