Senior Electrical Engineer - Lithium Battery Technology and Recycling

Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Melbourne, Australia

Job posting number: #7095725 (Ref:cj_82669)

Posted: March 16, 2022

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

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The Opportunity


  • Key role working on design, creation and testing of battery & hybrid energy systems
  • Lead projects using your electrical systems expertise & stakeholder management skills
  • Join CSIRO – Australia’s National Science Agency – in an ongoing role!


We are currently looking for an experienced and driven Senior Electrical Engineer, with a passion in coding and programming electrical systems & circuits, to join our CSIRO Energy team!

You will become part of CSIRO’s dynamic ‘Thermal and Electrochemical Technologies’ Group, which executes applied research & development in the areas of battery storage, hydrogen related technologies, biomass gasification processes, and renewable fuels-based IC engines. The team collaborates with various public and private sector industry partners (such as government organisations and leading automotive companies) to build, test and install battery prototype units and explore the battery recycling technology. 

In this role, you will lead & conduct the development, and the construction & testing of electronic hardware for specific battery & hybrid energy systems and their respective prototype units. You will also play a lead role in the testing & evaluation of battery and other energy storage technologies for performance. Another key aspect of your role will be to utilise your leadership and stakeholder management skills in leading project teams and in initiating & maintaining collaborative and sustainable relationships with key external clients and industry partners. 

This is a hands-on role, and would be a great opportunity to work with a multi-disciplinary team of R&D specialists, engineers and external industry experts, to grow and develop your specialist skills in electronics and battery technology!

Your duties will include:

  • Leading and developing system prototype and hardware construction, including breadboarding designs, construction of electronic systems, testing and evaluation.
  • Being responsible for the programming/coding work involved in prototype development.
  • Leading a small team and/or collaborating with staff from other teams in work that have unique or unusual features and complications, requiring the design & development of original technologies and/or the development of original experimental techniques and insightful interpretation of data.
  • Participating in project scoping and planning, by generating ideas in support of existing and further research and making significant contributions to the technological direction.
  • Initiating and maintaining collaborative relationships with external parties, with the aim to transfer technology to industry.
  • Managing the laboratory day-to-day operations, laboratory and equipment maintenance, including safe working instructions (SWI) and preventive maintenance schedules for the safe operation of laboratory equipment.


Location: Clayton, VIC

Salary: AU$117K to AU$138K pa + up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Indefinite

Reference: 82669

To be considered you will need:

  • Relevant trade certificate/diploma/bachelor’s degree, or equivalent combination of relevant qualifications and work experience, in electronics engineering and electrical systems.
  • Demonstrated understanding of electrical control systems such as PLC, HMI, battery management systems (BMS), micro controller programming etc.
  • Proven proficiency with various equipment and software such as (or equivalent) Altium Designer, Automation Organiser, Arduino IDE, Visio Professional, etc.
  • Demonstrated high level of initiative, ingenuity and skills to solve complex technological problems, and independence in identifying and characterising technological challenges.
  • Demonstrated experience in liaising with clients and leading project teams, including collaborating with and supervising people with varying skills and backgrounds.
  • Experience working with prototype construction & electrical systems testing, and a valid licence to carry out electrical work, would be highly desirable.  


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


Applications for this position are open to Australian Citizens, New Zealand Citizens and Australian Permanent Residents only.

Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check 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

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

10 April 2022, 11:00pm AEDT

We’re working hard to build a safe and welcoming culture where people can bring their whole selves to work. Valuing and enabling difference empowers our people, unlocking their potential to innovate and shape the future for our customers, all Australians and the world. We do the extraordinary every day. We innovate for tomorrow and help improve today. We're the people that stay awake solving the world’s big questions. This is true of our science and of our people. Our mission is to create benefit for Australia through impactful science and innovation but we know that that's not possible without an inclusive and diverse culture. We're working hard to recruit diverse people and ensure all our people feel supported to do their best work and empowered to let their ideas flourish.

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Job posting number:#7095725 (Ref:cj_82669)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:CSIRO
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