First listed on: 06 January 2020

Fire Assessments Engineer 

The Opportunity
  • Immerse yourself in an inclusive culture
  • Work directly with commercial clients in the building and infrastructure sector.
  • Benefit from flexible working arrangements. 

The Position
The Fire Assessment Engineer will communicate directly with commercial clients in the building and infrastructure sector, providing independent consulting to assess the fire performance of tested building systems incorporating variations to the tested prototype, in accordance with the framework outlined in Schedule 5 Clause 2 c) of the National Construction Code (NCC).

The Fire Assessment Engineer will report to the Fire Assessment Team Leader and be responsible for the delivery of fire assessment reports and consulting services relating to the fire performance building systems. The Engineer will liaise and collaborate with fire testing and assessment staff as well as experts across CSIRO and other international laboratories with regards to fire testing requirements in support of the assessment of variations to tested systems. In this position, the Engineer will also assist the fire-resistance testing team during periods of peak demand or as requested by the Team Leader, Fire Resistance Testing.  The Engineer will work on interesting and unusual material behaviour while tackling problems in the construction industry.

Your duties will include:
  • Provide consulting services pertaining to the technical assessment of building systems under fire conditions.
  • Deliver written technical assessments on the likely performance of fire protection systems to comply with the Deemed to Satisfy provisions of the BCA and International codes.
  • Provide written performance-based assessments on the performance of fire protection systems to comply with the performance requirements of the BCA (NCC), based on referenced test standards, test data, engineering judgement and calculations.
  • Assist the Team Leader-Fire Assessments with project delivery outcomes and timeframes within budget expectations.

Location:     North Ryde, NSW
Salary:         * CSOF3 AU$63k – AU$80k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
                     * CSOF4 AU$83K - AU$94K plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:        Specified Term of 1 year
Reference:  60146

*NB: This position is offered across two levels, the appointment level will be determined by the qualifications, skills and relevant experience of the successful candidate

To be considered you will need:

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

  • A tertiary qualification in a relevant Engineering or Science field related to the performance of materials under elevated temperatures, these include Structural Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Material Science qualifications and/or relevant work experience in a similar industry.  
  • Strong communication skills and writing of detailed technical reports and assessments
  • Knowledge of the Building Code of Australia (NCC) Deemed to Satisfy provisions relating to the fire resistance of building elements and systems.
  • Knowledge of Australian and International fire testing standards, assessment guidelines and related fire design standards.
  • The ability to operate in commercial environments subjected to change and external constraints.

For an appointment at the higher (CSOF4) salary level, as well as satisfying the Essential Criteria listed above, you must also have:

  • 2+ years relevant technical consulting experience of building fire resistance.
  • Project management experience.
  • Strong communication skills and writing of detailed technical reports and assessments for commercial clients and an ability to create and foster an environment of cooperation between teams.

For details about who to contact and for full details about this role please view the Position Description. 


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

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

Diversity and Inclusion

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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 requirments of this role.

Applications Close

Monday 27th January 2020, 11:00pm AEST

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