First listed on: 18 February 2023

Communications Advisor - SKA-Low Telescope


Acknowledgement of Country

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The Opportunity

The SKA Observatory is a next-generation radio astronomy facility that will revolutionise our understanding of the Universe and the laws of fundamental physics. Enabled by cutting-edge technology, it promises to have a major impact on society, in science and beyond.

In Australia, the SKA Observatory is collaborating with CSIRO who will host the SKA Observatory’s low frequency telescope (SKA-Low) in remote Western Australia on Wajarri Yamaji Country.

The Traditional Owners and native title holders, the Wajarri Yamaji, have gifted CSIRO with the traditional name Inyarrimanha Ilgari Bundara for the CSIRO Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory, home to the SKA-Low telescope. The traditional name means ‘sharing sky and stars’ in the Wajarri language.

  • Role open to Perth or Geraldton Location
  • Build your career with Australia's premier scientific organisation
  • Support the international effort to build the world’s largest radio telescope

The SKA-Low Communications Advisor is a new role within the growing SKAO team in Australia. Working closely with the SKA-Low Communications and Engagement Manager, the Communications Advisor will help to plan, develop and implement communications strategies to promote the SKAO and SKA-Low telescope activities in Australia and internationally.

Your duties will include:

  • Draw on the knowledge and expertise of the Communications Manager, and work closely with key internal and external stakeholders, to develop communications strategies that promote SKA-Low and the SKAO both in Australia and internationally.
  • Create impactful, accurate and engaging multi-platform content to promote SKA-Low telescope activities, including project updates, digital content and multimedia assets.
  • Contribute to, and sometimes lead, event management and outreach activities, including media and VIP visits to SKAO facilities, industry events, conferences, education programs and public events.
  • Liaise with the media to identify and develop compelling stories, and manage interviews and requests for information.
  • Identify emerging issues, develop issues briefs and statements, prepare spokespeople for interviews and other media engagement, and other activities as required to protect and enhance SKAO’s reputation and brand.

Location: Perth or Geraldton, Western Australia
Salary: AU$105,806 - AU$114,500 plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Indefinite - Full-Time, Part-Time or Job-Share
Reference: 91591

To be considered you will need:


  • A relevant tertiary qualification and relevant experience in communications, such as PR, marketing, digital, media or journalism, or equivalent.
  • Demonstrated experience creating content for digital audiences.
  • Strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills and the ability to establish and maintain relationships with key stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated experience managing multiple priorities with competing deadlines, showing initiative, self-motivation and flexibility.
  • High-level problem solving and judgment skills, including the ability to anticipate, identify and manage risks and to develop evidenced-based appropriate solutions.


  • Experience with video production, graphic design or other multimedia.
  • Experience or interest in communicating with traditional landowners.
  • An Australian “C” Class driver’s licence (or equivalent).

CSIRO is an Equal Opportunity employer working hard to recruit world-class talent that represents the diversity across our society. As part of our commitment to equitable employment outcomes for under-represented groups, preference will be given to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who meet the role criteria. CSIRO conscious inclusion practices are intended to constitute a special/equal opportunity/affirmative measure under section 8(1) of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth).

For full details about this role please review the Position Description


Applications for this position are open to Australian/New Zealand Citizens and Australian Permanent Residents. Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. 

CSIRO and the SKA Observatory value and respect difference, and we are committed to building an inclusive culture by creating an environment where you can balance a successful career with your commitments and interests outside of work. We believe that you will do your best at work if you have a work / life balance. We are open to discussing flexible working opportunities with this role being offered on a full-time, part-time or job share basis. Please raise your preference in your application.

Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit people representing the diversity across our society, and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. 


At CSIRO Australia's national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. We put the safety and wellbeing of our people above all else and earn trust everywhere because we only deal in facts. We collaborate widely and generously and deliver solutions with real impact. 

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How to Apply

To apply for this role, please apply on-line providing your CV, and a Cover Letter clearly addressing the essential criteria of this role as well as your motivation for applying. Under CSIRO policy, only those who are able to demonstrate how they can meet the essential criteria may be appointed.

Applications Close

19 March 2023, 11:59pm AWST

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