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Program Leader – High Performance Computing

Program Leader – High Performance Computing (BBBH91336) Edinburgh, Adelaide, Australia

Salary: AUD177313 - AUD193989 per annum + plus super


About the job

High Performance Computing – Program Lead

  • Australian Citizenship is Mandatory
  • You can be based in Adelaide, Melbourne & Canberra
  • Full time Public Service position
  • $177,313 - $193,989 plus super
  • EL2.2 (S&T8)
  • Women friendly work environment

The Department of Science and Technology Group brings together interdisciplinary expertise from across Australia and around the world to address Defence and national security challenges. There role is to work closely with the Australian science, technology and innovation eco- system to deliver scientific advice and solutions that provide capability enhancement for Defence and the national security community.

The DST Group play a critical role to support and sustain the new HPC Capability delivering a world class sovereign capability to enable advanced computational and data science in the DST Group by providing the tools and support for modelling, simulation and analysis in Defence's increasingly complex and data-rich world.

The Role

As the Program Leader – High Performance Computing, you will provide strategic leadership in application and development of computational and data intensive capability. Work closely with various areas within DST Group’s Digital Science and Scientific Computing function. You will engage with researchers, senior leaders, external research partners and national and international organisations with regard to computational and data intensive capabilities.

Specific responsibilities to include:

  • The delivery of a world class, secure Defence High Performance Computing capability including the planning, acquisition, deployment and development of the next generation of infrastructure and optimised software in support of leading-edge computational and data intensive infrastructure and capability.
  • The workforce, systems management and applied science support groups for Defence High Performance Computing including the development of practices, skills and culture delivering computational and data science capabilities to Defence, in collaboration with Program Leader Digital Science and Program Leader Scientific Computing.
  • The achievement of the High-Performance Computing technical refresh acquisition and sustainment programmed in the Defence Integrated Investment Program including the timely provision of capability and financial reporting to Defence.
  • The adoption of best practice in the uptake, utilisation, deployment and development of High-Performance Computing in support of computational and data science in Defence, working closely with relevant DSTG researchers and DSSC capability areas.
  • Engagement with the DSTG Senior Leadership Team, Defence and National Security partners, researchers and external science & technology partners on the opportunities for use of advanced computational and data science and emerging computational technologies including, for example, in support of Defence’s STaR Shots and Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence (ML/AI), and direct interest to the appropriate work take on area.
  • Engagement with strategic HPC partners and relevant Australian and international agencies to ensure DSTG effectively leverages developments in computational capability and technology, including representing Defence and DSTG in national and international forums and collaboration programs.

Required skills and experience:

Highly Desirable:

  • Doctorate or advanced degree in a relevant field in computer science or computer engineering, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience in the leadership and development of contemporary HPC computational and data science capabilities in a research environment.
  • Outstanding communication skills, both verbal and written. Able to communicate technical issues, solutions and business models to technical and non-technical audience.


  • International profile in applied computational science or advanced data science.
  • Active participation in extensive professional networks in HPC and advanced computational science.
  • Experience working within the Australian Protective Security Policy Framework.
  • Experience leading the strategy, delivery and operation of major computational and data science infrastructure in a large scale research organisation.

To apply for this opportunity, please click ‘APPLY’. For further information, please contact Aparna Malik on 08 8228 1560