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Research Services Division

Photo of a staff member working on a model of the JSF aircraft in the Transonic Wind Tunnel.
A model of the Joint Strike Fighter in the Transonic Wind Tunnel. The model was built by our Research Engineering team.

Research Services Division delivers specialist capabilities to enable Science and Technology (S&T) research across the Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG).

Capabilities

Research Services Division (RSD) delivers specialist capabilities to Defence Innovation Science and Technology (IS&T). RSD comprises a professional workforce of engineers, technicians, computational scientists and other staff who provide a wide range of highly specialised and unique research capability and innovative solutions delivering advanced research platforms for defence, national security and the wider defence IS&T ecosystem. RSD capabilities accelerate and protect Defence’s science and technology advances and promote a collaborative, compliant, safe and healthy workplace. RSD’s work areas include:

  • Emerging digital science capabilities, including computational and data-intensive science, research data and information and laboratory and experimental systems
  • Scientific computing including the development and acquisition of a world-class secure High Performance Computing (HPC) capability for advance modelling and simulation
  • Nationally recognised, unique and novel research engineering capabilities
  • Development and implementation of the Outstanding Research Infrastructure Powering Innovation pillar, a major component of the More Together: Defence Science and Technology Strategy 2030
  • Defence innovation, science and technology compliance, assurance and sovereignty through complex research safety, research security and scientific resource management.

RSD also provides specialised research enabling capabilities to other groups and services within Defence, the Australian Intelligence community, our allies and/or our partners in industry and academia.

Digital Science

The Digital Science (DS) branch enables and accelerates Defence science and technology research through leadership in and facilitates access to secure digital science capabilities, eResearch techniques and scientific computing infrastructure. This includes the development and delivery of the digital aspects within the Defence Science and Technology Strategy 2030 Pillar – Outstanding Research Infrastructure Powering Innovation.

Scientific Computing (SC)

The Scientific Computing (SC) branch enables and accelerates Defence science and technology research and protects assets in DSTG’s digital research environments. SC does this by provisioning and supporting scientific computing infrastructure that is well-managed, sustainable and scalable; continuing to invest in innovative centralised digital research infrastructure and services, while divesting commodity distributed ICT infrastructure and services; and developing new Scientific Computing practises and technologies.

Research Engineering (RE)

Research Engineering (RE) branch provides integrated, multi-disciplined, leading-edge, rapid response and innovative scientific engineering capability to the Defence S&T program. RE is dedicated to collaborating closely with DSTG researchers while providing valuable support to Defence and National Security operations and provides capabilities across six functional areas: Electronic and Software Engineering; Electronic Fabrication; Micro and Nano Engineering; Mechanical Fabrication; Mechanical Engineering; and Scientific Applied Imaging.

Research Operations (RO)

Research Operations (RO) comprises the Research Safety, Research Security and Research Resources, Infrastructure and Operations directorates. RO branch staff work closely with research divisions to provide access to, and utilisation of, highly capable, safe and secure research infrastructure including the development and delivery of the physical aspects associated with the Defence Science and Technology Strategy 2030 – Outstanding Research Infrastructure Powering Innovation.

Key information

Chief Research Services

Mark Bazzacco

Locations:

  • DST Group Canberra (Headquarters)
  • DST Group Melbourne
  • DST Group Edinburgh

Key projects:

  • High Performance Computing (HPC)
  • Science Research Computing Environment (SRCE)
  • DST Infrastructure Strategy