Senior Data Solutions Specialist

at University of Melbourne

About Chief Operating Operator Portfolio

The Chief Operating Officer (COO) Portfolio is responsible for the University's budget and financial performance, and the management of its property and capital. It also delivers efficient and effective shared services in support of all aspects of the University's business.

About the role

The Senior Data Solutions Specialist contributes to the operational support of the University's suite of research data management solutions. As the demand on these solutions grows, there will be opportunity to creatively improve, automate and scale-up operational processes. The incumbent will also contribute to the development of the current set of data solutions supported by the Data Solutions team. Within this, there will be a focus on data that are generated by the pool of research instruments (e.g. imaging scanners, microscopes, gene sequencers) that exist across the University. This provides an exciting opportunity to be involved in developing cutting-edge solutions for managing both big and complex data. Other activities in this component may also involve addressing challenges relating to the integration with University's other computing services such as the Melbourne Research Cloud and high-performance computing (HPC) system.

About you

  • The appointee will have a degree in Computer Science or equivalent qualifications / experience or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and education/training

  • Demonstrable software development skills (preferably including an object-oriented language)

  • Demonstrated experience in supporting and monitoring software systems in an operational setting

  • Good understanding of basic data management, security principles and best practices within a research setting

  • Demonstrated experience and ability to work closely with researchers and understand their research processes and translate these into research-enhancing software solutions

  • Proven ability to thrive in a changing and fast paced environment


  • Maximise your benefits through our Salary Packaging scheme

  • Flexible family friendly policies, providing generous leave and working conditions

  • The opportunity to work in a culturally rich environment

  • A substantial discount to eligible staff and their immediate families in undertaking further studies at the University of Melbourne

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How to apply

Your application submitted should include a CV along with your responses against the selection criteria found in the Position Description for the role.

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