CSIRO Engineering Fellowship in Energy Efficient Radio Astronomy Instrumentation

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The Opportunity

  • Do you have a PhD, or an engineering degree plus a Masters qualification, in Electronics Engineering, Signal Processing, or Computer Science?
  • Want to conduct research in developing energy-efficient signal processing technologies that can be used on the lunar far-side?
  • Join our team at CSIRO and help solve complex problems that make a real difference to our future. 

CSIRO Early Research Career (CERC) Postdoctoral Fellowships provide opportunities to scientists and engineers who have completed their doctorate and have less than three years of relevant postdoctoral work experience. These fellowships aim to develop the next generation of future leaders of the innovation system.

In this position you will research and develop energy-efficient signal processing technologies intended for applications in transient radio signal detectors that could be deployed in remote locations on Earth, or even on the lunar far-side.  Observing from extreme remote locations has many challenges, including, but not limited to, highly constrained power availability and limited communications bandwidth.  However, observing from remote locations also has its advantages, such as a lack of entrenched human-caused radio interference (especially in the case of the lunar far-side!).  In addition to working with senior research scientists and engineers, you will work closely with an astronomer postdoctoral fellow, who will be looking at developing the science cases for such remote radio observation instruments.  The instrument(s) which you will be helping to research and develop will likely be initially deployed to existing ATNF sites such as the Murriyang (Parkes) telescope site, ATCA (Australia Telescope Compact Array) site, and/or Inyarrimanha Ilgari Bundara, our Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory, home of our ASKAP (Australia Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder) telescope.

Your duties will include:

  • Research energy-efficient signal processing (analog and/or digital) solutions for all-sky radio transient monitoring instrumentation.
  • Develop the energy-efficient signal processing solutions in hardware and firmware/software.
  • Perform lab and field testing of developed equipment, and present results to senior staff and stakeholders.
  • Carry out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance to CSIRO that will, where possible, lead to novel and important scientific outcomes.
  • Present results at major national and international conferences.

To be considered you will need:

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD); OR hold an engineering degree plus a Master of Science (MSc) or Master of Engineering (MEng) qualification (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a masters) plus equivalent levels of original and significant contributions to research and development to that expected of someone of a new PhD graduate. The doctorate or masters must be in a relevant discipline area, such as Electronics Engineering, Signal Processing, or Computer Science. Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years (or full time equivalent) of relevant research experience.
  • Research and development (R&D) experience with signal processing systems and/or algorithms, with emphasis on energy efficiency.
  • High level written and oral communication skills with the ability to represent the research team effectively internally and externally, including the presentation of research outcomes at national and international conferences.
  • A sound history of publication in peer reviewed journals and/or authorship of scientific papers, reports, grant applications or patents.
  • A record of science innovation and creativity, including the ability & willingness to incorporate novel ideas and approaches into scientific investigations.

For full details about this role please view 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.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. 

Diversity and Inclusion

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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.

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  • Job type:Graduate Jobs
  • Disciplines:
    Engineering, Science
  • Work rights:
    Australian Working Visa, Australian Permanent
  • Locations:
  • Salary

    AU$92k - AU$101k plus up to 15.4% superannuation

  • Tenure

    Specified term of 3 years

  • Closing Date:31st Jan 2024, 12:00 pm


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