Electronics Technician - Australia Telescope Compact Array, Narrabri - CSIRO - IndustrialCareer

First listed on: 22 September 2020

Electronics Technician - Australia Telescope Compact Array, Narrabri

  • Join a thriving and friendly rural community
  • Work in a world-leading radio-astronomy research facility
  • Provide equipment maintenance for national and international users and visitors

As an Electronics Technician with the Australia Telescope Compact Array, you will work with a team of experts at the Australia Telescope National Facility (ATNF) in Narrabri (north-western NSW). This unique opportunity to join one of the world’s leading research facilities will present you with a wide range of technical challenges. Working within a small team, you will undertake on-the-job training to gain specific knowledge and experience to carry out technical maintenance, operations support and upgrades on the various systems of the telescope infrastructure.

The Australia Telescope Compact Array is located 25km outside Narrabri at the Paul Wild Observatory.  Administered by the CSIRO, it is one of the largest interferometer radio telescopes in the southern hemisphere with some unique capabilities.  Narrabri rests on the banks of the Namoi River and offers great amenities such as sporting and social clubs, a variety of shops, restaurants and leisure options. Only a two-hour drive to Tamworth (the area’s major regional centre and home to Australia’s largest Country Music Festival), the town is also well connected to Sydney by air and rail and Brisbane by air.  

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In this role you will:

  • Undertake on-the-job training to gain knowledge and experience specific to the Australia Telescope Compact Array.
  • Maintain the electronics instrumentation of the telescope.
  • Undertake fault diagnosis and routine maintenance.
  • Attend to afterhours breakdowns and work flexible hours as required (including occasional travel to other sites).
  • Coordinate resources for both planned and unplanned maintenance activities.
  • Work to improve or create documentation for processes associated with maintenance activities.

Location: Narrabri, regional New South Wales
Salary: AU$63k - AU$80k per annum, plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Indefinite
Reference: 69234

To be considered you will hold a relevant Electronics Certificate, Associate Diploma or equivalent (or be working toward either), in Electrical/Electronic Engineering.  You will also have:

  • A current Class ‘C’ Australian driver’s licence (or equivalent)
  • The ability and willingness to work and access heights up to 50m above the ground.
  • commitment to Health, Safety and Environment as a core value.
  • Experience with soldering, rework of PCBs and electronic modules as well as mechanical assembly.
  • Experience in fault finding and diagnostics to solve unique problems for a wide variety of systems.

To see all the criteria required for success in this role, click on the ‘Position Details’ link below.

Position Details


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

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. Talk to us about how this role could be flexible for you. Balance

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How to Apply

To apply online, please provide a CV and cover letter outlining your motivations for applying and your suitability for the role, paying particular attention to the requirements outlined in the Position Details.

Applications Close

Sunday 4 October, 2020 (11pm AEDT

For the selection documentation and details on how to apply, visit www.csiro.au/careers or call 1300 984 220