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Electronics Technician

Date: 30-Mar-2023

Location: Narrabri, NSW, AU

Company: CSIRO

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The Opportunity

Space and Astronomy (S&A) manages CSIRO’s world-class facilities for radio astronomy and spacecraft tracking. We are internationally renowned for our radio astronomy research and engineering expertise, and closely engaged with construction of the SKA, a €2 billion international project in radio astronomy sited jointly in Western Australia and South Africa. 

CSIRO’s radio astronomy observatories are collectively known as the Australia Telescope National Facility (ATNF) and comprise radio telescopes at three observatories in NSW near the towns of Parkes, Narrabri and Coonabarabran. A fourth telescope, the next-generation Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP), is operated at the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory (MRO) in Western Australia.

The Paul Wild Observatory near Narrabri is the location of the Australia Telescope Compact Array (ATCA), an array comprising six 22-metre high-performance dish antennas with receiver systems spanning 1.1GHz to 105GHz. In 2023 we will commence a major upgrade of the telescope’s entire data processing system, in a multi-million dollar project called BIGCAT. The Observatory will also host the first of a series of low-frequency (50-350MHz) clusters as part of a future long-baseline array to operate with SKA. The observatory site is located 25 km from the township of Narrabri. Transport between Narrabri and the Observatory site is provided.

We are seeking an Electronics Technician be part of the support team for the ATCA Observatory Operations and, together with ATNF staff at other sites, to support delivery of major new instrumentation projects including BIGCAT.  You will work under broad supervision and guidance to provide technical support of complex digital, analogue and radio frequency systems including low-noise receivers, digital signal processing, control and monitoring, and timing systems. The role includes participating in planning for critical systems maintenance activities, fault finding and testing, and participating in the planning and deployment of new state-of-the-art instrumentation. 

You will be part of a small multi-disciplinary engineering team located on the Narrabri site but working at times within the broader ATNF technical team including at our Marsfield Headquarters to maintain operations and support new projects such as BIGCAT.
This is an opportunity to combine the advantages of a rural lifestyle with a role that presents unique challenges at a world-class science and technology research facility. 

Your duties will include:

  • Work within a multi-disciplinary team to monitor system performance and maintain the Observatory electronics systems, to ensure the highest levels of availability required for the National Facility.
  • Apply your knowledge and experience, working under limited direction, to undertake fault diagnosis and corrective maintenance on a diverse range of specialised analogue and digital electronic equipment, sharing your knowledge and skills with other staff. 
  • Undertake repairs to electronic equipment and modules down to component level.
  • Proactively identify potential spares issues or failure modes and work with external suppliers or staff at other ATNF sites to determine suitable replacement parts or alternative solutions. 
  • Actively participate in planning and design of new instrumentation projects for the Observatory, working closely with colleagues at other ATNF sites and within CSIRO.  
  • Travel occasionally to other ATNF sites, as required, to assist with installation and maintenance of electronics systems and to participate in project planning.  
  • Participate in the Observatory on-call roster to attend to after-hours breakdowns, and work flexible hours as required. 
  • Actively contribute to written and online documentation associated with equipment repair and maintenance, including management of system drawings and schematics, and configuration management.
  • Communicate openly, effectively and respectfully with all staff, contractors and visitors in the interests of good business practice, collaboration and enhancement of CSIRO’s reputation.


Location: Narrabri, NSW

Salary: AU$89,680 - AU$101,459 plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Indefinite 

Reference: 91879

To be considered you will need:



  • A current Class ‘C’ Australian driver’s licence (or equivalent)


Under CSIRO policy only those who meet all essential criteria can be appointed.

  • A relevant Electronics Certificate, Associate Diploma or equivalent in Electrical/Electronic/RF Engineering with at least 3 years relevant experience. 
  • Demonstrated experience in diagnosing complex electronics systems and aptitude for advancing system knowledge.
  • Proven ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary, regionally dispersed team, and to carry out tasks autonomously.
  • Demonstrated experience with soldering, rework of PCBs and electronic modules as well as mechanical assembly
  • Willingness to travel to other CSIRO sites for training and professional development or to assist with the repairs, installation or maintenance of equipment. 
  • The ability and willingness to work and access heights up to 30m above the ground. 
  • Demonstrated commitment to safe work practices, environmental sustainability and the principles of equity and diversity.
  • A current Class ‘C’ Australian driver’s licence (or equivalent).  



  • An understanding of RF systems and a mechanical aptitude.
  • Experience with computer aided drafting (CAD). 
  • Experience with data cabling including working with optic fibre installation and splicing. 


For full details about this role please review the Position Description


  • Australian and New Zealand Citizens and Australian Permanent Residents.
  • Appointment to this role may be subject to conditions including provision of a national police check as well as other security/medical/character clearance requirements.
  • You will be required to participate in the Observatory on-call roster to attend to after-hours breakdowns, and to work flexible hours as required. 

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 on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications Close

12 April 2023, 11:00pm AEST/AEDT