First listed on: 30 August 2019

ASKAP Electronics Engineer 

  • Contribute to the operation of ASKAP as a world class scientific instrument.
  • Support state-of-the-art digital and radio frequency electronic systems.
  • Join CSIRO – Australia’s premier science & technology research organisation

The Position
CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science have a requirement for a  highly motivated and appropriately skilled Professional Engineer to lead a team of three technical staff. The primary purpose will be to provide support for the radio frequency and digital electronic systems which form part of the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) radio telescope. This position requires both technical leadership and an ability to diagnose complex electronic systems. The teams efforts will ensure a high level of reliability of ASKAP and other operational systems at the MRO and MSF support facility. You will support state-of-the-art digital and radio frequency electronic systems.

As the Engineer, you will contribute to the operation of ASKAP as a world class scientific instrument, and the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory (MRO) as a world class facility to host other Radio-astronomy instruments. The ASKAP instrument comprises modern Phased Array Feeds and Digital hardware to beam form and correlate received Radio Frequency wavefronts from astronomical sources.  This is an opportunity to be part of a dedicated team supporting an exciting new project with unique and interesting technical challenges combined with the benefits of living in a vibrant regional community.

Your duties will include
  • Provide professional engineering support for ASKAP electronic systems both radio frequency and digital processing hardware. 
  • Support the full range of MRO electronic systems.
  • Under the guidance of the Site Leader MSF/MRO, supervise a small technical team performing engineering commissioning and maintenance work on the electronic systems that comprise and support the ASKAP Telescope. This will include:
    • Technical leadership of the team, 
    • Identifying critical issues, 
    • Contributing to the resolution of routine and complex telescope operational problems,
    • Scheduling, budgeting and planning maintenance activities for electronic systems on the ASKAP array at the MRO and support systems at the MSF.
  • Ensure the availability of ASKAP electronic spares and consumables to minimise telescope downtime and other operational disruptions.

Location:    Geraldton, Western Australia
Salary:         AU$98k - AU$106k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:        Indefinite
Reference:  62879

To be successful you will need

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

  • An Engineers Australia-accredited four year electronic/electrical engineering qualification and work experience at the level of Professional Engineer.
  • A current driver’s license and willingness to travel to other CASS sites.
  • Ability and willingness to work at heights.
  • Demonstrated understanding and practical skills in analogue and digital electronics systems relevant to radio astronomical operations, with a specialisation in either low noise Radio Frequency electronics, or high speed digital processing electronics including both hardware and firmware for systems built around Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) technology. 
  • Self-motivated, with demonstrated ability to apply professional engineering judgement in the course of commissioning, maintaining and/or designing & upgrading of electronics systems, from systems down to first-principles ‘hands-on’ board level;
  • Ability and willingness to lead a small technical team consisting of staff with various backgrounds and skill levels; 
  • Demonstrated ability to identify the source of system deficiencies and applying innovative solutions to technical, logistics and team challenges whilst working in a remote area for extended periods;

The successful applicant may be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent.

For more information please view the Position Description.

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Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexible 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


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