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Electronics Technician


Acknowledgement of Country CSIRO acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land, sea and waters, of the area that we live and work on across Australia. We acknowledge their continuing connection to their culture and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. View our vision towards reconciliation The Opportunity Space and Astronomy (S&A) manages CSIRO’s world-class facilities for radio astronomy and spacecraft tracking.

We are internationally renowned for our radio astronomy research and engineering expertise, and closely engaged with construction of the SKA, a €2 billion international project in radio astronomy sited jointly in Western Australia and South Africa. CSIRO’s radio astronomy observatories are collectively known as the Australia Telescope National Facility (ATNF) and comprise radio telescopes at three observatories in NSW near the towns of Parkes, Narrabri and Coonabarabran. A fourth telescope, the next-generation Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP), is operated at the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory (MRO) in Western Australia.

The Paul Wild Observatory near Narrabri is the location of the Australia Telescope Compact Array (ATCA), an array comprising six 22-metre high-performance dish antennas with receiver systems spanning 1.1GHz to 105GHz. In 2023 we will commence a major upgrade of the telescope’s entire data processing system, in a multi-million dollar project called BIGCAT.

The Observatory will also host the first of a series of low-frequency (50-350MHz) clusters as part of a future long-baseline array to operate with SKA. The observatory site is located 25 km from the township of Narrabri. Transport between Narrabri and the Observatory site is provided.

We are seeking an Electronics Technician be part of the support team for the ATCA Observatory Operations and, together with ATNF staff at other sites, to support delivery of major new instrumentation projects including BIGCAT. You will work under broad supervision and guidance to provide technical support of complex digital, analogue and radio frequency systems including low-noise receivers, digital signal processing, control and monitoring, and timing systems. The role includes participating in planning for critical systems maintenance activities, fault finding and testing, and participating in the planning and deployment of new state-of-the-art instrumentation.

You will be part of a small multi-disciplinary engineering team located on the Narrabri site but working at times within the broader ATNF technical team including at our Marsfield Headquarters to maintain operations and support new projects such as BIGCAT. This is an opportunity to combine the advantages of a rural lifestyle with a role that presents unique challenges at a world-class science and technology research facility. Your duties will include: Work within a multi-disciplinary team to monitor system performance and maintain the Observatory electronics systems, to ensure the.


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