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Seagoing Instrumentation Engineer/technician

The Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation - Hobart, TAS

Government, Defence & Emergency
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  • Work aboard the RV Investigator and travel in Antarctic waters, around Australia and internationally
  • Use your mechanical aptitude in modern, high-tech environments
  • Join our team and contribute to world-class scientific blue-water research
As the Seagoing Instrumentation Engineer/Technician with the CSIRO Marine National Facility, you will spend periods of each year supporting voyages at sea aboard the research vessel, RV Investigator. You will primarily be focussed on contributing to successful research voyages and delivering scientific outcomes for the Marine National Facility and its clients. You will draw on your mechanical aptitude and strong problem-solving skills to independently operate and maintain scientific equipment on the research vessel and ashore. On occasion (as needed) you may be required to act as Voyage Manager.

In this role you will:
  • Participate in research voyages on the RV Investigator and contribute to the achievement of research objectives.
  • Contribute to the smooth and orderly running of electronics and instrumentation support on the vessel.
  • Liaise with clients to determine their needs and take personal responsibility for their satisfaction.
  • Service, repair and calibrate electronic equipment and instrumentation.
  • Develop, procure and configure new electronic and instrumentation systems, and install, integrate and commission new systems on board
  • Communicate effectively and work collaboratively with colleagues, clients, ship’s crew and suppliers.
Location: Hobart, Tasmania
Salary: AU$98k - AU$106k per annum, plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Indefinite, full-time
Residency: Australian Citizens Only
Reference: 72223

To be considered you will hold a degree in Engineering (with a focus on electronics, communications, or sensing), or have a Trade Certificate or Diploma in Electronics (or similar). You will also have:
  • Experience working with complex data acquisition equipment, ideally in remote locations with limited support.
  • The ability to manage complex system upgrades.
  • A history of successful fault-finding and problem-solving of routine or unusual faults and an understanding of electronic analog and digital circuitry, interfaces and sensors.
  • An efficient approach to organisation and prioritisation of concurrent tasks to meet deadlines.
  • The ability to undertake fabrication, repairs and maintenance using hand tools and/or machinery.
  • A history of fluent, courteous and respectful communication and the ability to understand and comply with organisational expectations and procedures.
To see all the criteria required for success in this role, click on the ‘Position Details’ link below.


The successful applicant:
  • Will be asked to obtain and provide evidence of a National Police Clearance or equivalent.
  • Will be required to pass a stringent Remote Area Seagoing Medical.
  • Will be required to obtain a Maritime Security Identification Card.
  • Must be willing and able to work at sea on a research vessel for 12h shifts, 7 days per week, for up to 85 days per year, with minimal supervision (after adequate training).
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How to Apply

To apply online, please provide a CV and cover letter outlining your motivations for applying and your suitability for the role, paying particular attention to the requirements outlined in the .

Applications Close

Thursday 1 April, 2021 (11pm AEDT)

We reserve the right to withdraw this ad prior to the closing date.

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