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Experimental Scientist / Metrologist - High Voltage, Science & Technical Level 6, National Measurement Institute

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Employment type: Non-Ongoing - Specified Term, Ongoing
Location: Sydney
Categories: National Measurement Institute, APS Level 6

About the team?

The National Measurement Institute (NMI), a division within the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, is Australia's peak measurement body responsible for biological, chemical, legal, physical and trade measurement. NMI is internationally recognised as one of the world’s leading national metrology institutes. Our 330 staff deliver cutting edge measurement services and research from unique facilities across Australia.

The NMI’s Power Systems Technology Group is responsible for standards and precision measurements of high DC, AC and impulse voltage, and high current. It delivers specialised calibration and other measurement services to a variety of clients, including commercial calibration laboratories and government organisations. 

For more information about NMI, visit our website at

Our ideal candidate

An Experimental Scientist/Metrologist is required to develop and maintain measurement devices and systems for impulse high-voltage and high-current measurements, and to provide test and calibration services to industry for these quantities.

The successful candidate will have:

  • extensive knowledge and experience in precision electrical measurements, with practical experience in high-voltage metrology, including development of reference measurement systems for high-voltage lightning and switching impulses, high-voltage steep impulses, high-current impulses and high-voltage electrical fast transients
  • practical experience in the development of complex software, with knowledge of validation methodologies and application to a metrological environment, particularly with application to measurements of high-voltage impulses and high-current impulses
  • demonstrated proficiency and experience with the following software development, simulation and design platforms: Microsoft .NET frame work, National Instruments LabWindows, National Instruments LabView, VBA for Excel, Multisim, Solidworks and Ultiboard
  • demonstrated ability to work as part of team to deliver agreed technical/scientific outcomes
  • demonstrated prioritization and time management skills
  • demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills.

What you will do?

As the successful candidate, you will:

  • contribute to research and development of new measurement techniques, services, systems and standards in the areas of high voltage and high current
  • present research and development results in journals and at professional conferences
  • become a recognised authority in Australia and internationally in one or more of the above areas of measurement
  • contribute to the maintenance of NMI high-voltage and high-current measurement standards and participate in international comparisons of standards
  • propose and implement improvements to the calibration facilities and services
  • perform calibrations of clients’ and NMI instruments, including operating an elevated work platform at a height of up to 11 metres and driving a truck with a mobile high-voltage laboratory
  • liaise with calibration clients and develop effective relationships.
  • participate in the maintenance and improvement of the quality systems in the Power Systems Technology Group.


The successful candidate will have a Master’s or PhD degree in Electrical Engineering, Physics, or related area.


This recruitment process is being used to fill a current ongoing Science & Technical Level 6 position. A merit pool may be established to fill future ongoing and non-ongoing Science & Technical Level 6 vacancies should they become available within 12 months from the date advertised. Non-ongoing opportunities may be offered for an initial period of up to 18 months with the possibility of extension (maximum 3 years).

Security Clearance

This position requires a Baseline security clearance. The successful applicant will be required to obtain and maintain a clearance at this level.

How to apply

You are required to complete your application online. Aligning your responses with the above job description, provide:

  1. an explanation of how your skills, knowledge and experience will be relevant to this role (limit your response to between 300 and 500 words)
  2. tell us about three (3) professional achievements within the last 5 years that you are proud of (limit your total response to between 300 and 500 words)

You are also required to provide your current CV with your application. (CVs must be in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format)

Contact information

For more information regarding this opportunity, please contact Dr Ilya Budovsky via or on 02 8467 3541.

Learn more about the department

The department’s Enterprise Agreement and policies provide for a flexible working environment to assist staff balance their work and home life. Staff and managers work together to balance the operating needs of the work unit with the needs of the individual. Options may include part time working arrangements, working from home or other arrangements as agreed by all parties.

Select the links on the left-hand side of the page for more useful information about a career with the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

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