First listed on: 25 December 2021

Quantum Research Scientist


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The Opportunity

  • Diverse project portfolio from quantum technology to sensor chip production
  • Collaborate with Australia’s leading scientists and government agencies
  • Join CSIRO – Australia’s Premier Science Agency – and grow your research career

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 that develop devices and engineered systems for the benefit of industrial partners in aerospace, space, defence, renewable energy, telecommunications, minerals and mining, and transportation. Quantum devices, in particular, is an area for significant expansion and we are seeking to fill a number of exciting new roles across the group.

As a Quantum Research Scientist, you will join our ‘Quantum Devices & Manufacturing’ team, that uses CSIRO’s world-leading scientific capability in High Temperature Superconducting (HTS) electronic devices, circuits, and sensors to develop advanced magnetometry. You will be responsible for the design, construction, programming and documentation of electronic controls and support systems for a range of CSIRO’s industry-revolutionising projects. A key focus of your role will be utilising your expertise to develop superconducting devices towards field testing and commercialisation.

Your duties will include:

  • Assisting in the planning and preparation of research proposals and carrying out research investigations, requiring originality, creativity, and innovation.
  • Undertaking electrical and magnetic characterisation measurements of experimental devices, including quantum electronics.
  • Collating, analysing, and interpreting measurements using statistical analysis, as well as developing data fitting procedures to analyse array data where needed.           
  • Contributing to the improvement and development of measurement capability including system design and implementation.
  • Understanding and utilising theoretical models to help inform HTS junction-based sensors.
  • Performing radio frequency measurements, and cryogenic electrical transport measurements of superconducting devices.
  • Incorporating novel approaches to scientific investigations by adapting and/or developing original concepts and ideas for new, existing, and further research.
  • Presenting results in a meaningful format, preparing reports for clients and/or writing scientific papers for publication. 

Location: Lindfield (Sydney), NSW
Salary: AU$117K to AU$138K + upto 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified Term of 3 years
Reference: 80421

To be considered you will need:

  • A PhD (or an equivalent combination of qualifications and research experience) in a relevant field such as physics or engineering.
  • A sound knowledge of theoretical physics preferably superconductivity and/or condensed matter physics.
  • Proven experience in undertaking laboratory measurements using electrical characterisation equipment and knowledge of the experimental considerations of electromagnetic measurements.
  • Demonstrated programming skills for control electronics and/or data analysis, in C++, Matlab, Python or similar.
  • Capability in planning, organising, and manipulating experimental data including statistical and fitting techniques.
  • Ability to undertake original, creative, and innovative research by generating and pursuing novel ideas and solutions to scientific research problems.
  • A demonstrated publication history of authorship on scientific papers in peer reviewed journals and/or reports, grant applications or inventorship on patent applications.

For full details about this role please review the Position Description.


To be eligible to apply for this role, you must be an Australian Citizen. 

The successful candidate will be required to obtain and maintain a security clearance at the Negative Vetting Level 2 (NV2). They may also be subject to other security/medical/character check requirements.

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

6 February 2022, 11:00pm AEDT

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