Senior Electrical Power Systems Researcher

Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Job posting number: #7069200 (Ref:cj_64410)

Posted: August 27, 2020

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

The Opportunity

Work at the leading edge of the worldwide electricity system transformation

With world leading uptake of renewable energy, Australia is tackling some of the world’s most complex electrical system integration projects.
Join the challenge with CSIRO – Australia’s National Science Agency – where you will:
•    Work in the team at the centre of Australia’s electricity system transformation
•    Develop and apply cutting edge solutions to solve real-world problems and deploy these in real grids servicing millions of people
•    Collaborate internationally while solving the challenges Australia’s power system is facing – years before most other countries.
•    Take your research to commercial success, with the opportunity for start-ups, spinouts or deployment to support major industrial partners.

CSIRO’s work delivers the data and analysis that underpins energy policy and implementation in Australia.  
Want to help drive the renewable energy revolution? Join the team!
Australia’s electricity system is leading the world in its transition to a decentralised, low-inertia power grid, with some parts already over 50% renewable energy penetration. Australia is facing system management, operations and modelling challenges before most other countries in the world – creating a range of exciting research opportunities.
Given these opportunities, CSIRO has a range of power system research positions open, working on applied research activities in electrical power systems and energy network modelling and control. These roles will work with a range of partners to take the latest optimisation, simulation and analytical techniques to solve the transition challenges in Australia’s electricity system. You will have the opportunity to build and maintain international networks of research collaborators, deploy your research in to real-world operating systems, and develop new science guiding the world’s energy transition.


Your duties will include

As a Senior Electrical Power Systems Researcher, you will lead applied research activities in electrical power systems and energy network modelling and control. This will include:

  • Leading modelling and simulation studies of Australia’s current and next-generation electricity generation, transmission and distribution systems (in near real-time and longer-term timeframes) – with a strong commitment to supporting our partners.
  • Developing approaches and techniques for solving grid challenges associated with renewable energy integration, managing battery systems or distributed energy resources. Deploying and testing these techniques in real-world, large scale deployments.
  • Interacting and collaborating with diverse industrial and research partners, including network service providers, universities, energy market operators, start-up companies, and others.
  • Developing research proposals and carrying out research investigations, requiring originality, creativity and innovation.
  • Communicating research results to a range of audiences, from policy makers to the general public, industrial clients and the scientific community.


Location: Newcastle, NSW preferred; other locations negotiable

Salary: AU$136K - AU$150K plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Specified term of 3 years

Reference: 64410


To be successful you will need
  • Bachelor’s degree and PhD or equivalent relevant work experience in engineering or mathematics, with a focus on power system modelling, optimisation or control
  • Extensive experience in electrical generation/distribution/transmission system modelling or optimisation and control
  • An enthusiasm for applied research solving current problems to support our commercial partners.

Ideally, you will have experience in:

  • Electromagnetic transient simulation (focus on frequency stability, protection schemes, hardware/software in the loop simulation); or
  • Power flow, optimal power flow, contingency analysis, reliability management in transmission systems, market clearing, unit commitment; or
  • other aspects related to distribution grid modelling (unbalanced power flow, harmonics, ‘smart grid’ customer side device integration).


For details about who to contact and for more information please view Position Description.


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

Flexible Working Arrangements

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This role will be based at the CSIRO Energy Centre in Newcastle, Australia – the main hub for power systems research within CSIRO.

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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

Friday 25th September 2020, 11:00pm AEST

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