Mechanical Engineer

Date: 1 Jul 2024

Location: Sydney, NSW, AU

Company: CSIRO

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The opportunity

CSIRO Space and Astronomy operate a number of world-class radio astronomy observatories that are collectively known as the Australia Telescope National Facility or the ATNF. We are one of the world’s leading astronomical facilities and Australia’s premier radio astronomy research organisation.


As the Mechanical Engineer, you will be a member of the Antenna and Receiver Technologies group within CSIRO’s Space and Astronomy business unit.  

This role involves Finite Element Analysis (FEA); thermal modelling; mechanical design and the production of engineering reports and engineering drawings for instrumentation for use in radio astronomy and space science.  In this role, you will also be involved in providing mechanical engineering support to the telescope sites, including receiver installation and maintenance.


At CSIRO we value and respect differences, and we are committed to building an inclusive culture by creating an environment where you can balance a successful career with your commitments and interests outside of work. We believe that you will do your best at work if you have a work / life balance. We are open to discussing flexible working opportunities with this role being offered on a full-time or part-time basis. Please raise your preference in your application.


We encourage applicants at different career stages to apply, including those who may not possess every skill listed. We welcome you to apply or reach out to us and we ask that you explain how your skills and experience align with our requirements in your cover letter.

Your duties will include:

  • Undertaking mechanical design tasks including Finite Element Analysis (FEA), thermal modelling associated with the development of antennas, receiver and feed systems, radio frequency and digital systems for use in radio astronomy and/or space science applications under the guidance of a senior engineer.
  • With training producing engineering/project reports and engineering drawings to AS1100 (or equivalent) suitable for distribution to clients, suppliers and contractors.
  • Supporting the fabrication of prototype and/or proof-of-concept components or assemblies using in-house facilities.
  • Working as an integral member of a multi-disciplinary team comprising scientists, engineers and technicians.
  • Travelling to CASS observatories and other sites to assist in the maintenance, development, verification and commissioning of instrumentation.
  • Working collaboratively and honestly with internal and external colleagues, clients and partners to develop and progress a range of research projects.
  • Designing and executing small research experiments in the field of cryogenics and assist with elements of larger test programs.
  • Overseeing the activities of less experienced staff and provide guidance on experimental/ technological techniques and protocols as required.
  • Responding courteously and efficiently to client requests, maintaining clear communication regarding mutual expectations and monitoring client satisfaction. 
  • Other duties as required.


Location: Marsfield (Sydney), NSW

Salary: AU$93k - AU$105k per annum (pro-rata for part-time) plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Specified term of 3 years, full-time or part-time (minimum 0.8FTE)

Reference: 97119

To be considered you will need:


  • A bachelor’s degree in Mechanical or other relevant Engineering field.
  • Experience in the use of industry standard 3D mechanical CAD packages such as AutoCAD Inventor.
  • Experience in the use of industry standard mechanical Finite Element Analysis tools such as NASTRAN or ANSYS.
  • Demonstrated ability & willingness to contribute novel ideas and approaches in support of scientific investigations.
  • The ability to effectively manage a number of competing priorities simultaneously and carry out non-routine tasks under supervision.



  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team, and carry out tasks with guidance in support of organisational and project goals.
  • Demonstrated ability to produce high quality engineering reports and engineering drawings to AS1100 (or equivalent) suitable for manufacture by suppliers and/or contractors.
  • Demonstrated skills at a hands-on level in a trouble shooting environment.
  • An understanding of the principles behind design of cryogenic and/or refrigeration systems and the materials used in these applications.


For full details about this role please review the Position Description


Applications for this position are open to Australian/New Zealand Citizens or Australian Permanent Residents only. Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.


Please note, as part of this role, the successful applicant will be required to occasionally spend periods of up to two weeks at time working at locations away from Sydney; access and work at heights up to 100M above the ground and work in confined spaces.

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.


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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

1st of August 2024, 11:00pm AEST/AEDT