Marine Sensor Systems Engineer

Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Hobart, Australia

Job posting number: #7099694 (Ref:cj_84093)

Posted: May 11, 2022

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Acknowledgement of Country

CSIRO acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land, sea and waters, of the area that we live and work on across Australia. We acknowledge their continuing connection to their culture and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. View our vision towards reconciliation

The Opportunity


  • Collaborate on various projects within CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere, as well as other BU’s as appropriate
  • Apply your electrical and mechatronic engineering skills to research challenges across varied domains
  • Create a dynamic career path in this exciting and varied role


CSIRO’s Ocean and Atmosphere business unit is uniquely placed to deliver significant economic, social and environmental benefits for Australia and the region. CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere provides the knowledge to manage Australia's marine estate and atmospheric environment, plan for and respond to weather and climate related natural hazards and ensure sustainable coastal development and growth of marine industries. We seek to secure Australia’s future through our seas and skies.


As the Marine Sensor Systems Engineer, you will support a number of projects within the CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere Business Unit, covering the Marine Monitoring and Surveillance, Pollution, and Transforming Coastal Monitoring and Mapping domains. You will have knowledge of electrical and mechatronic engineering. You will work within a team of scientists and engineers to deliver projects across the marine research field with a focus on sensor and instrumentation development, supported by embedded machine learning and remote communications. Key activity areas at present include development of autonomous sensors for underwater acoustics, biosensing, and environmental pollutants.

Your duties will include:

  • Collaborate as part of a diverse and inclusive multidisciplinary team to conceptualise, design and deliver technology projects to support the strategic goals of CSIRO Oceans & Atmosphere
  • Lead electronic and mechanical hardware design for sensor systems, subject to input from other technical experts and project leaders
  • Contribute to the development of onboard data processing, including both classical signal processing and implementation of deep learning approaches
  • Lead development of embedded systems hardware and software
  • Participate cooperatively in the design, planning and delivery of research projects in the marine environment
  • Participate in land and water-based field work
  • Interact with internal and external collaborators in building strong interpersonal relationships, defining and balancing workloads, and delivering agreed outcomes.


Location:  Hobart, TAS

Salary:  AU$102k – AU$111k plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure:  3 year specified term

Reference:  84093

To be considered you will need:

  • Tertiary Degree in electronic engineering or related field
  • Demonstrated experience with embedded system development, including hardware, firmware development, communications and IoT
  • Knowledge of CAD and rapid prototyping
  • Demonstrated experience with electronic circuit design, testing, and evaluation
  • Experience in sensor development & testing
  • Experience with machine learning models, particularly deep learning approaches
  • Successful history of working in interdisciplinary teams, delivering environmental or related sensor systems


  • Experience working in molecular or chemical laboratory settings, including field data collection and processing
  • Experience with passive acoustic sensors and monitoring applications
  • Experience developing and implementing edge computing systems
  • Coastal and small vessel Fieldwork experience


For full details about this role please review the Position Description


To be eligible to work in CSIRO you must be an Australian/ New Zealand Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident or either hold, or be able to obtain, a valid working visa (sponsorship may be provided to eligible candidates).

The successful applicant will be required to obtain a National Police check or equivalent.

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

12 June 2022, 11:00pm AEST

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:#7099694 (Ref:cj_84093)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:CSIRO
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