Research Officer, Software Engineering

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Disciplines: Aerospace Engineering, Automotive Engineering, Building Services Engineering

Remuneration: $65931 - 88131 Generous superannuation scheme per annum

Location: Cairns

Type: Contract

Posted: 12/10/2018


We have a full time (36.25) fixed term appointment till 30th April 2022 for a Research Officer ($65,955 - $88,131)to join our world-leading institution at James Cook University (JCU).

This position can be based at either theCairns or Townsville campusin picturesque North Queensland, where you can enjoy a tropical lifestyle whilst achieving your career goals.

What you will achieve

As a qualified, experienced software engineer you will design and develop software for the Australian sugarcane industry incorporating crop models with weather and climate forecasts. You will also extend existing crop modelling software to implement new features as well as developing innovative web-based user interfaces to visualise model predictions and communicate advice to farmers.

This role will give you the opportunity to regularly consult with end-users and take responsibility for the software architecture of the project. Working in a multidisciplinary team of researchers and with agricultural industry professionals, you will have an important team focused goal, which is to improve irrigation practices in Northern Australia.

What you can bring

We are seeking a qualified software engineer with a high level of experience in software design and development. You can bring a track record of the following; - capacity to develop good software architecture - ability to design robust and reliable software systems - ability to develop software user interfaces that meet the needs of end users. - ability to develop mathematical, statistical and/or analytical software. Experience working with agricultural or meteorological software or other modelling, statistics or data science experience would be highly however is not essential.


Consistently ranked in the top 2% of universities worldwide, JCU is one of the world’s leading institutions focusing on the tropics and offers a culturally diverse working environment with opportunities for professional and personal growth. JCU prides itself on being dedicated to teaching, learning and research that is not only of high quality, but also delivers practical benefits to the peoples and industries of the region.

We support our people through the provision of:

  • generous superannuation scheme with 17% employer contributions
  • ongoing professional and career development
  • five weeks’ annual leave with attractive options for salary packaging
  • flexibility that supports work life balance

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