Mechanical / Mechatronic Engineer

Date Posted: 4 Dec 2023

Location: Newcastle, NSW, AU

Company: CSIRO

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The Opportunity

  • Contribute to the development of solar energy technologies for utility scale photovoltaics
  • Demonstrate your skills Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics
  • Join CSIRO Energy’s Solar Technologies Group!


CSIRO’s Energy Business Unit is seeking an experienced Research Engineer to join the Solar Technologies team, based in Newcastle.


As the Research Engineer, you will contribute to the development of solar energy technologies specifically for utility scale photovoltaics.  You will work in a multi-disciplinary engineering and scientific team to develop ground-breaking technology. Active projects include work in industrial scale photovoltaic applications including but not limited to novel racking and mount designs, autonomous maintenance robotics, and novel module designs for next generation solar cells.


Applications to this position are invited across two competency levels, the appointment level will be determined by the qualifications, skills and relevant experience of the successful candidate.


Your duties will include:

  • Contributing to the development of new solar energy technologies, with a focus on utility scale photovoltaics through the design, prototyping, and implementation of mechanical and automated, components and systems.
  • Developing automated mechanical systems across a range of Utility Scale Photovoltaic technologies with the aim of reducing costs of deployment and operation.
  • Demonstrate developed solar technologies in the field in collaboration with commercial partners
  • Leading client engagement, project development, planning, and delivery.
  • Leading and supervising staff to ensure experiments are established in accordance with the research design and are completed within the agreed timeframes and budget.
  • Using well developed communication skills to represent CSIRO externally, including in public forums, with industry, the research sector, and with Government.
  • Other duties as directed.


Location: Newcastle, NSW

Salary:  AU$105k - $142k + up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure:  Specified term of 4 years

Reference:  94939


To be considered you will need:

  • A PhD (or an equivalent combination of qualifications and research experience) in a relevant field such as Mechanical Engineering or Mechatronics including 5+ years of practical experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to undertake original, creative and innovative research by generating and pursuing novel ideas and solutions to scientific research problems.
  • A demonstrated publication history of authorship on scientific papers in peer reviewed journals and/or reports, grant applications or inventorship on patent applications.
  • Advanced skills in developing prototypes or virtual models for production.
  • Advanced skills in in CAD modelling of mechanical components using Solidworks, Catia, Fusion 360, or similar.
  • Evidence of Hands-on experience in prototyping production ready designs
  • A history of professional and respectful behaviours and attitudes in a collaborative environment.



  • Experience in Photovoltaics
  • Experience in large scale renewable energy deployment.


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.


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.

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

07 January 2024, 11:00 pm AEDT

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