Marine Autonomy Engineer

Date: 2 Apr 2024

Location: Hobart, TAS, AU

Company: CSIRO

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The opportunity


  • ​​​​​​Work with a multidisciplinary team developing autonomous systems for marine observations
  • Bring your skills into a varied role solving real-world engineering problems
  • Grow your research career with CSIRO – Australia’s National Science Agency!


CSIRO’s Autonomous Sensors Future Science Platform (AS FSP) focuses on accelerating the generation of new tools to grow the digital decision making within domains, combining fundamental sensor research with autonomous engineering solutions to provide new advanced sensing and platform technologies for the environmental monitoring, health monitoring, mining, agriculture, and manufacturing domains. Supported by this AS FSP and CSIRO National Collections and Marine Infrastructure (NCMI) business unit, this multi-faceted role has a particular focus on autonomous systems for marine observations.


As a Marine Autonomy Engineer, you will play a critical role in the next phrase of the marine autonomy research projects, particularly with the implementation of robotic control in field testing. You will bring your expertise to develop electromechanical payloads to integrate fit for purpose sensors onto autonomous platforms in the marine environment, as well as observing and evaluating performance in the field. Working within the Engineering & Technology (E&T) program, and as part of a talented multidisciplinary team, you will be developing and testing models that will meet real world science objectives, allowing CSIRO to remain at the forefront of effective and efficient surveying, exploration, management, and intervention of the marine environment, which are all important for understanding and preventing threats posed to Australia’s ecology and biodiversity.


If you are a motivated Marine Autonomy Engineer, with an interest & experience in autonomous engineering solutions, and gets motivated by contributing to make a real impact with your work, we would love to hear from you! CSIRO champions in providing a diverse and inclusive culture, supports flexible work arrangements, and offers you excellent professional development opportunities to grow your skills & career.

Your duties will include:

  • Assisting in the development of adaptive vehicle guidance algorithms to enable higher heuristic mission planning for single and multi-fleet autonomous platforms. (This may include dynamic path planning based on sensor or model inputs, in-situ path plan optimisation and control via model inputs).
  • Understanding and managing complex systems, such that suitable system requirements, design, integration, testing and validation can take place on novel scientific sensors for marine observations.
  • Integrating various sensors into a vehicle platform(s) for navigation and environmental monitoring, both underwater and surface domains.
  • Developing (or assisting in the development of) suitable testbeds for evaluating solutions; both software and hardware based.
  • Showing initiative to seek new approaches to meet experimental or technological needs when encountering new problems where methods are not defined.
  • Participating in planning projects and accepting responsibility for scheduling and completion of major parts of the project, including evaluation of options, experimental design, data collection and analysis, user and customer research, user experience and/or software design, implementation, and delivery.


Location: Hobart, TAS

Salary: AU$93K – AU$105K pa + up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Specified Term of 3 years

Reference: 96170

To be considered you will need:

  • Minimum qualification of a Master’s degree in a field such as mechatronics, robotics, computer science or software engineering, and/or have equivalent demonstrated experience in a related field.
  • High level written and oral communication skills with the ability to represent the research team effectively internally and externally, including the presentation of research outcomes at national and international conferences.
  • Experience in programming languages like Python, C/C++ for developing control algorithms and system integration.
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary, potentially regionally dispersed research team, plus the motivation and discipline to carry out autonomous research.


For full details about this role please review the Position Description.


Applications for this position are open to all candidates – Australian/New Zealand Citizens, Australian Permanent Residents, or candidates who either hold, or be able to obtain, a valid working visa for the duration of the specified term (visa sponsorship and relocation assistance may be provided to the successful candidate if required).

Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.

Flexible working arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. 

Diversity and inclusion

We are working hard to recruit people representing the diversity across our society, and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. 


At CSIRO Australia's national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. We put the safety and wellbeing of our people above all else and earn trust everywhere because we only deal in facts. We collaborate widely and generously and deliver solutions with real impact. 


CSIRO is committed to values-based leadership to inspire performance and unlock the potential of our people.


Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

How to apply

Please apply online, and provide a detailed cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role. Please note that we strongly encourage you to respond to each of the selection criteria in detail, and attach it to your cover letter as one document.

Applications close

5 May 2024, 11:00pm AEST