First listed on: 13 August 2022

Instrumentation Engineer/Technician - Seagoing


Acknowledgement of Country

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The Opportunity

  • Support Australia’s only blue-water research vessel – the RV Investigator
  • Work at sea for up to 85 days per year
  • Work on state-of-the-art equipment and contribute to successful research voyage outcomes

Funded by the Australian Government since 1984, the Marine National Facility (MNF) provides a keystone element of the nation’s research infrastructure by providing the only blue-water research capability available in Australia.  The 94m research vessel, Investigator was commissioned in 2014-15 and is available for multidisciplinary research in the oceans and seas around Australia, from the tropics to the Antarctic ice-edge. 

As a Scientific Instrumentation Engineer or Technician for the MNF, you will work at sea aboard the RV Investigator. With a primary focus on contributing to successful research voyages and delivering scientific outcomes for the MNF and its clients, you will operate and maintain scientific equipment on the research vessel and ashore.  To be successful, you will draw on your mechanical aptitude, have good knowledge of electronics and instrumentation and bring strong problem solving abilities to the role.

Your duties will include:

  • Participate in research voyages and operate scientific equipment, performing maintenance and repair of instrumentation, and reporting on equipment performance and status.
  • Install, service and repair electronic equipment and instrumentation.
  • Design, develop and configure new electronics and instrumentation systems including installation and commissioning of systems aboard vessels.
  • Comply with organisational requirements, including but not limited to procedures around travel, reporting, HSE, and general administrative responsibilities.
  • Work collaboratively as part of a multi-disciplinary team, interact with clients professionally, and monitor satisfaction.

Location: Hobart, Tasmania
Salary: AU$66k - AU$84k per annum, plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Indefinite – Full-time
Reference: 86076

To be considered you will need:

  • A minimum of a Diploma in Engineering with a focus on electronics, communications, or instrumentation.
  • An understanding of electronic, analogue and digital circuitry, and how they interface with external sensors and devices, with demonstrated experience installing and servicing electronic and scientific instrumentation. 
  • The ability to fault-find and problem-solve routine or unusual repair and maintenance problems.
  • Efficiency in approaching organisation and prioritisation of concurrent tasks, and the ability to maintain a calm temperament under pressure.
  • Mechanical aptitude with the ability to undertake fabrication, repairs and maintenance using hand tools and/or machinery.
  • Proven interpersonal abilities, with experience working effectively within and across teams.
  • The ability to communicate in a fluent, courteous and respectful manner.

To see the full list of criteria for this role, please view the Position Details


  • Applications are open to Australian or New Zealand Citizens and Australian Permanent Residents.
  • The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Clearance or equivalent, and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. 

Diversity and Inclusion

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How to Apply

Please apply online and 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 Position Details.

Applications Close

Wednesday 31 August, 2022 (11pm AEST)

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

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