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Senior Data Services Engineer

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Area:Faculty of Science
Salary (FTE):Professional Level 07 ($81,883.65 - $89,559.15)
Work type:Full Time - Fixed Term
Location: St Lucia

Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network

TERN is an Australian Government initiative to enhance Australia’s environmental research effort.  TERN coordinates a nationally distributed set of instrumentation and data, and information services which collectively contribute to meeting the needs of terrestrial ecosystem research and other users in Australia for land observing systems.  The infrastructure also contributes to Australia’s role in international programs in areas such as global flux observing.  TERN was established in 2009 by a National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) grant from the Australian Government Department of Education and Training (DoET).  Through a number of extensions and renewals of its grant, TERN’s funding is currently in place until June 2019.

The TERN infrastructure investments are distributed widely and are coordinated and managed nationally by the TERN Office at the University of Queensland (UQ) in Brisbane.  The capabilities of TERN are operated by institutions ‑ termed Operators ‑ under agreements with the TERN Office.

The role

The successful appointees will work in the TERN Office at UQ on data delivery projects for TERN. In particular, the successful applicants will work on the ongoing development of web-based metadata catalogue services and a web-based data and metadata management system (data harvest, integrate and visualisation, and metadata authoring and DOI minting service) for the ecosystem science community.

The positions report to the TERN Data Science Program Leader and works closely with the TERN stakeholders and TERN domain capabilities located across Australia.

The person

Applicants should possess tertiary qualifications in Computer Science, Information Technology, Software Engineering, remote sensing, environmental science or a related field, and have solid experience in software development languages such as Java and Python, and web technologies such as Apache, Tomcat, PHP or similar. The person should have experience in relational and spatial databases (PostgreSQL, PostGIS and/or Oracle Spatial, My SQL Spatial), as well as experience in managing remote sensing data collections. Additionally, high-level interpersonal skills are essential, including the ability to consult and negotiate with other stakeholders to ensure project objectives are met are required.

The University of Queensland values diversity and inclusion and actively encourages applications from those who bring diversity to the University. Please refer to the University’s Diversity and Inclusion webpage ( for further information and points of contact if you require additional support.  

Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to the contact person listed in the job advertisement.


These are two full-time, fixed term appointments to 30 June 2019 at HEW Level 7. The remuneration package will be in the range $81,883 - $89,559 p.a., plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17% (total package will be in the range $95,803 - $104,784 p.a.).

Position Description

Download File position-description-TERN-Snr-Data-Services-Engineer.pdf


To discuss this role please contact Dr Siddeswara Guru on +61 7 334 63125 or

To submit an application for this role, use the Apply button below. All applicants must supply the following documents: Cover letter, Resume and Selection Criteria responses.

For information on completing the application process click here.

Applications close: E. Australia Standard Time

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