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Software Engineer - Australian Ocean Data Network

Apply now Job no: 499099
Work type: Full time
Location: Hobart
Categories: Information Technology

Software Engineer - Australian Ocean Data Network (AODN) 

  • Full time fixed term position until 30 June 2027
  • Based in Hobart

The Opportunity

The AODN is seeking a motivated and organised Software Engineer with relevant qualifications in computer science, information technology and/or geospatial sciences to work collaboratively within our agile teams to help build and maintain the next generation of web-based, geospatial applications and services of the AODN. This person will contribute to the implementation and design of new data-driven systems and the maintenance of existing systems.

About the University & The Integrated Marine Observing System

The University of Tasmania is building a vision of a place-based University with a mission to enhance the intellectual, economic, social, and cultural future of Tasmania, and from Tasmania, contribute to the world in areas of distinctive advantage.

IMOS is a national collaborative research infrastructure, supported by the Australian Government. It is operated as an unincorporated joint venture (UJV), with the University of Tasmania as Lead Agent  IMOS provides a national, multi-institutional capability to undertake systematic and sustained observing of the marine environment, from the open ocean onto the continental shelf and into the coast, and across physical, chemical and biological variables. IMOS is implemented through a national portfolio of over 60 platform and technology-based Facilities. The Australian Ocean Data Network (AODN) is responsible for the management of IMOS data and provides open online access to these data.­

What’s on Offer?

The University of Tasmania is one of the largest employers in the State and people are at the heart of everything we do. You’ll have access to staff benefits and discounts for health, fitness, accommodation, and banking to name a few. Based at Hobart’s world-renowned Salamanca waterfront, you will have the opportunity to work on interesting and meaningful digital products that make a tangible difference to society, science and the natural environment. On offer are salary packaging options, 17% superannuation and relocation assistance for those considering a move to Hobart.  


Appointment to this role will be at HEO 7 and will have a total remuneration package of up to $123,548 comprising base salary within the range of $96,071 to $105,597 plus 17% superannuation + relocation allowance.

Considering a move to Hobart to take up this opportunity?

Offering a breath of fresh air, our island State’s wild landscapes, unique towns and fascinating history have something for everyone. Tasmania has crafted a unique brand of creativity and adventure; case in point: world-famous MONA and the exceptional mountain bike tracks of Derby. Our world-famous food and wine provide an abundance of fresh seafood, family-run wineries and distilleries, and culinary experiences celebrating farm-fresh produce. 

Key Accountabilities:

  • Build and support geospatial web-based scientific software and information infrastructure hosted on Amazon Web Services (AWS) that underpins the AODN.
  • Working with other members of the AODN team on system design, implementation and maintenance as well as protocols and standards for data and metadata ingestion, processing and distribution.
  • Design and implement new web-based data management systems – including associated design, implementation, release planning and data migration activities.
  • Work closely with internal (IMOS/AODN) and external stakeholders (domain experts) to perform systems analysis tasks – requirements gathering, user interface and system design.
  • Provide support for the AODN data pipelines that ingest, transform and publish high-volume, heterogeneous scientific data.

Your Application

To be successful in the role, your application will need to demonstrate:

  • Tertiary qualification in Computer Science (or similar) with relevant experience or equivalent extensive experience.
  • Well-developed programming skills in Java or Python or web technologies, including design and implementation of REST API’s.
  • Experience with relational database systems (such as PostgeSQL) or no-SQL alternatives (such as Elasticsearch).
  • Experience in writing tools, software libraries, packages to manage or support transfer and transformation of data (preferably in Python).
  • Experience working in agile software development teams.
  • Methodical approach to software development, including testing, and the documentation of software and systems.

How to Apply

If this role is of interest, we look forward to hearing from you.

  • To apply online, please provide the following supporting documentation:
    • Resume
    • Cover letter outlining your suitability and motivation for the role
    • Your responses to the success criteria from the Position Description below
  • For further information about this position, please contact Victoria Isaac, Product Owner - Australian Ocean Data Network (AODN), or 03 6226 2780.
  • Please visit for our guide to applying and details on the recruitment process.
  • Please refer to the attached Position Description Below for full details.

Download File Position Description - 499099 - Software Engineer - Australian Ocean Data Network.pdf

Applications close Sunday, 1 October 2023, 11.55pm

The University of Tasmania strongly encourages employees to maintain COVID-19 vaccination in line with relevant Australian Government health advice.

To be eligible for this position, you are required to have Australian citizenship, permanent residence or a current valid visa that allows you to fulfil the requirements of this role.

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