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Senior Research Engineer - Electronics

Date: 01-Sep-2021

Location: Sydney, NSW, AU

Company: CSIRO

The Opportunity


  • ​​​​​​Use your expertise in analogue electronics
  • Develop electronic modules of research prototype systems
  • Work with a ground-breaking team developing quantum sensing technologies

​​​​​​​CSIRO’s Manufacturing Business Unit combines multi-disciplinary scientific and engineering capability and uses world-class infrastructure to partner with industry in the development of innovative products and processes that allow Australian manufacturers to be globally competitive and environmentally sustainable. 

CSIRO’s Applied Physics Group is a diverse team of scientists, engineers and research staff which develops devices and engineered systems for the benefit industrial partners including in aerospace, space, defence, renewable energy, telecommunications, minerals and mining, and transportation. In particular, quantum devices is an area for significant expansion and we are seeking to fill a number of exciting new roles across the group.

As the Senior Research Engineer – Electronics, you will join the Electromechanical Development team. This is a ground-breaking team developing quantum sensing technologies for use in a variety of cutting-edge applications. Using your analogue electronics experience and familiarity with inter-chip communication protocols, you will contribute to device development which is essential to complete key project deliverables.

This role is offered on a full-time, part-time (minimum 0.8 FTE) or job share basis (if circumstances permit).

Your duties will include:

  • Designing, constructing, programming and documenting electronic control and support systems for the various CSIRO projects.
  • Developing electronic modules of research prototype systems including:
    • Testing and validation.
    • Mechanical design.
    • Electronic circuit design/layout.
    • Construction and testing.
    • Programming.
  • Communicating research results to clients and the scientific community through oral and written reports.


Location: Sydney (Lindfield) NSW

Salary: AU$115k – AU$135k (pro-rata for part-time) plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Specified term of 3 years 

Reference: 77241

To be considered you will need:

  • A PhD or an equivalent combination of qualifications and research experience in a relevant field such as electronics engineering.
  • Significant experience with analogue electronics.
  • To be familiar with inter-chip communication protocols (e.g. I2C, SPI, etc.) and have an understanding of data logging and graphical data reporting.
  • Be able to use schematic capture and PC board layout software (Altium Designer preferred).
  • Experience and proficiency in programming, data manipulation, and data visualization using languages such as Python or MATLAB, ANSI-C and C++.
  • Excellent communication skills with a strong client focus, and a history of successful relations across a range of stakeholder groups.
  • The ability to work effectively both individually and as a member of a high-functioning technical team with members from diverse backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated ability to identify original, creative and innovative solutions by generating and pursuing novel ideas to problems.


For full details about this role please review the Position Description


To be eligible for this position, must be an Australian citizen and will be required to obtain and maintain a security clearance at Negative Vetting Level 2

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. 

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

28 September 2021, 11:00 pm AEST