An ASKAP antenna at the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory. Image Credit: Ant Schinckel, CSIRO.







Program Manager

Applications closed on 18 July 2016

  • Full-time (part-time considered upon request)
  • One year contract with possible renewal 
  • $100,000 - $120,000 + Super
  • Located in Hawthorn, Victoria, in a relaxed and flexible work environment

Astronomy Australia Ltd is seeking a Program Manager to be responsible for a number of research infrastructure projects, with a particular focus on identifying and supporting increased collaboration with industry partners.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Industry collaboration: Astronomy research drives technology development in areas ranging from instrumentation to data-intensive software. This creates numerous possibilities for collaboration between universities/research organisations and industry to commercialise IP and engage industry vendors. The Program Manager will significantly increase AAL's capacity to facilitate industry collaborations.
  • Project oversight: The Program Manager will oversee a number of research infrastructure projects, including contract negotiation and management. The role involves regular reporting on project progress to AAL's advisory committees and Board.
  • Stakeholder communications: The role involves extensive engagement with astronomers, industry, and the Australian Government. 

This role requires the ability to facilitate collaboration between universities and industry and influence a range of stakeholders. Candidates must have a bachelor degree, project management experience, and superior written and oral communication skills. 

See Position Description for more detailed list of duties and the required and desired experience and qualifications.

About AAL

Astronomy Australia Ltd (AAL) is a not-for-profit company whose vision is that Australian-based astronomers will have access to the best astronomical research infrastructure. We will achieve this vision by engaging with astronomers, advising the Australian Government on astronomy research infrastructure, and over-seeing resultant projects.

AAL is committed to equity and diversity and endeavours to create an environment in which every individual is treated with dignity and respect.

AAL is located at the Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing, Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn. We offer a relaxed, flexible, family-friendly environment, close to public transport, approximately 6km east of Melbourne's CBD.

How to apply

Please refer to the Position Description for further details about this job, and the required and desirable experience and qualifications.

To apply for this position, submit a covering letter and resume via email to AAL's Executive Officer, Yeshe Fenner (yeshe.fenner @

Application close 5PM AEST 18th July 2016.

For more information on this position contact Yeshe Fenner on 03 9214 5520 or yeshe.fenner @  
































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