Group Leader – Radio Frequency Signatures

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Disciplines: Aerospace Engineering, Automotive Engineering, Building Services Engineering

Remuneration: $$142,470 - $160,330 (plus super) per annum

Location: Adelaide

Type: Full Time

Posted: 25/09/2019



  • Inspire a team of scientists, engineers and technicians to develop and apply leading technologies in radio frequency signature measurement, prediction and analysis
  • Initiate and shape research to produce solutions for future Defence problems 
  •  Build collaborations with national and international partners, academia and industry


We are seeking an enthusiastic and inclusive leader who has excellent interpersonal skills.  The successful candidate will be responsible for an S&T program in Radio Frequency Signatures, anticipating future Defence challenges, and initiating research to generate new knowledge to enhance Defence capability.  The future Group Leader will inspire their team and promote collaborative work practices. 


DST is an inclusive employer, committed to diversity and equity in the work place. DST offers an attractive salary package and flexible, family-friendly working arrangements. Our staff have access to flexible working hours with opportunities for part-time and home-based work.  Defence provides a superannuation contribution of 15.4 per cent, higher than most industries, with the opportunity for you to make additional personal contributions.


To learn more about DST see our DST Corporate Video.



The Group Leader Radio Frequency Signatures reports to the Research Leader Microwave Radar and Signatures, and under broad guidelines is responsible for the provision of effective leadership of a group of scientists, engineers and technicians who define the Radio Frequency Signatures Science & Technology Capability (STC).  They will have a national or international reputation in a specific relevant field of S&T, and considerable experience, awareness and knowledge across a range of S&T applied to Defence.


They will forecast future Defence problems, initiate research and generate new knowledge to produce enhanced Defence capability. They will be able to select the best scientific method to achieve Defence outcomes, and to review the S&T quality of reports and publications prepared by staff in the group. The Group Leader is accountable for the development and sustainment of the quality of the S&T work of the Radio Frequency Signatures group to the level agreed with the Research Leader Microwave Radar and Signatures.


The Group Leader will lead a complex area of S&T by providing the vision, guidance, direction and collaboration necessary to ensure that the capability can be most effectively harnessed to deliver agreed outputs to Defence.  They will provide effective supervision of the senior staff in the Radio Frequency Signatures group, and create a motivating and collaborative culture within the group to ensure that all the staff can make effective contributions to the output of the group.  More generally, they will be responsible for the development of people in the Radio Frequency Signatures group.


They will be able to understand client priorities and associated requirements, and transpose these into a well-planned set of S&T activities.  In collaboration with other group and branch leaders, the Group Leader will ensure that Radio Frequency Signatures group’s resources are applied to agreed priority activities and will demonstrate flexibility to adjust the work plan as circumstances change. They will manage the Radio Frequency Signatures group’s resources to achieve task milestones, and will report work outcomes to appropriate client representatives on a regular basis.


Under broad guidelines from the Research Leader, they will facilitate the creation of cross-group/branch and cross-Divisional teams, and will develop and maintain appropriate external linkages to industry, universities and overseas organisations.




  1. Provision of overall leadership and management of the Radio Frequency Signatures group that is consistent with DST strategic planning and ensures effective delivery of scientific and technology outcomes to the Department of Defence.
  2. Make a substantial personal contribution to the achievement of the Radio Frequency Signatures group research outcomes.
  3. Provide effective leadership, management and development of staff within the Radio Frequency Signatures group which assists staff to deliver high impact solutions.
  4. Development and promotion of a strong culture of scientific excellence including learning and development, matched with the setting of appropriate standards for the quality of the work.
  5. Provide leadership for all infrastructure which underpins the Radio Frequency Signatures group, including its sustainment and development to meet current and future Defence needs.
  6. Develop and maintain specific internal cross group and external collaborative relationships that are of benefit to the Radio Frequency Signatures group (international, industry or academic).
  7. Undertake one or more other significant duties as agreed by the Research Leader Microwave Radar and Signatures (e.g. lead one or more DST tasks, assist with running a technical benchmarking program or undertake the role of Project S&T Adviser).


Application Closing Date: Wednesday 23 October, 2019


For further information please review the job information pack, reference DST/03876/19 on

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