Mechanical Engineer-Research

Company Details

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The Opportunity


  • ​​​​​​Join team CSIRO and help make the impossible possible!
  • Bring your Engineering expertise, allowing world class science to operate smoothly
  • Strong stakeholder engagement, supportive team environment


Join team CSIRO! as our Mechanical Engineer where you will work with likeminded passionate team members in our CBIS Engineering Services area, which is a centralised engineer group within CSIRO’s Research community. Your role within the group will involve working closely with researchers, working on developing optical telescopes for Earth Observation from satellites and design mechanical components to house optical telescopes and sensors. You will also be responsible for coordinating and running vibration testing of the payload when required.


You will be part of a team that liaises with mechatronics, electrical and software engineers both within and external to CSIRO and be agile and flexible to incorporate varying and competing design requirements. Within the CBIS Engineering Services group, you will work with other engineers and trades staff and technicians working on engineering, design, mechanical fabrication, electrical, electronics, documentation, robotics, automation, software, controls, machine and electrical safety, maintenance, repair, and project management.


If you are excited at the prospect of bringing your skills and experience to a values driven organisation and partnering with various stakeholders to support a culture of continuous improvement, why wait? apply today!

Your duties will include:

  • Develop and design components and systems for use in Space applications such as satellites.
  • Follow design into manufacturing process and ensure manufacture is completed to specifications.
  • Use of CAD, specifically Autodesk Inventor and Solidworks; create and maintain drawings and other documentation to AS1100; create and oversee quality assurance procedures.
  • Material selection, CAE, and weight and shape optimisation.
  • Support a culture of continuous improvement.
  • Practise a system of open and honest communication.
  • Participate with research project leaders to develop initiatives that require engineering.
  • Perform QA using metrology instruments such as coordinate measuring machines and laser scanning.
  • Domestic travel may be required when necessary.


Location: Clayton, Vic

Salary: AU$68,148 – AU$86,733 plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Specified term of 1 year

Reference: 93502

To be considered you will need:

  • A tertiary degree in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent area.
  • Demonstrated technical knowledge and skills related to leading and managing engineering projects.
  • Strong people and communication skills to ensure on-time delivery of projects.
  • Business development focus to promote the services and offerings of the Engineering Services group.
  • CAD: at least two years with Autodesk Inventor and Solidworks for design and drawings
  • At least two years’ experience in design of components for Space applications.
  • Demonstrated experience using metrology for Quality Assurance of manufactured components.


  • Experience in project management.
  • Experience working in a research facility.


For full details about this role please review the Position Description


Applications for this position are open to Australian/New Zealand Citizens, Australian Permanent Residents or you must either hold, or be able to obtain, a valid working visa for the duration of the specified term. Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements. If the successful candidate is not an Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident, they may be required to undergo additional security clearances, which may include medical examinations and an international standardised test of English language proficiency (i.e. IELTS test).-

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.


CSIRO is committed to values-based leadership to inspire performance and unlock the potential of our people.


CSIRO is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people involved in our activities and programs, whether we are undertaking research, engaging with the public or nurturing future scientists in person or online. Source – CSIRO Child Safe policy 2023

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

6 August 2023, 11:00pm AEST

Tagged as: mechanical, research, engineering

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