Mechatronic Engineer

Updated: 25 days ago
Location: Adelaide, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 06 Jan 2023

Job no:511078
Work type:Fixed term - Full-time
Categories:Technical, Laboratory and Research Support, HEO7

(HEO7) $91,187 - $101,989 per annum plus an employer contribution of up to 17% superannuation applies.

Fixed term, full-time position for 3 years with possibility of extension.

This is a unique opportunity to join one of Australia’s most well-funded applied physics research groups with outstanding connections to end-users. If you have a passion to see your efforts translated into real-world devices then this is the position for you.

The successful applicant will work in partnership with CSIRO under the AquaWatch Australia Mission , to develop cutting-edge hyperspectral imaging sensors for satellite, drone and airborne remote sensing. The project aims to monitor the health and manage quality of our precious inland waters and coastal zones, by developing an integrated observation system. This will include an extensive network of Earth observation satellites and ground-based sensors placed throughout Australia’s rivers and waterways to manage the health of inland and coastal waters. These sensors will work together with purpose-designed satellites to deliver real-time updates, predictive analytics and forecast warnings to water managers.

The Mechatronic Engineer will be responsible for supporting the development of software and hardware for upcoming satellite missions, and evaluating the performance of instruments, highlighting problems, communicating with an interdisciplinary team across multiple locations, and initiating solutions to improve advanced prototype instrument development.

The project will be undertaken in the positive, supportive and ambitious environment that exists within the Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS) at The University of Adelaide, as well as across CSIRO sites on Lot Fourteen and the Waite Campus.

IPAS has an annual research budget of more than $15M p.a., a membership of more than 250 people, and is headquartered in a $100M bespoke research building on the CBD campus of the University of Adelaide. IPAS has available a superb range of optical diagnostic and manufacturing equipment, precision manufacturing (3D metal and plastics printing), glass and optical fibre manufacture and MBE semiconductor manufacturing.   Equally importantly, IPAS provides strategic grants support, business development support and facility management through a high-performing and professional team. IPAS works to create new sensors that can measure the immeasurable, stimulate the creation of new industries, and improve productivity in existing industry. 

To be successful you will need:

  • A degree in Mechatronic Engineering or similar discipline, with subsequent relevant experience.
  • Experience with Linux operating system (Debian-based distributions preferable)
  • Advanced experience with Python (C and C++ desirable)
  • Experience interfacing with hardware (UART, I2C, SPI and USB)
  • To be comfortable working in a research environment where technical specifications and design requirements are in continuous development.

The successful candidate should have demonstrated success working in a team environment.

Enjoy an outstanding career environment

The University of Adelaide is a uniquely rewarding workplace. The size, breadth and quality of our education and research programs - including significant industry, government and community collaborations - offers you vast scope and opportunity for a long, fulfilling career.

It also enables us to attract high-calibre people in all facets of our operations, ensuring you will be surrounded by talented colleagues, many world-leading. Our work's cutting-edge nature - not just in your own area, but across virtually the full spectrum of human endeavour - provides a constant source of inspiration.

Our culture is one that welcomes all and embraces diversity consistent with our Staff Values and Behaviour Framework and our Values of integrity, respect, collegiality, excellence and discovery. We firmly believe that our people are our most valuable asset, so we work to grow and diversify the skills, knowledge and capability of all our staff.

We embrace flexibility as a key principle to allow our people to manage the changing demands of work, personal and family life. Flexible working arrangements are on offer for all roles at the University.

In addition, we offer a wide range of attractive staff benefits. These include: salary packaging; flexible work arrangements; high-quality professional development programs and activities; and an on-campus health clinic, gym and other fitness facilities.

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Your faculty's broader role

The Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology is a multidisciplinary hub of cutting-edge teaching and research. Many of its academic staff are world leaders in their fields and graduates are highly regarded by employers. The Faculty actively partners with innovative industries to solve problems of global significance. 

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If you have the talent, we'll give you the opportunity. Together, let's make history.

Click on the ‘Apply Now’ button to be taken through to the online application form. Please ensure you submit a cover letter, resume, and upload a document that includes your responses to all of the selection criteria for the position as contained in the position description or selection criteria document.

Applications close 11:55pm, 6th January 2023.

For further information

For a confidential discussion regarding this position, contact:

Dr Martin O’Connor
Grant-Funded Researcher (D)
P: +61 431 988 524

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The University of Adelaide is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who meet the requirements of this position are strongly encouraged to apply.


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