Electronics Technician - ASKAP

Date Posted: 5 Feb 2024

Location: Geraldton, WA, AU

Company: CSIRO

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The Opportunity

  • Combine the advantages of ocean-side lifestyle in a role working with leading-edge technology 
  • Leverage your electronics expertise to make a difference in radio astronomy and spacecraft tracking 
  • Join CSIRO's Space and Astronomy business unit and contribute to world-class initiatives


We're recruiting technicians at our Space and Astronomy business unit, which manages CSIRO’s world-class facilities for radio astronomy and spacecraft tracking. 

The next-generation Australian SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP), a world-class radio telescope, is producing high impact science results, including discovering new galaxies with its new depths of sensitivity. An upgrade to the telescope called CRACO is underway, designed to detect Fast Radio Bursts and other transient sources with increased sensitivity.

ASKAP is operated at Inyarrimanha Ilgari Bundara, CSIRO’s Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory, in Western Australia.


The position

We are seeking an Electronics Technician to be part of the support team for ASKAP Operations and, together with other sites, to support planning and delivery of instrumentation upgrades, including CRACO.

Your role will support complex digital, analogue and radio frequency systems including the PAF receivers, digital signal processing, control and monitoring, and timing systems.

The role includes participating in planning for systems maintenance activities, fault diagnosis and testing, and participating in the planning of deployment of new state-of-the-art instrumentation.


You will be part of our engineering team located on our Geraldton site, but working at times within the broader telescope technical team to maintain operational support and support new projects, such as CRACO.


Please note: Frequent travel to the Inyarrimanha Ilgari Bundara, CSIRO’s Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory (approx. 350km northeast of Geraldton) will be required. Visits will be typically five days in duration and require overnight stays at the Boolardy accommodation facility.


Your duties will include:

  • Monitoring system performance and maintaining the Observatory electronics systems.
  • Applying your knowledge and experience, working under limited direction, to undertake fault diagnosis and corrective maintenance on a diverse range of specialised analogue and digital electronic equipment, sharing your knowledge and skills with other staff.  
  • Undertaking repairs to electronic equipment and modules down to component level. 
  • Proactively identifying potential spares issues or failure modes, working with external suppliers or staff at other ATNF sites to determine suitable replacement parts or alternative solutions.  
  • Actively participating in planning and design of instrumentation upgrades for the Observatory.
  • Actively contributing to documentation associated with equipment repair and maintenance, including management of system drawings and schematics, and configuration management. 
  • Traveling occasionally to other ATNF sites to assist with installation and maintenance of electronics systems.   
  • Traveling frequently to the site of the ASKAP radio telescope, 350km northeast of Geraldton. 


Location: Geraldton, WA

Salary: AU$89,680 to AU$101,459 plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Indefinite 

Reference: 93354


To be considered you will need:


  • A relevant Electronics Certificate, Associate Diploma or equivalent in Electrical/Electronic/RF Engineering with at least 5 years relevant experience.  
  • Demonstrated experience in diagnosing complex electronics systems and aptitude for advancing system knowledge. 
  • Proven ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary, regionally dispersed team, and to carry out tasks autonomously. 
  • Demonstrated experience with soldering, rework of PCBs and electronic modules as well as mechanical assembly.
  • Extensive experience with data cabling including working with optic fibre installation, splicing and optical measurement equipment.  
  • Willingness to travel to other CSIRO sites for training and professional development or to assist with the repairs, installation or maintenance of equipment.  
  • The ability and willingness to operate elevated work platforms to access heights up to 25m above the ground.  
  • Demonstrated commitment to safe work practices, environmental sustainability and the principles of equity and diversity. 
  • A current Class ‘C’ Australian driver’s licence (or equivalent).    


  • An understanding of RF systems and a mechanical aptitude. 
  • Experience with single-mode optic fibre installation and splicing.  
  • Experience with computer aided drafting (CAD).  
  • Familiarity with modern project management platforms and/or collaboration tools such as Jira and Confluence. 


For full details about this role please review the Position Description.



Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.


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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

3rd March 2024, 11:00pm AEST/AEDT

11:00 PM

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