Electronics and Development Engineer

Sydney, Australia
27 Feb 2018
End of advertisement period
19 Mar 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

NSW Smart Sensing Network

School of Physics

  • Opportunity to provide broad range of education administrative and operational support for the School of Physics
  • Located at Camperdown Campus
  • Full-time 12 month Fixed Term, remuneration package: $82,098 pa base salary + leave loading and up to 17% super

About the opportunity 

Reporting to the Co-Director, NSW Smart Sensing Network, you will work as part of the project supporting the development of cutting edge sensors. A key activity of the role is the ongoing development of the prototypes, with more work required to be done in optimising the electronics, the data communication, interfaces, running field calibration tests, designing further prototypes and the supporting materials, mechanics and systems. This project involves work in the laboratory and on location in and around Sydney.

In this position, you will be responsible to:

  • Rapidly and accurately develop printed circuit boards for prototyping new sensors. This covers the prototype life cycle from concept, breadboard, design, test, through to design for manufacture. The work will involve the assembly of the sensors from PCB in the laboratory to a field-usable device for testing on external sites. It will be necessary to assist with the mechanical, materials, and mechatronic interfaces, devices and structures to realise the sensors.
  • Metrology and data analytics. Measure and test, validation and verification.
  • Experimental design and robust adherence to the scientific method.
  • Develop custom code Python, C++ or other relevant programming languages.
  • Develop communications protocols including USB, mi-wi communication boards, 3G, zigbee, etc.
  • Power electronics: Able to incorporate AC, DC, low power, remote and renewable sources according to need.
  • Costing, procurement and other administrative capacity.
  • Impeccable engineering documentation and experimental record keeping. Assist scientists with publications.
  • Commitment to safety, reporting, diversity, and full contribution to university life.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance in recruiting talent aligned to these values in the pursuit of research excellence. We are looking for an Electronics & Development Engineer who possesses:

  • Experience in the development of PCB prototypes.
  • Experience in programming, data communications and power electronics
  • Experience in experimentation, experiment design and modelling, measure and test, validation and verification
  • Excellent communication skills, including demonstrated capacity in reporting, engineering documentation, presentations and/or proposal writing.
  • Demonstrated capacity in engineering management including writing project plans, keeping budgets, organising schedules and procurement.
  • Mechanical engineering skills including CAD and 3D printing experience with design for manufacture and mechanical prototyping.
  • Interdisciplinary engineering proficiency, including fluid mechanics and materials engineering knowledge.

About us

The Faculty of Science is currently comprised of six schools, including Chemistry, Geosciences, Life and Environmental Sciences, Mathematics and Statistics, Physics and Psychology, and the Unit for the History and Philosophy of Science, though these may change. This position is based in the School of Physics, but will build relationships across all schools in the faculty, other relevant faculties such as Engineering and Information Technology, Health Sciences, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy, and many Centres and Institutes across the university.

The NSW Smart Sensing Network commenced in mid-2016 to bring together smart sensing expertise in academia, industry and government to develop a strong, collaborative and innovative network that will deliver economic and social benefits for New South Wales. The plan for the next five years is to develop the NSW Smart Sensing Network (NSSN) into a prominent, research-led, industry engaged network focused on harnessing innovative sensing technology for the benefit of NSW. The compelling case for the NSSN is that it will build significantly on its excellent start, inspiring researchers, public and private companies and government agencies with stakes in sensing, through linkages, industry stimulus, strategy guidance and applied research breakthroughs so as to yield a significant multiplier on the seed investment. The Network will be end-user driven, responsive to the needs of government, industry and the community.

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion, and underpin our long-term strategy for growth. We’re Australia's first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ more than 6,000 academic and non-academic staff who support over 60,000 students.

We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us. 

For more information on the position and University, please view the candidate information pack available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website. Visit sydney.edu.au/recruitment and search by the reference number 182/0218 to apply.

Closing date: 11:30pm 19 March 2018

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

If we think your skills are needed in other areas of the University, we will be sure to contact you about other opportunities.

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