Program Leader Research Engineering

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Disciplines: Aerospace Engineering, Automotive Engineering, Building Services Engineering

Remuneration: $$170,427 - $186,456 (plus super) per annum

Location: Edinburgh

Type: Full Time

Posted: 16/01/2020


Executive Level 2 (S&T Level 8)

$170,427 - $186,456 (plus super)

Edinburgh, SA


Program Leader - Research Engineering

  • Lead a unique and nationally recognised research engineering capability underpinning the Defence S&T strategy and research programs
  • Establish strong and collaborative relationships with national and international partners, industry, academia and the Australian Defence Force
  • Attractive salary package with 15.4% employer superannuation contributions ($196,672 – $215,170 including super)


About the Branch

Research Engineering (RE) provide professional and advanced engineering manufacturing to DST Group which enables the delivery of products, prototypes and models for research, development and experimentation. RE fuses talented professional engineering and technical staff with world’s best design software and cutting edge fabrication capabilities. Through design, fabrication and prototyping, RE facilitates the transition of applied research to industry for production of military capability.

The Role

The Program Leader – Research Engineering plays a critical role to drive a broad range of highly specialised and unique engineering and fabrication capabilities by providing the thought leadership, vision, guidance, direction and collaboration necessary to ensure that the RE capability can be most effectively harnessed to deliver for DST, Defence and National Security agencies.

This position will allow you to bring your diverse experiences to this multifaceted and dynamic work environment to:

  • Be the trusted advisor and thought leader with key defence stakeholders based on knowledge of Defence industry and client requirements.
  • Collaborate with Commonwealth Government agencies and industry too effectively and efficiently transition experimental technology to industry for commercialisation.
  • Forecast future engineering needs, initiate research and generate new knowledge to produce enhanced RE capability.

To be short-listed for this rare opportunity, you must meet the following requirements:

  • A Bachelor of Engineering from an Australian institution, or a qualification gained elsewhere, that satisfies the requirements of the Washington Accord for recognition as a Professional Engineer
  • Eligible to become a Chartered Professional Engineer, Registered on the National Engineering Register and the Board of Professional Engineers of Queensland
  • Australian citizenship
  • Have a Positive Vetting security clearance or the ability to obtain


What we offer:

DST is an inclusive employer, committed to diversity and equity in the work place.  We offer 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 please see our DST Corporate Video.

To hear DST staff talk about their careers paths and what they find so rewarding about being a Defence Scientist please see Careers in Defence science.

For further information please review the job information pack, reference DST/05382/19 on


Application Closing Date: Wednesday 12 February 2020


For further information please review the job information pack, reference DST/05382/19 on

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