Career overviews

Current vacancies

ASD operates in incredibly challenging and dynamic technical and operational environments. As such it requires staff with a rare mix of specialist skills, adaptability and imagination.

If you want to work with other smart, skilled people, consider ASD. If you consider yourself one of the best, then we are interested in you.

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Solving the mysteries of the galaxy and data

Following my PhD in astrophysics, I worked as a Research Fellow at the Australian National University for nearly a decade. I like problem-solving involving complex data and thought my ability to tackle tricky questions might be put to better use out-thinking adversaries and solving some of the toughest problems imaginable at ASD.
Eve, data scientist

Passionate workforce

Following a stint in the ADF, completion of a science degree and time spent working as a lab chemist, I returned to university to study English literature. When asking a careers counsellor what an ex-Navy, ex-laboratory chemist with a newly-minted arts degree should be doing, she pointed to a (then) DSD advertisement which depicted a giant chess board entitled "Graduates: What is your next move?" I was lukewarm about the DSD/ASD plan until I came to Canberra and met the people who work here and witnessed the complete passion with which they spoke about their jobs. I was hooked. I had never met so many clever, articulate and passionate people in one workplace - and I wanted in.
Amanda, policy adviser

A vital mission

I am originally from Brisbane, and never imagined that I would voluntarily live and work somewhere with a cold winter. I used to be a microbiologist and worked on a number of research projects for the Queensland Government and as a technical microbiologist in a food quality lab. I was interviewed for the ASD Graduate Program in Canberra in the winter, and although the work looked amazing, the cold was definitely a surprise. It was a big change, and I already had a good job, so I wasn't sure I would accept an offer. I did receive an offer in the mail – on September 11, 2001. It made the decision to come and work here very easy.
In the subsequent years, I've not been disappointed. I've worked in a number of roles in the organisation, and each job has been meaningful and genuinely made a difference to Australia's national security.
Joanna, intelligence analyst

Analyst careers

Do you have strong critical thinking and research skills, and the ability to present and reason your analysis in diverse forums?

At ASD you will enjoy working in multidisciplinary teams and receive training in using our specialised systems. You may have opportunities to travel domestically and internationally, and will be encouraged to develop and redevelop your skills to keep pace with evolving priorities. We are committed to the growth of our most important resource – our staff.

Analysts work on a broad range of tasks:

  • analysing foreign signals
  • analysing communications systems
  • interpreting foreign language material
  • solving cryptological problems
  • connecting intelligence from multiple sources
  • developing better analytical techniques.

Are you someone with strong critical thinking and research skills, and the ability to present and argue their analysis in diverse forums? You might have a background in:

  • arts or science disciplines with a strong analytical or research focus
  • maths, statistics or physics graduates
  • foreign affairs.

Your work will directly affect Australian Defence Force operations and Australian Government policy.

Corporate careers

Can you communicate clearly, work with diverse teams and manage projects in a broad range of corporate and business areas?

ASD is looking for people to undertake a broad range of work in our corporate and business areas in support of ASD’s mission. We are looking for people with the communication skills and business and project acumen to drive complex projects to achieve the best results.

Cyber specialist careers

Can you help meet the challenge to defend Australian networks from sophisticated cyber threats? Can you develop diverse offensive cyber capabilities to deter and respond to cyber attacks against Australia?

Cyber specialists at ASD collect and analyse foreign signals intelligence, and provide advice and assistance on cyber and information security. We help defend Australian networks from sophisticated cyber threats, and develop offensive cyber capabilities to deter and respond to cyber attacks against Australia.

You will receive training in using our specialised systems and enjoy working in multidisciplinary teams. You may have opportunities to travel domestically and internationally. You will be encouraged to develop and redevelop your skills to keep pace with evolving priorities. We are committed to the growth of our most important resource – our staff.

You may have expertise in:

  • software design, development or support
  • network and system engineering
  • conducting, supporting and managing defensive and offensive cyber operations
  • computer and information security
  • cyber security vulnerability research
  • cyber security assessments
  • cyber security incident response
  • malware analysis and penetration testing.

Your work will directly support the Australian Defence Force and Australian Government.

Foreign language analyst careers

Do you have skills in languages other than English and an interest in working with others on challenging problems that really make a difference?

The ability to understand languages other than English (LOTE) is core to the motto of ASD, Reveal their secrets. Protect our own. Foreign language analysts in ASD directly support Australian Defence Force operations, counter-terrorism efforts, the security of Australian government networks and the decision-making of our intelligence assessment and policy customers.

We are looking for people who have skills in the languages of the Asia-Pacific, Middle Eastern or North African regions and wish to use those skills as a member of a committed team solving difficult problems. You may be a native or heritage speaker or you may have gained your skills through formal studies. Formal language qualifications are not essential, but you will need to demonstrate your ability to translate and interpret from the LOTE into English.

A role as a foreign language analyst involves much more than translating or interpreting; we are looking to develop you into an analyst who can make sound judgements about the material you are dealing with, conduct follow-up research, synthesise material from different sources, add value and provide context. You may combine your LOTE skills with other areas of expertise to enrich your work. You may be working with a broad range of LOTE materials, from complex and technical to highly informal.

Of course we don't expect you to do all of that from Day 1. You will receive training on the what, why and how of your role, as well as more technical training on a range of specialised IT systems and tools. You will be given opportunities to extend your language skills and may have opportunities to learn other languages. You will also have the opportunity to grow and develop throughout your career, including opportunities to develop your skills in other areas you could not imagine.

Psychology careers

Can you perform complex psychological assessments and identify, anticipate and respond to people's needs?

ASD is looking for people to perform complex and rewarding psychology work for our most important asset – our people. We want people who can identify, anticipate and respond to people's needs and also contribute towards ongoing self-improvement and professional development.

Technical careers

Can you develop a broad range of hardware and software, and build and maintain everything from simple electronics to high-end supercomputers?

ASD has a high demand for technical specialists to keep our unique systems on the leading edge.

Technology supports all our work and we need a broad range of hardware and software specialists to develop, build and maintain everything from simple electronics to high-end supercomputers and from scripts to systems.

You will receive training in using our specialised systems and often have a role in developing those systems into the future. You will enjoy working in multidisciplinary teams. You may have opportunities to travel. You will be encouraged to develop and redevelop your skills to keep pace with evolving priorities. We are committed to the growth of our most important resource – our staff.

You may have expertise in:

  • software design, development or support
  • system engineering
  • digital programmable logic
  • computer and information security
  • database design and administration
  • network or system administration
  • project management.

Your work will directly support the Australian Defence Force and Australian Government.