23d ago

APS6 (S&T4), EL1 (S&T5) – High Performance Computing (HPC) and Various Specialist ICT – Multiple Positions

Department of Defence

Base pay $83k - $120k
"$83,928 - $119,651 (plus Super)"
Permanent Full time Standard business hours
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The Role
We have several Science and Technology (S&T) APS positions at the S&T Level 3-4 Above (APS6 equivalent) and S&T Level 5 (EL1 equivalent) that we are seeking to fill in both High Performance Computing (HPC) and various other specialist ICT roles.
This bulk recruitment campaign seeks to attract suitably qualified and experienced candidates to join the APS workforce in Operations Enablement Division (OED), Digital Science (DS) and Scientific Computing (SC) Branches. Our locations are in Melbourne and Adelaide, and we are open to certain jobs being performed from any location (outside of these cities).

The APS workforce play a critical role to support and sustain the new HPC Capability being delivered by project ICT2286 Phase 1: a world class sovereign capability to enable advanced computational and data science in Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG) by providing the tools and support for modelling, simulation and analysis in Defence's increasingly complex and data-rich world.

The HPC roles we are seeking to fill include: HPC Operations Administrator (S&T3-4 Above); HPC Network Specialist (S&T3-4 Above); HPC File Systems Administrator (S&T3-4 Above); HPC Digital Science Migration Engineer (S&T3-4 Above); HPC Visualisation Engineer (S&T3-4 Above); HPC Computational Science Specialist (S&T5); HPC Data Management Specialist (S&T5); HPC Digital Facilitation Manager (S&T5); HPC Senior Visualisation Specialist (S&T5); HPC Systems Manager (S&T5).

Highly Desirable Skill Area (HPC):

  • Experience working with or managing HPC environments for scientific endeavours.

Desirable Skill Areas (HPC):

  • Experience conducting studies to develop advanced software tools, codes, models, algorithms and techniques that support data visualisation workflows, including data manipulation operations such as complex format conversions.
  • Experience investigating, developing and validating improved computational approaches to: data visualisation; and workflow and data optimisation, to achieve gains in productivity and effectiveness.
  • Experience in the design, development and implementation of data visualisation workflows to produce creative scientific visualisation imagery and animations from complex research datasets.
  • Experience working with and visualising scientific data in big data and/or HPC environments.
  • Experience in efficiently scaling up scientific or computing research from workstation-scale through to highly parallel HPC environments.
  • Experience in adapting data analytics and machine learning computational workflows to HPC environments.
  • Experience Linux/Unix operating systems including helping of people migrating to them.
  • Experience in coordinating advanced computational science projects from inception through delivery.
  • Experience maintaining trusted software repositories, updating associated documentation, and familiarity with DevSecOps tools, process and practice.
  • Experiencing in the preparation of scientific publications and reports, presenting outcomes, demonstrating technologies and interacting with academic/scientific community on Digital Science innovation.
  • Experience partnering with researchers and working in multi-disciplinary research teams to design, develop, and deliver considerably complex technological solutions that meet researcher requirements, while ensuring alignment with security, data management and high performance workflow requirements.
  • Experience in system administration of Linux systems.
  • Experience in the application of ICT security principles consistent with Protective Security Policy Framework (PSPF), Defence Security Policy Framework (DSPF) and Information Security Manual (ISM).
  • Specialise in areas of HPC including networking, storage, compute, and operations.


The specialist ICT roles (and their associated skill requirements) include:

Network Engineer (S&T3-4 Above)

  • Cisco Routing and switching (NAC and 802.1x).
  • Cisco ASA Firewall.
  • Designing and implementing Cisco network solutions.
  • Configuring and supporting Cisco network equipment including routers and switches.
  • Experience in network fault diagnosis and resolution.
  • Cisco ACI (desirable).
  • VMWare NSX (desirable).
  • Some experience or exposure to on premise cloud technologies (desirable).
  • Palo Alto Next Gen Firewall and Panorama management tool (desirable).

Virtualisation/Cloud Engineer (S&T3-4 Above)

  • Good understanding of Private Cloud technology (VMWare product suite).
  • Solid technical background in hosted services environments including hardware, software, virtualisation and storage.
  • Practical knowledge of Windows operating systems (Win Svr 2012, Active Directory).
  • Working experience with TCP/IP networking (DNS, DHCP, etc.).
  • Strong knowledge of security principles as it relates to cloud based infrastructure.
  • Technical ability to resolve complex incidents and problems with experience in networking and security products.
  • High level of customer service and ability to comply with Service Management processes.
  • Good written and oral communication skills are required.

Database Administrator (S&T3-4 Above)

  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in Administering Microsoft SQL databases.
  • Experience with Database Administration for various database types.
  • Knowledge of data management and related processing systems suitable for a research context.
  • Experience in Performance Tuning and Optimisation (PTO), using native monitoring and troubleshooting tools.
  • Experience with backups, restores and recovery models.
  • Knowledge of High Availability (HA) and Disaster Recovery (DR) options for data systems and solutions.
  • Experience in implementing operational automation using scripts.
  • Experience working with Windows/Linux environments.

Networks Manager (S&T5)

  • Previous experience as an IT technical team lead, manager or supervisor.
  • Experience and expertise in CISCO and Juniper network infrastructure and operating systems (switches, routers, firewalls, IOS).
  • Strong knowledge of security principles relating to network services and hardware.
  • Experience and expertise in WAN topologies and configuration, including routing protocols and encryption.
  • Experience in use of network configuration tools such as CatTools and network monitoring tools such as SolarWinds.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Desirable – experience or knowledge in F5 load balancers, VMWare NSX, and Palo Alto Firewalls.

Storage Manager (S&T5)

  • Previous experience as an IT technical team lead, manager or supervisor.
  • Experience in storage and backup technologies including object-based storage.
  • Experience in applying security policies to sustain operations in a security constrained environment, including working within the Australian Protective Security Policy Framework.
  • Strong knowledge of security principles relating to storage and backup services and infrastructure.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

As this is for multiple positions, required security clearances will be at either the Negative Vetting 2 or Positive Vetting levels.

About our Team
Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG) is developing its Computational and Data Intensive Sciences (CDIS) and Digital Research Infrastructure (DRI) capability areas supported by a new High Performance Computing (HPC) Centre, to enable DSTG to remain at the forefront of Defence research. DSTG’s HPC will provide world class computational and data systems for innovative advanced research, development, modelling, simulation and experimentation to optimise Defence platform design and operational performance, force development and optimisation, and to solve difficult and complex real-world Defence problems.

The CDIS Science and Technology Capability area conducts research and innovates where Science and Technology (S&T) converges with computing infrastructure to deliver increased research productivity and enabling new science discovery for Defence researchers. This encompasses DSTG's HPC and cloud platforms and multi-disciplinary S&T areas like workflow and data optimisation (including machine learning), data visualization; computer system benchmarking and code optimisation, and provides expert S&T advice in those areas. With a strong emphasis on security that is critical to Defence, it extends to include research DevSecOps, which delivers secure computational environments, optimised for research workflows, with ready-to-use common computational S&T tools and trusted code repositories. 

The DRI High Performance Computing Infrastructure Team provides a supercomputing service which enables high end computational sciences research for Defence. The team comprises technology experts who provide a reliable, performant and secure HPC service that meets current and future needs. Team members work closely with and support the workforce across Digital Science and Scientific Computing (DSSC) to provide value-add service on the supercomputing infrastructure.

The HPC Infrastructure Team supports all infrastructure aspects to a researcher’s HPC workflow, including supercomputers, high performance storage and scientific visualisation. This enables discovery of new science, processing of vast data sets, and obtaining knowledge from of complex data.

Our Ideal Candidate
We are looking for talented ICT professionals who want to work on the leading edge of computing research; people who like solving complex computational problems, working collaboratively, learning new skills and knowledge, and who want to deliver results for Defence.
Our ideal candidates are high performing with a proven track record of achievement in their field. They are passionate about scientific computing research, are self-motivated, show initiative, and are innovators who strive to make a significant contribution to Defence outcomes.
The most suitable candidates for the HPC positions will be able to demonstrate that they meet the requirements of the Highly Desirable Skill Area (HPC) and have the ability to extend their core skills in one or more of the Desirable Skill Areas (HPC) and apply them to the Defence HPC Capability.

If you are only interested in the specialist ICT roles, you should indicate which roles you are applying for and you will need to be able to demonstrate how you meet the skill requirements of those roles as described under Your Role.
If you are interested in both HPC and any of the specialist ICT roles, you will need to address the requirements for both.


Application Closing Date: Monday 29 August 2022


For further information please review the job information pack, reference DSTG/04056/22 on www.defence.gov.au/apscareers

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Job details
Date posted
27 Jul 2022
Government, Emergency & Defence
Base pay
$83k - $120k
Contract type
Work type
Full time
Job mode
Standard business hours
Work Authorisation
Australian citizen / Permanent resident

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