Data Engineer for Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network
University of Queensland Office of Deputy Vice-Chancellor

Data Engineer

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Area:Office of Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Res and Innov)
Salary (FTE):Research Professional Level 07 ($87,022.69 - $94,885.99)
Work type:Full Time - Fixed Term
Location: St Lucia

Data Engineer - Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN)

TERN is an Australian Government research infrastructure initiative to enhance Australia’s environmental research effort, particularly around changes over space and time in biodiversity, land cover and carbon and water.  TERN coordinates a nationally distributed set of instrumentation, data and information services, which collectively contribute to meeting the needs of long-term terrestrial ecosystem researchers and other users.  The research infrastructure also contributes to Australia’s role in international programs in areas such as global flux observing and global ecosystem monitoring.  TERN was established in 2009 with the award of a National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) grant from the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE). Through a number of extensions and renewals of its grant and co-contributions from state governments, TERN’s project funding is currently in place until June 2022, with some post-project reporting requirements for the University of Queensland (UQ) in Brisbane extending into 2023.

The TERN infrastructure investments are distributed widely under contracts to other universities and CSIRO and are coordinated and managed nationally by the TERN Project Office, located at UQ. The latter is deemed the Lead Agent under the funding agreement and at UQ, TERN is administered within the Office of the Pro Vice Chancellor, Research Infrastructure (PVC-RI). A key strategic objective is to sustain TERN into the longer term for the purpose of maintaining and growing Australia’s only systematically collected long-term national data streams from terrestrial ecosystems.

Information about TERN may be accessed at

About This Opportunity

The successful appointee will have a hands-on role facilitating the transformation, publication, extraction and distribution of ecosystem science data collected and collated by TERN. As a critical member of the TERN Data Services & Analytics platform team, the successful applicant will design, build and automate the on-boarding of a wide range of terrestrial ecosystem data that can be exposed to researchers and policy makers.

This position is located at our picturesque St Lucia campus, renowned as one of Australia’s most attractive university campuses, and located just 7km from Brisbane’s city centre. Bounded by the Brisbane River on three sides, and with outstanding public transport connections, our 114-hectare site provides a perfect work environment – you can enjoy the best of both worlds: a vibrant campus with the tradition of an established university.

Our Ideal Candidate

Applicants should possess qualifications in a relevant IT discipline. You should also have experience in software development languages, relational and spatial databases, the ability to develop, debug and deploy open source software, a good understanding of data governance and data management strategies and strong communication and organisational skills.

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 website ( for further information and points of contact if you require additional support. 

This role is a full-time position; however flexible working arrangements may be negotiated. Some travel may be required.

Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to

What We Can Offer

This is a Full Time, Fixed Term position until 30 June 2022 at HEW level 7 the full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $88,763 - $96,783 plus super of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be in the range $103,852 - $113,236.

You will be able to take advantage of UQ Sport Facilities, recreation leave loading (of 17.5%), salary sacrificing options, on-campus childcare, discounted private health insurance, affordable parking, development programs and many other benefits.

For further information, please review The University of Queensland's Enterprise Bargaining Agreement 2018-2021.

Position Description

Download File 512585_Data Engineer_PD.pdf


To discuss this role please contact Dr Siddeswara Guru on +61 7 3346 3125 or

Want to Apply?

To submit an application for this role, use the Apply button below. All applicants must supply the following documents:

Cover letter, Resume and responses to the Selection Criteria found in the PD.

For information on completing the application process click here.

You must have valid Australian work rights to apply for this role.  Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

Advertised: 22 Dec 2020

Applications close: 26 Jan 2021 (11:00 PM) E. Australia Standard Time

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