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Photonics Research Engineer for Mine Sensing Applications

Full time
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The Opportunity

  • Apply your expertise in Photonics Research Engineering
  • Play a vital role in the creation of new photonics devices and sensing technologies
  • Join CSIRO Mineral Resources – a diverse team working together to deliver impact in mineral exploration

The role of Research Projects staff in CSIRO is to collaborate in scientific and technological activities with other research staff usually by assisting with detailed planning, undertaking or assisting with experimental, observational or technology development work, and in carrying out the more practical aspects of the work.

CSIRO Mineral Resources is seeking a Photonics Research Engineer to support the Mining program at the Queensland Centre for Advanced Technologies.

This position will be focused on development activities for next generation and custom photonics sensing technologies, including distributed fibre optic sensors and silicon photonics-based sensors. This position will require hands-on simulation, design, processing, inspections, testing, packaging, and development of novel sensor systems within the CSIRO optics labs as well as trialling prototype sensor systems at mine sites under harsh environmental conditions.

Your duties will include:

  • Creation of new photonics devices and sensing technologies from conceptualization to simulation, design, process development, integration, testing, and delivery of hardware.
  • Interacting with customers or development partners to understand the specific requirements of a project and to update on challenges, risks, and progress
  • Coordinating with vendors such as foundries, packaging, and any outsourced processes
  • Under general direction, contribute to research and/or technology through the development of original and adapted experimental methods, equipment or software.
  • Make significant contributions to the interpretation and communication of research or technological results and collaborate on drafting presentations to, and/or detailed written reports for, clients and the scientific and/or technology community.
  • Communicate openly, effectively and respectfully with all staff, clients and suppliers in the interests of good business practice, collaboration and enhancement of CSIRO’s reputation.
  • Adhere to the spirit and practice of CSIRO’s Values, Code of Conduct, Health, Safety and Environment procedures and policy, Diversity initiatives and Zero Harm goals.
  • Other duties as directed.

Location: Brisbane – Pullenvale, Queensland

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

Tenure: Specified Term of 3 years, full-time

Reference: 92498

To be considered you will need:

  • Relevant master’s degree, PhD or equivalent relevant work experience in Photonics or relevant field, preferably with a focus on sensing
  • Background in modelling or device physics of photonic devices, specifically silicon or III-V photonics (Lumerical, COMSOL)
  • Familiarity with IC layout and verification tools (Luceda IPKISS, KLayout, Cadence, Mentor Graphics, Synopsys)
  • Demonstrated hands-on problem solver


  • Integration experience with non-CMOS technologies (MEMS, sensors, photonics, etc.)
  • Experience in embedded computer programming, IoT sensors, and distributed fibre optic sensors

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 and temporary visa holders with unrestricted work rights for the duration of the three-year term.

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

13 June 2023, 11:00pm AEST