First listed on: 07 June 2019

Technical Officer - Fire-Resistance Testing 

The Opportunity

  • Are you a recent Engineering or Science graduate looking to kickstart your career?
  • Are you keen to gain testing experience in a Structural Fire Lab?
  • Join CSIRO – Australia’s premier science & technology research organisation

The Position
The Services division in CSIRO is currently looking for a Research Technician to work as a Technical Officer - Fire-Resistance Testing to support our Structural Fire laboratory located at North Ryde. This commercially focussed laboratory provides product testing services and technical guidance and consulting to the construction, manufacturing and infrastructure sector pertaining to the commercial testing of building materials and systems in accordance with the requirements of the National Construction Code (NCC).
You will be assisting with all testing activities within the Structural Fire laboratory including project management, specimen documentation, supervision of full scale specimen construction, test instrumentation and technical reporting in accordance with the requirements of both Australian and international test standards.
You will be directly communicating with the commercial clients at all levels of the construction industry to provide structural fire testing of building systems in accordance with the framework outlined within the National Construction Code (BCA).

Additionally, you will also get an opportunity to assist with activities relating to other types of fire testing which includes including bushfire testing, tests on electrical cables and support systems as well as other ad hoc tests when required

Your duties will include

  • Assist with the conduct of sponsored fire testing at all stages from initial client contact, the determination of client requirements, supervision of specimen construction, testing, data analysis and technical reporting in accordance with Australian and International fire test standards.
  • Provide instrumentation of test specimens in accordance with the requirements of relevant Australian and International test standards as well as specimen instrumentation test documentation. Test methodologies include AS 1530.4 (including international equivalents such as ASTM E119, BS 476 and ISO 834) as well as methodologies relating to bushfire performance of external structures exposed to large radiant heat sources and direct flame contact (AS 1530.8 parts 1 and 2).
  • Supervise the safe construction of test specimens and assist with the efficient operation of the structural fire laboratory as specified in the Business Process Control Manual in accordance with NATA registration requirements.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of HSE requirements pertaining to a testing laboratory environment.

Location:      North Ryde, NSW
Salary:          AU$63,594 - AU$80,937 plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:         Specified Term of 12 months
Reference:    62102

To be successful you will need

Under CSIRO policy only those who meet all essential criteria can be appointed.
1.    Testing experience in a NATA accredited testing laboratory related to building products and systems or the successful completion of tertiary qualifications in relevant Engineering or Science fields related to the performance of materials under elevated temperatures. 
2.    Good communication skills and experience with the writing of detailed technical reports.
3.    A knowledge of the Building Code of Australia (BCA), particularly the Deemed to Satisfy provisions relating to fire resistance.
4.    Knowledge of Australian and International fire testing standards.
5.    Project management experience.
6.    Knowledge of HSE requirements pertaining to a fire testing laboratory environment.

Desirable Criteria:
•    Experience in laboratory and field investigations and/or laboratory equipment or other relevant experience relating to the fire performance of building systems.
•    Ability to communicate to all levels of the building industry and infrastructure sector as well as the ability to interpret technical fire testing and design standards.

For details about who to contact and for more information please view the Position Description 

Special Requirements:
The successful applicant must have a current Class C driver’s licence or the ability to obtain one.

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Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. Talk to us about how this role could be flexible for you. Balance


At CSIRO you can be part of helping to solve big, complex problems that make a real difference to our future. We spark off each other, learn from each other, trust each other and collaborate to achieve more than we could individually in a supportive, rewarding, inclusive and truly flexible environment. 

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Applications Close

Sunday 23 June 2019 at 11.59pm AEST

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